Family Day 2016

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Family Day at President Lincoln’s Cottage is back! On Saturday, September 10, 2016 from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm, you’re invited to join us on the grounds of the Armed Forces Retirement Home as the Lincoln family did at the fifth annual President Lincoln’s Cottage’s Family Day event. Family members of all ages will enjoy the live entertainment and creative activities inspired by the Lincoln family and their life at the Soldiers’ Home!

In addition to activities listed below, this year we’ll also be adding some new features that invite families to create a unique family tree and also participate in Unity, a “3-D exploration of interconnectedness.”

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Explore a Civil War Encampment: View the 150th Pennsylvania Volunteers, better known as the Bucktails, who served as Lincoln’s personal guards. 10:00 am – 3:00 pm


Play at the Petting Zoo: Ride a pony, chase the peacocks, and play with animals at a petting zoo with Tad Lincoln’s favorite pets. 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Arts and Crafts: Make cards for veterans and create your own top hat! 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Picnic on the Grounds: Enjoy delicious food from our on-site vendors, or pack your own picnic and enjoy lunch at the picnic tables or on the ample South Lawn. 10:00 am – 3:00 pm


Live Music: Listen to a military band perform live.

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.* First tour begins at 10:00 am; last tour begins at 3:00 pm.

*Cottage tours are not included in free Family Day activities. If you would like to take a tour of the Cottage, we strongly recommend purchasing Cottage Tour Tickets in advance. Regular ticket prices apply.

Family Day activities, sponsored by President Lincoln’s Cottage and the Armed Forces Retirement Home, are FREE unless otherwise noted, and are open to the public. Event program and schedule subject to change.

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