Monday, November 5, 2007

Emancipation Proclamation House To Reopen

The sprawling 34-room mansion which served as President Lincoln's "Camp David" is going to reopen in February following a multi-million dollar renovation.

Located on the grounds of the Soldier's Home, the house will be called "President Lincoln's Cottage." Lincoln used the house as a frequent respite from the horrendous heat, humidity, and malaria during Washington's long summers. He also used the 3-mile commute from the White House as a time to think and try to relax from the relentless pressures of the Civil War.

Lincoln wrote an early draft of his Emancipation Proclamation in the mansion. Also used by other presidents (James Buchanan, Rutherford B. Hayes, and Chester A. Arthur), the home was designated a National Monument by President Bill Clinton in 2000.

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