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Sitting Room

Opposite the parlor is the sitting room, located in the southwest corner. This room functioned much like today's family room and was a place where the Lincoln boys could be found playing.

The Lincoln family used the large room for entertaining as well. In 1859 Mary Lincoln wrote to a friend about a birthday party for their nine-year-old son. "Willie's birthday came off on the 21st of Dec. and as I had long promised him a celebration, it duly came off. Some 50 or 60 boys & girls attended the gala..."

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