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Rocking chair

Description: Can a chair tell stories? Well, if it could this one would have many to tell! In 1851 Mrs. Kelley traded this chair with her neighbor for a long handled frying pan. Her neighbor, wanting to join the rush for gold in California, needed a pan more than a very large chair. Joseph Kelley, in St. Joseph, Illinois could always use a comfortable rocking chair for guests at the Kelley Inn and Tavern. Mrs. Kelley's daughter Margaret remembers the chair on the porch in the summer and by the fire in the winter. According to Margaret, the chair was Abraham Lincoln’s favorite at the Inn. He would rest and tell stories to Margaret while he was traveling between Danville and Springfield on his circuit court rounds in the 1850s.
Collection: The Children's Museum of Indianapolis
Copyright: This file is licensed under a CC BY-SA 3.0 license by The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.
Subjects: Rocking chairs
Pioneers -- West (U.S.)
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865
19th Century

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