Mighty Life List: 28. Tour Lincoln’s Cottage at the Old Soldier’s Home.

lincoln's cottage at the soldier's home.

Before Camp David, there was the Soldier’s Home. Although established in 1851 as a retirement home for military personnel (which it remains to this day), it also hosted four Presidents during the hot and steamy summer months, most notably among them, President Lincoln. The Soldier’s Home (and Lincoln’s Cottage) are just a short walk from our house, and although we have lived there two and a half years, we hadn’t actually made it over for a tour. We decided Lincoln’s Cottage would make a perfect Christmas Eve date – because we are dorky, historic house buffs like that. So good we married each other 🙂

It was pretty neat. The Cottage (if you can really refer to a 30-something room house that way) was restored just a few years ago and is mostly unfurnished, but the guide did a good job talking about what was known of Lincoln’s time in the house. One thing that I found really interesting was that while Lincoln and his family lived at the cottage in the summer months, he commuted on horseback to the White House every day for work – a true Washingtonian!

If you like history and happen to find yourself in the neighborhood, Lincoln’s Cottage is a good way to spend an hour or two.

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Mighty Life List: 28. Tour Lincoln’s Cottage at the Old Soldier’s Home.

TBR: When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American Women from 1960 to the Present

I’m a big history buff (if I did college all over again, I think I would be a history major), but my fondest love is for Social History. I’m not as interested in wars and governments as I am in the history of people (although of course wars and governments have quite an impact on people). When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American Women from 1960 to the Present by Gail Collins is a great look at the history of the last 50 years and how it has affected the lives of women. And everything has indeed changed – so drastically in my mother’s lifetime – that it’s amazing to be reminded of how different things used to be. Collins writes an interesting and very readable account of this time period and shows just how far we’ve come, and what issues still remain.

In addition to wanting to read this for the TBR challenge, I’m also hosting Book Club this month, so this was my selection for that. I’m looking forward to hearing what other folks have to say about the book.

TBR: When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American Women from 1960 to the Present