Mary Todd Lincoln House


When Mary Todd was born here in 1818, Abraham Lincoln and his family had left the second of their Kentucky farms and were living in Indiana. Many years later, the two ended up in Springfield, IL. When they met, Mary was being courted by Lincoln’s Democratic Party rival, Stephen A. Douglas. Although their shared political party must have helped unite Abraham and Mary, it’s nice to think that their shared Kentucky roots also played a role.

Insightful docents lead hour-long tours through the brick, 14-room, late-Georgian house that was Mary’s home until she was 21. What’s considered the “first shrine to a first lady” is filled with period furniture, portraits, and personal items from both the Todd and Lincoln families.


578 W. Main St.
Lexington, Kentucky 40507


38.05140800, -84.50276100

Open Hours

Mar. 15--Nov., Mon.--Sat. 10--3; tours on the hr. 10--2.
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(859) 233-9999

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