Preservation Overview

The planning and scope of work for the preservation of President Lincoln’s Cottage was divided into distinct phases of investigative research, planning, and development.

The Preservation and restoration of the Cottage and rehabilitation of the Visitor Education Center has been fully documented with digital photographs, reports, and architectural design and as-built plans. An exterior restoration slideshow is available on site in the Robert H. Smith Visitor Education Center. An online photo-history of the 7-year restoration is in development.

The Exterior restoration of President Lincoln’s Cottage was completed in April 2005. The Cottage Exterior page gives an overview of this phase of the project.

Interior preservation of the Cottage and renovation of the Robert H. Smith Visitor Education Center were completed prior to opening the site in February 2008, with additional landscape work taking place in spring 2008.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation was able to preserve and develop President Lincoln’s Cottage with the generous support of public and private partners. For a list of supporters and information on how you can donate to the project, please click here.

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