President Lincoln’s Cottage

Our neighbors asked us to watch their house, while they spend a week in Michigan at a summer cottage. Their request caused me to reminisce about escaping the scorching summer heat (before air conditioning) at my maternal grandparents’ summer the cottage in Union Pier, Michigan, when I was a child.

Annually, families make their summer migrations to cottages on Wisconsin Lakes, homes at the Jersey shore, and cabins in the Sierra Nevada mountains. 

Did you know that President Lincoln and his family escaped the sweltering heat of Washington, DC,  in what is know today as, the Lincoln Cottage? I did not the Lincoln family enjoyed a summer retreat, until I received an exciting email from my fellow WIN member, Kathleen Rickert Nelson telling me about her grand news and honor.

Kathleen is gifted pen and ink fine artist who creates “Homes that come to life.” The following is the email I received from Kathleen about her extraordinary accomplishment: 

“A press release was posted today, May 30, 2008 by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Washington, DC on the pen and ink drawings of the President Lincoln Cottage.The National Trust asked for permission to have this on their Blog. 

The limited edition signed prints of 300 of each view a total of three views will only be made available at The Museum Store at President Lincoln’s Cottage, Washington, DC.  Note Cards of the three  view will soon be made available as well.You will be able to access the information on their Blog on the Lincoln Cottage website.   

On the main page, please note at the top there is a bar which notates “Blog” just click on this and the Blog page will appear. This Blog also links to my website.   

On February 12, 2008, I traveled to Washington to view this jewel of architecture before it was opened to public on the 18th.  Just a few years back this structure was a diamond in the rough waiting to come back to life.  It certainly turned into an architectural jewel!  The weather in Chicago was very wintry with icing conditions all the way to Washington.  The weather did not deter my trip and in spite of the nasty weather the Cottage looked beautiful!

Our tour started at the Education Center where our tour guide gave us an historical background on our 16th president.  It is well designed with a video presentation for visitors to view. After our presentation at the center, we proceeded to the Cottage.  I remember how the interior looked back in 2005 before they started their restoration.  The interior is exquisite in every detail from the wood trim to the window treatments.  The Cottage also has a reproduction of the President Lincoln’s desk.  The original desk is at the White House.
I certainly hope all of you will make a trip to Washington, DC to tour this wonderful piece of architecture.  Not only did this home play a pivotal part of the Civil War, but is noted that President Lincoln started his draft of the Emancipation Proclamation at the Cottage.


It is my goal to get the word out and to visit grade schools in the area to let everyone know about this historic structure.  Tours are available and reservations must be made on their website.  The Cottage is located on the Soldiers’ National Monument Retirement Site, which is about 250 acres and 3 miles north of the White House.
It has been a rewarding experience for me to provide my art to the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Washington, DC.”

Kathleen, “Brava!” and thank you for this fascinating historic information! 

Sheila N. Glazov ~ Author ~ Speaker ~ Educator ~ Personality Type Expert
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  1. Mother Earth on August 13, 2008 at 4:23 am

    even the lincoln cottage has a blog – it’s brilliant

    Kathleen’s work is so precise. I have always appreciated those who portray home

  2. Sheila Glazov Author Speaker on August 27, 2008 at 6:12 pm

    Even Mr. Lincoln has blog… yes, it brilliant and fascinating.
    Kathleen’s work is exquisite. Something to think about for the future.
    I’m delighted that you enjoyed her work.
    I know she will appreciate your comment.

  3. Sheila Glazov Author Speaker on December 22, 2008 at 8:04 pm

    Sorry, I’m not sure what you mean.

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