Abraham Lincoln and his family called the Cottage home for most of the warm months of his presidency. Mary said that the family loved the Soliders’ Home “dearly,” and Tad rode and frolicked with the animals, and played checkers with his dad. 

On September 21, 2024, we welcome everyone to enjoy the grounds as the Lincolns did with a full day of family fun at Homecoming

More info and tickets HERE

Schedule for the Day

10 AM – 3 PM: Family Day activities, FREE for all:

  • Arts and Crafts: Make a leadership tapestry, connect with your aspirations, and create your own top hat!
  • Storytime
  • Pony Rides & Petting Zoo: It’s no secret Tad Lincoln loved keeping pets on the grounds. Don’t let this chance slip by to ride a pony on Lincoln’s lawn or encounter another amazing creature!
  • Picnic on the Grounds: Pack your own picnic and enjoy lunch at the picnic tables or on the spacious South Lawn. Also featuring snacks from our food truck vendors!
  • Tour the Cottage: Take a guided tour of the Lincoln family’s seasonal retreat. Regular ticket prices apply; visit our tickets page to purchase in advance. The first tour begins at 10 AM, and the last tour begins at 2 PM.

If you would like to take a tour of the Cottage, we strongly recommend purchasing Cottage Tour tickets in advance. Your Homecoming registration does not include a Cottage Tour ticket.