The Harlan-Lincoln House, 101 West Broad, Mount Pleasant will host a welcoming open house for visitors Saturday, October 21, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. The event launches a new season of historical hospitality for this significant property, a designated 501[c](3) public charity also listed on the National Registry of Historic Places.
This landmark home of nationally prominent Senator James and Ann Eliza Harlan takes you back in time to their lives in the Victorian and Gilded Age eras. Their daughter Mary Harlan, her husband Robert Todd Lincoln and their three children likewise interacted with Iowa Wesleyan University and Mount Pleasant society during periods of residency. Many of their family mementos and stories are showcased here. Among the treasures are a fragment from [father/grandfather] Abraham Lincoln’s coat he was wearing when assassinated, two mourning veils with very noteworthy heritage, door panel measuring the 1883 heights of these Harlan-Lincoln grandchildren, original Harlan furniture and legacy keepsakes.
Beginning Wednesday, October 25, the Harlan-Lincoln House will be open regularly on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. until the end of November and then resume February 2024. Tours by appointment during those months may be scheduled by calling Lynn Ellsworth 319-931-3984.