Back in April of last year I was reading about the Lincoln Funeral Train
they were building for the 150th anniversary of the death of Lincoln.
I saw where you could have the car coming to your town, and I thought
Charleston would be a great place so I sent the link to the tourism director.
I spent 3 days giving tours, what a honor to be on the car.
Dale who did alot of the interior work on the car was portraying Jonathan Hay
who was Lincoln's secretary.
She spoke to the children
How about I take you through
attention to detail to show the original was so important.
He did not want to use it until after the close of the war due to the fact so many were suffering.
His plan was after the war to travel to all the states.
He had a appointment to see it, but it was the day after he was assassinated.
So it was modified into a funeral car.
These chairs were donated by a family who's ancestors had a plantation
and these chairs came from there.
Everyday the lady who played Sara Bush Lincoln brought fresh lilacs.
This room is where Lincoln's son Willie's coffin was.
He was taken back to Springfield to be buried even though he had died 3 years earlier.
see the bee?
between 3-7 we saw 500 people on Tuesday and 700 on Wednesday!
I rotated from being in our Lincoln Douglas debate museum,
to helping people on the train and taking pictures for people getting on to being in the back of the train as I am here.
So I moved the speakers outside and it was beautiful weather so it worked out great.
Of course the twins were there helping and so were cousin Marty and Mary coming all the way from Indiana to help.
Many of our Charleston Riot friends from last year were there.
Diane the tourism director did a great job getting 1500 school kids through, and the Mayor was there everyday. If you remember he dressed for the Riot last year.
we had to say goodbye to our new friends,
it was sad to see the train pull away.
again a once in a lifetime memory!
Lincoln Funeral Car