ALPLM to host "Abe and Mary: Quite Contrary" walking tours

ALPLM to host "Abe and Mary: Quite Contrary" walking tours. (File photo)

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum is offering special tours this summer that allows visitors to explore Springfield while also learning about the romance between Lincoln and Mary Todd.

The “Abe and Mary: Quite Contrary” walking tour takes visitors through downtown Springfield, past the spots where the couple fell for one another, where they broke up but reunited and married, and where they lived happily until leaving for Washington.

The tour is free and will be offered every Tuesday at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. in June, July and August.

The tour covers 1.5 miles and takes nearly an hour. Guests are urged to wear comfortable shoes, dress appropriately and bring water.

Visitors will start the tour at the museum; it will end at the First Presbyterian Church, located on Seventh Street and Capitol Avenue.

“It really is striking just how contrary Abraham and Mary were on so many levels – their educations, upbringings, temperaments. At the same time, they complemented each other so well that they were able to achieve the impossible,” said one of the guides, Jenifer Brownell.

Tour participants are encouraged to reserve a spot on the tour early, as spots tend to fill up fast. To reserve a spot on a tour, click here.

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