I was able to spend a little time with the grandkids this weekend. Saturday, we took a road trip to Springfield, Illinois. MiniQuilter’s brother, MarioFan, has a fascination with Abraham Lincoln so we promised him a day trip to some of the Lincoln sites. MiniQuilter is not really into history, but she went along for the party. We had a beautiful day–beautiful
hot warm sunshine.
Our first stop was Lincoln’s Tomb. It’s pretty impressive. The design is symbolic in many ways and it has a very nice collection of Lincoln sculpture. It was a very interesting visit. You can take a virtual visit here.
After a quick stop to buy a stovepipe hat and beard for MarioFan, we were off to Lincoln’s home. A slight problem when MarioFan bumped into a stacked display of Lincoln Logs—the tins rolled through the gift shop as my husband slinked out the door, leaving me with a cute little red-faced boy! When we went outside to wait for the tour to begin, MarioFan announced his disappointment that the home was not a log cabin. (This later led me to do a Google search for an Abraham Lincoln log cabin–another trip for another day.) Once inside, I was very disappointed—not one quilt! Not even in the servant’s room. Lots of woven coverlets…no quilts. I mean, seriously Mary Todd Lincoln…not one quilt? MiniQuilter and I enjoyed the tour of the home…the furniture and all the “pretties”. MarioFan on the other hand, was most impressed by the “little house out back”. He had a hard time wrapping his head around that one. Ah….eight year olds!
A pleasant surprise! There was a Civil War encampment on the grounds of the Old State Capitol. It was basically a medical encampment and there were displays of medical kits and such. There was a surgical “demo” that the kids surprisingly enjoyed. I’m just happy that medicine has come a long way, baby! We walked past a tent that housed both Grant and Lee. (Nice to see the boys getting along!) These two men looked so much like the generals that it was uncanny! These re-enactors take this very seriously and stay in character at all times. Throughout the entire camp, I only saw one quilt! It was not an antique, but very pretty.
Inside the Old State Capitol building, ladies and gents in period costumes were dancing. I always find these events fascinating. I love to see the men in their uniforms and the women in the big dresses. Although at 90 plus degrees, I was glad that it was them and not me in a wool jacket or a hoop skirt!
And, as always, with two eight year olds, I made several trips to the “necessary room”. (Good thing for MarioFan that these were inside and flushed!) So, if you’ll ever be in Springfield, give me a ring—I can tell you where all the bathrooms are!
I’ll leave you with a short slide show of our day.