Christmas open house Dec. 6 at Postville
rocking chair used by Abraham Lincoln
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[November 21, 2008]
A rocking chair used by Abraham
Lincoln will join period holiday decorations, music and sweets
during the Christmas open house scheduled for Dec. 6, noon-4 p.m.,
at Postville Courthouse State Historic Site, 914 Fifth St. in
Lincoln. The event is free and open to the public.
When Lincoln was riding the 8th Judicial Circuit between
Springfield and Charleston, he often stayed with his friend Illinois
state Sen. Maldon Jones. Lincoln's favorite chair when visiting
Jones was a rocker that will be displayed at Postville Courthouse
during the Dec. 6 event.
The courthouse will be decorated in the simple but beautiful style
of the mid-1800s, and its Christmas tree will feature prairie dolls,
wooden decorations and grapevines. Tour guides will explain the
ornaments on the tree and how they were crafted in the 1840s.
and 2 p.m., Lincoln historian Guy Fraker will talk about Lincoln in
Logan County. His presentations will be in the historic upstairs
Period music by the Postville Express, featuring John Sutton,
Manny Gaston and others, will fill the historic building. Musician
and storyteller Mike Anderson will also perform.
Abraham and Mary Lincoln impersonators will greet visitors as
Cake and fruit punch will be served.
The site will have 300 feet of decorations along the log fence
again this year.
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Courthouse State Historic Site is administered by the
Preservation Agency. It is a reproduction of the first Logan
County Courthouse, in use from 1840 to 1847. Abraham Lincoln
practiced law in the original wooden structure while riding the 8th
Postville Courthouse is open Tuesday through Saturday, noon-4
p.m., for free public tours, and donations are accepted. For more
information, call 217-737-0979 or 217-735-4977.
Illinois Historic Preservation Agency
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Illinois Office of
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