FindingFoundingFathers | The Great Emancipator
In Wisconsin, United States
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CACHE LOCATED AT N44°AB.CDEW88°FG.HIJ
One of the many challenges in creating a cache around subject matter as prolific as the Founding Fathers is to come up with something slightly different in content that what is already covered by so many existing caches. I'm hoping this series, based on some new statuary around the Valley does just that.
First, at the posted coordinates, you'll discover a plaque with some insightful historical information about the Great Emancipator, certainly information and quotes many are familiar with. While it is true that grouping him in this series is a stretch, since his tenure came many generations after the country was formed, his history does tie our nation's struggle to end slavery back to the Founding Fathers. Who, as evidenced in the other caches in this series, leaned heavily on slave labor to manage their large estates.
If this Rail-Splitter had survived his presidency, it's likely he would have retired here to live out the rest of his days in quite simplicity. Like this others in this series you can answer either of two sets of questions. Answers for the first set are found in the copy content, answers for the second in the pictures of the ornate rooms. Abe came from humble beginnings and it's no surprise that his home reflects those roots. You'll discover the simple furnishings dressed up and highly contrasted by the gaudy mantelpieces, pottery, carpeting and wallpaper of the era.
Picture Tour: Starting the tour in the front parlor, you can see just how ornate the house is going to be when you look at the candelabra set on the mantle which contains a total of B figures. In contrast to Cincinnantus's library, there are only a few books in Abe's house. A book shelf in this room has two collections on it, the larger one being a set of D. The same shelf holds a collection of I busts. From the front parlor you can pass directly into another room which contains F globes. Crossing into the small dining room, once part of a larger kitchen, you'll see Mary's iron stone dinnerware. The total of large dinner plates minus the small desert plates directly above them is H. The kitchen in modestly furnished with a small hutch and shelf, upon which J cloth covered jars of preserves rest. Before we head upstairs, stop in the sitting room and check out the large Stereoscope next to which a total of G stereocards and books sit. Abe's room is sparsely decorated with a single dresser which has E knobs on it. The boy's room has just a small collection of toys including a set of blocks. The one nearest the marbles has 2 numbers on it the lowest one being C. The last room to visit is the maid's room where A children can be seen praying.
Historical Tour: The Lincoln's purchased the house and later added an addition which they completed in 185B. When he was nominated in ADBC the house was overrun with reporters. It was the same year his son Robert returned from college. Mary gave birth to I boys in this house and they were no stranger to large gatherings, on occasion hosting as many as F00 guests. Even the kids parties were large, one of which had a reported 5H invites. That must have meant a ton of work for the single hired hand who made a little under $G over a 5 week period. After Abe's untimely departure, the house was returned to the Tilton family who stayed there until 186E. Over the years the home was used as a rental and as an unauthorized museum of sorts. Eventually it was deeded to the state of Illinois for a whopping $A. Many years later the property was transferred to the National Park Service in 197J who run it to this day.
There are a hundreds of worthy quotes from this Father but my favorites from the Founding Fathers happen to do with a cash crop that could have changed the world: Two of my favorite things are sitting on my front porch smoking a pipe of sweet hemp, and playing my Hohner harmonica. - Thomas Jefferson, U.S. President quote on Hemp
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Last Updated: on 03/16/2015 15:20:50 Pacific Daylight Time (22:20 GMT)
Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum