Mary Todd Lincoln to appear at Adaland Mansion

JoAnn Peterson of Kingwood will be Mary Todd Lincoln in the History Alive presentation July 27 at 12:30 p.m. at Adaland Mansion at Philippi. History Alive is a West Virginia Humanities Council program hosted by Adaland Mansion and supported with financial assistance from the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts, Office of the Secretary.

During West Virginia’s sesquicentennial celebration, a look at the wife of America’s 16th president is a look into the history of that tumultuous time. Mary Lincoln’s story mirrors the pain and loss suffered by many Americans as a result of the Civil War. A devoted supporter of her husband Abraham’s political aspirations, she encouraged him in his career. As the First Lady during the war, her southern roots created doubt about her loyalty to the Union and she was viewed as a traitor to the Confederate cause. She endured the death of three of her sons, saw her husband murdered, and was later committed to an insane asylum by her surviving son.

The History Alive presentation is open and free to the public and does not require reservations.

The presentation will precede the Civil War Fashion Show and Tea on Adaland’s sideyard pavilion. The tea will begin at 1 p.m. with Fashion North and South, created and narrated by Sylvia Hayhurst, scheduled for 2 p.m. Tickets for the tea and fashion show require reservations and may be made by calling 304-457-2415 or 304-4571587.

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