Milton, Massachusetts: Exact Replica of Lincoln's Log Cabin

Built for the pleasure of superrich Mary Bowditch Forbes, a Lincoln buff whose grandfather made millions smuggling opium. The cabin was built by a local carpenter who was sent to Hodgenville, Kentucky, to take exact measurements of the original Lincoln log cabin. The replica's cornerstone was laid in November 1923 by George Torbet, who saw Lincoln nominated.
Address:
215 Adams St., Milton, MA
Directions:
In the back, back yard of the Forbes House Museum, which is on the southwest corner of Adams St. and Churchills Lane. The cabin is to the left of the service entrance off of Churchills Lane, back in the trees.
Hours:
617-696-1815
Admission:
Free to look at; tours of house and grounds $10.00
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Exact Replica of Lincoln's Log Cabin

A room on the second floor of the Forbes House Museum contains the collection of Lincoln memorabilia that Mary Bowditch Forbes once kept in the replica log cabin. Campaign literature, sculptures, letters, and photographs fill the room, amongst other items.

One of the more unique artifacts is a small red fabric star that, according to the paper beneath it, originated from Abe's coffin. Beside it is a bundle of four strands that were reportedly cut from the ropes used to hang a quartet of convicted assassination conspirators.

The house tour covers a variety of topics, including the Forbes family's involvement in the U.S.-China trade, and commands a nominal admission fee. It costs nothing to explore the replica log cabin out back.

[Kurt Deion / kurtshistoricsites.com, 05/13/2019]
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