The first time Lincoln would have seen George Dunlap's stagecoach inn and tavern was in April 1838 as he traveled from Springfield to attend the Taswell Circuit Court at Tremont. Lincoln would have stopped at the Dunlap House many times while passing through Middletown as he traveled the Eighth Judicial Circuit. Lincoln stopped at the Inn on his way to attend the Rivers and Harbor Convention in July 1847 as well as on October 10, 1848 accompanied by his family.
In 1833, Abraham Lincoln became Deputy Surveyor in Sangamon County and was frequently working in the Middletown area. On July 2, 1834, Lincoln started a survey beginning at Musick's Ferry, a mile north of Middletown on Salt Creek. Lincoln and his crew surveyed south to Middletown and along the side of the town's public square continuing south of Middletown and then on to Jacksonville. In June 1837 a noted visitor arrived by stage in Middletown, Senator Daniel Webster, who was touring the Midwest. Tradition relates that as the coach was leaving Middletown, it experienced mechanical problems. During the delay the townsfolk recognized Webster and crowded around to see the great orator. Webster gave a speech to the gathering around him. Lincoln and Webster became close political friends while serving in Congress.
|Series||This marker is part of the Illinois: Looking for Lincoln series|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Wednesday, September 10th, 2014 at 2:34pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||16T E 279142 N 4441974|
|Decimal Degrees||40.09910000, -89.59096667|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 40° 5.946', W 89° 35.458'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||40° 5' 56.76" N, 89° 35' 27.48" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 241 Co Hwy 27, Middletown IL 62666, US|
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