So we are continuing our tour of New Salem, Illinois. Here Abraham Lincoln first arrived in Illinois around 1830 and lived and worked in this village until 1837. The many log buildings had been moved away by the town, but were recently brought back and reconstructed back on their original foundations. This large building was a story and a half stone barn that was converted into a gift shop. It was lovely inside with a lot of natural light from the windows.
At New Salem, Illinois just West of Springfield they had over 30 original log cabin structures. Some of the cabins you could go into or peek in the door or window. Many cabins that were used for living in, were painted white inside. This must of been to improve the light and perhaps the cleanliness.
Just 20 miles outside of Springfield, Illinois is the tiny old town of New Salem where Abraham Lincoln lived from 1830-1837. He floated in on a boat down the river and was offered a job in a store there. It is here he first ran for political office and failed, but he kept at it. He worked as a postmaster, surveyor and enlisted in the militia for the Black Hawk Indian War, which was required. He was voted by his men to lead them overwhelmingly.
These log cabins (30+ of them) were original to the site and are now a State Historical site. Earlier, the citizens of New Salem decided to move the town and all the cabins and buildings were relocated to another town. Recently, the entire town was moved back to its original site by the State on the original foundations.
For more history see: New Salem
Downtown Springfield, Illinois just a few blocks from the Old State Capitol Building, sits the original Abraham Lincoln House on its original place. This four block area is now preserved as a National Historic area with Rangers giving tours. This house us restored to the condition it was as of about 1860 complete with the second story railing put up by Lincoln to keep his kids out of mischief.
His boy’s bedroom was on this second floor and they used to go out on the roof.
A famous painting of the house in 1860:
At the Greycliff Estate designed by Frank Lloyd Wright around 1927 South of Buffalo, NY there was a nice three car garage. Above this was the “Foster” Home or apartment. Inside the garage was a nice antique car from the exact era on loan from the local Pierce Arrow Transportation museum in Buffalo. I was told it was a 1927 Pierce Arrow model 80 enclosed drive Limo like the Martins owned (was it actually theirs?) back in the day. It even has 1927 license plates.
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This a view of the Garage/Apartment area of the Greycliff Estate by Frank Lloyd Wright on Lake Erie South of Buffalo. This section was connected to the main part of the house by a few walls that were at a right angle. They made an “apartment” over the three car garage/ carriage house there that was bigger than most people’s homes. In this one area, Isabelle Martin allowed Frank Lloyd Wright to be more himself and use cantilevered overhangs and wide horizontal eves as he normally did. This Foster House, where the daughter and son in law of the Martins lived, is therefore more typical of Frank Lloyd Wright. I will show several views from different angles so you can see the soaring roofs and wide eves and cantilevered balconies not really present in the Main Greycliff house section:
From the back of the Greycliff Estate by Frank Lloyd Wright, you can see why they call it Greycliff. The house sits 65 feet high over Lake Erie with great views of the beach below and of Buffalo in the distance. The cliff is rocky and grey and has layers of different types on rocks. This view of the edge and beach does not show how very far down it is to the beach below:
A view in the other direction where you can see the skyline of Buffalo off in the distance: