New York Times Reviews Lincoln Cottage at Old Soldiers Home

by Prince Of Petworth February 14, 2008 at 11:18 pm 5 Comments

Thanks to a reader for alerting me to this article in the New York Times about Lincoln’s Summer retreat in the Old Soldier’s Home. An excerpt:

“Right now the cottage distills the strengths and weaknesses of the house museum. Its power is the power of association, its contact with a historical presence; we literally walk in a great figure’s footsteps. But everything else must be filled in with imagination and scholarship, with objects and anecdote. I don’t think, in the long run, the visitors’ center and guided tours will suffice; the museum plans a research institute that may end up amplifying the offerings.”

So do you think the opening on Feb. 19th will be a big draw for tourists?

  • lazy cake

    Probably not…..I’m sure its hard to get toursits off the Mall and out of downtown to come see an old house in the middle of Petworth. Hopefully I’m wrong.

  • saf

    Next year is the bicentennial of Lincoln’s birth. There will be a LOT of promotions going on around that. I expect that the cottage will be a big draw.

    Personally, I’m really looking forward to finally getting in there to see the place.

  • bogfrog

    I would not mind being invited to the opening — Feb 19 is this Tuesday, eh?

  • Steve

    I wonder if we will be able to tramp around the rest of the AFRH. I got in there two years ago with my Dad on his military ID. It has some of the best views of the city! Really nice.

  • Parkwood Person

    Steve- how did you work that?? My husband is active duty and they wouldn’t let us in to look around… Perhaps I should try again, and tell the guards I am doing pre-planning trip, scouting out places where I can put him when he becomes no longer useful to me….


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