Front Hallway

See where Abraham Lincoln hung his famous stovepipe hat as you step into the house. The dining room is straight ahead, the parlor is on the left, with the sitting room on the right.

For many years Lincoln used his hat as a mini briefcase, stashing letters and documents in the lining. In an 1850 letter he said, "I am ashamed of not sooner answering your letter, herewith returned; and, my only apologies are, first, that I have been very busy in the U.S. court; and second, that when I received the letter I put it in my old hat, and buying a new one the next day, the old one was set aside, and so, the letter lost sight of for a time."

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