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Group Raising Funds For Replica of Abraham Lincoln Cottage

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Abraham Lincoln's family home located in Springfield.

SPRINGFIELD — A group dedicated to preserving Abraham Lincoln’s legacy is hoping to show people what his Springfield home was like before it was the two-story, 12-room dwelling that visitors tour today.

The Abraham Lincoln Association is raising money to buy land near the historic Lincoln Home site downtown Springfield and build a replica of the six-room cottage that Lincoln bought in 1844.

The home wasn’t renovated to add a second story — giving the Lincoln Home its current appearance — until 1856, after Lincoln had achieved economic and political success.

The group says it needs to raise $400,000 for the project.  

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