The Lincoln Home

October 24, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

This house was the only home that Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln ever owned. It was in this house where he was first elected to the House of Representatives in 1846 and to the Presidency in 1860. He was here when word was brought to him that he had been elected.  Their son, Robert, donated the home to the State of Illinois in 1887 with the provision that it be open to the public without charge.

The area surrounding the home has been designated a historic site and, although it is just south of the downtown area, one can easily imagine the scene of more than 150 years ago when the Lincoln family lived here.

I took several photos of this house, including some at night, but I enjoyed this autumn, very early morning scene the most. By the way, avoid the distraction of blank, bright skies by seeking framing elements like leaves. I changed my point of view to include them and intentionally used a small lens aperture to keep the house and the leaves in focus. And yes, I used a tripod.

 


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