Our week long series “Where is Tim Elliott?” is back on NBC15's The Morning Show.
Here is Monday morning's story:
Clue #1: This period piece became famous overnight
Clue #2: This place hangs it's hat on history
Location: Lincoln-Tallman Museum, Janesville
We are in the great city of Janesville at the Lincoln-Tallman house.
It's a home that's nearly 160 years old and it's claim to fame: housing the Great Emancipator himself, the 16th president of the United States Abraham Lincoln
This home in Janesville hangs it's hat on history.
“It was the most elegant home built at the time when it was constructed,” said Carold Herzig with the Rock County Historical Society.
Built in 1855 by William Tallman, it stands along the Rock River in downtown Janesville.
“It was top of the line at the time it was built,”
Today, the home is a museum.
“The ceiling height on this floor is 14 feet,” said Herzig giving us a tour. “This is the main dining room and this is where they ate their evening meal,”
It's a glimpse into what life was like from another era.
“Now the carpeting is an exact replica of what they had in the home,” Herzig continues. “This is the library and when I think library, I think of books all around but nowadays this is what we would call the family room,”
In October of 1859, the year before he was elected president, Abraham Lincoln spent two nights here.
“People actually had journals and they wrote all their stories down and everything and so that's how we know what happened,” explained Herzig.
Lincoln was in Beloit giving a speech on abolishing slavery. Tallman enjoyed his speech and invited Lincoln to speak to the people of Janesville the next day. Lincoln accepted and spent the night in the guest bedroom.
The next day, as the story goes, Lincoln planned on catching a train to Chicago. But he couldn't find his boots and was embarrassed to leave his room without shoes.
“And he looks at Mrs. Tallman and he says madame, I don't want to accuse you of being a thief but I can't find my boots anywhere' so they go, oh thank goodnesses it's just the boots!”
Turns out, the Tallman butler took the boots downstairs to be cleaned and never returned them to Lincoln's room. He missed the train and spent another night with the Tallmans
Today the Rock County Historical Society gives tours of the home. Its filled with stories and is directly connected to one of the most important figures in U.S. history.
For more information on the Lincoln-Tallman Museum or to set up a tour visit http://www.rchs.us/