It is so much fun being able to make (and taste!) things that our ancestors once enjoyed. To be able to eat something that Thomas Jefferson enjoyed? Well, this is way too cool!
Thomas Jefferson had quite an exquisite taste for all things – especially food and he really enjoyed the French cuisine when he was the Minister to France from 1785 to 1789. One of his favorites was this French style marinated asparagus.
To read more about the history of Thomas Jefferson’s love for asparagus and view the recipe you can click here.
We had a lot of fun making it in the kitchen. It was very simple recipe to make and would make a perfect side dish. The only problem I had was…I didn’t know how to boil an egg correctly! I can do many things but boiling an egg was an issue 🙂
The next time you host a party or have to bring something for a potluck make this wonderful recipe and let people know…oh this is just a little something Thomas Jefferson liked.
In the kitchen tonight making something fabulous that Thomas Jefferson once enjoyed. More to come…#thehistoricalhomemaker #inthekitchen #thomasjefferson #historicalrecipes #thehistoricaltraveler
Today in American history…Ida Saxton McKinley was born in 1847 in Canton, Ohio. She married William McKinley on January 25, 1871 and would eventually become the First Lady of Ohio and also the First Lady of the United States when her husband was sworn in as the 25th President on March 4, 1897 #POTUS #FLOTUS #TodayInHistory
Spoonbread is so simple to make and I love simple recipes that are not complex. As I always like to point out: I am not a Martha Stewart type (no offense to the “Martha’s” out there!) Here is a wonderful recipe from Mount Vernon and its so neat to think that maybe Martha Washington used this same simple recipe to make this special treat for George. The history of Spoonbread goes all the way back to the Native Americans and it was a favorite of President James Monroe’s. The first recipe in print was published in 1847 in a fabulous cookbook authored by Sarah Rutledge titled: The Carolina Housewife.
Here is what we came up with in the kitchen tonight. It was simple. Fun. Yummy!
President Grover Cleveland married Frances Folsom on June 2, 1886.
Frances Cleveland was the 1st First Lady to marry a serving US president at the White House and she was also the very first First Lady to give birth in the White House
Today in American history…Andrew Johnson married Eliza McCardle. He was 18 and she was 16 years old with they were married in the small town of Warrenton, TN on May 17, 1827. She was known to have had a calming effect on him – especially during the trying times of his troubled presidency.
Today in American history…James Madison was born on March 16, 1751. He was the fourth President of the United States. Mr. Madison was also an American statesman and also one of our founding fathers. He is ultimately known as the “Father of the Constitution” for his role in drafting and promoting the US Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Oh and he was married to the fabulous Dolley Madison. Happy Birthday, Mr. Madison!
Since the assassination, Ford’s Theatre has been converted into a museum where you can learn everything about the assassination including the many attempts on his life before the fateful night in April 1865. You learn about the foreshadowing of the assassination from both President Lincoln and the man who shot him. You also learn of the lives and about the trials of those who conspired to (and were then charged with and then put to death) kill President Lincoln.
A young picture of Abraham Lincoln on display at Ford’s Theater
In 1860, Abraham Lincoln became the 16th President of the United States with 40% of the votes in a four-way contest.
During a speech the following year Abraham Lincoln concluded his speech with these words:
“…if this country cannot be saved without giving up that principle (freedom)…I would rather be assassinated on the spot than to surrender it…”
There were many attempts on President Lincoln’s life including one from a group who named themselves the “Plug Uglies.” After this attempt, President Lincoln was advised to stay armed and carry a weapon on his persons. He refused to do this and stated, “would not for the world have it said that Mr. Lincoln had to enter the National Capitol armed.”
These are the actual weapons given to President Lincoln that he refused to have on him
John T. Ford opened Ford’s Theatre in 1863 under the name Ford’s New Theatre after it having been converted from a First Baptist Church. Ford’s New Theater became a popular escape for entertainment during the depressing years of the Civil War. Many popular actors of the day performed at Ford’s Theatre including John Wilkes Booth. John Wilkes Booth was very famous and was known for his athleticism and his southern pride. He came from a famous Theater family and his father was the popular actor Junius Booth.
John Wilkes Booth father: Junius Booth. On display at Ford’s Theater.
Interesting Fact: During a performance of The Marble Heart, John Wilkes Booth directed his threatening lines towards the Presidential Box at Ford’s Theatre while President Lincoln was in attendance. He knew President Lincoln was watching and Booth hinted publicly his dislike of President Lincoln.
John Wilkes Booth in 1865
The conspiracy to assassinate President Lincoln started in the boarding house of Mrs. Mary Surratt where she and other conspirators plotted the assassination. Of the conspirators who were put on trial following the assassination, four were sentenced to death: including Mrs. Surratt. She unfortunately is known as the first woman to be executed by the US government.
Ford’s Theatre has the stories of each individual conspirator on display as well as statues representing their likeness. I found that I am personally a lot taller than the conspirators but am of course, much shorter than President Lincoln – who was 6’3″
Here I am standing next to one of the conspirators!
The theatre itself is very spacious and open. The stage is not too high off the ground and the circular design of the room works really well.
Pictures of the theatre including seats, ceiling and stage
Although visitors are allowed to walk around the theatre, the Presidential Box where President Lincoln was assassinated is closed off.
Picture of the Presidential Box at Ford’s Theatre
You can go through the door frame where John Wilkes Booth entered and waited to assassinate President Lincoln was really neat to see.
Picture of the outside of the Presidential Box at Ford’s Theatre
Across the street from Ford’s Theatre is The Peterson House, which is where President Lincoln was carried to upon being assassinated and where he took his last breath.
Me standing in front of The Peterson House
The Peterson House remained a boarding house for immigrant families after the death of President Lincoln. After the owner passed away, The Peterson House was stripped of all the interior decorations and converted into a newspaper headquarters. After being purchased by the government, The Peterson House was converted into a museum along with Ford’s Theatre. Unfortunately, the decorations and furnishings inside the home are mostly not original pieces.
Picture of the room where President Lincoln passed away. The bed was on the far right.
The room where President Lincoln passed away is furnished almost identically to how it was when he was carried over from Ford’s Theatre. They have recreated the room with a photograph taken the evening of the assassination.
The Peterson House is an extension of the museum which chronicles the manhunt for John Wilkes Booth and the impact of President Lincoln on the world.
Picture of the John Wilkes Booth manhunt trail
You can follow the trail he took from Washington, DC into Virginia where he was finally caught and shot – which he then succumbed to his wounds.
Through The Peterson House is a spiral staircase with a statue of Abraham Lincoln books in the center and every flight of stairs down is another part of Lincoln’s legacy. One floor showcased the despair felt across the Nation by telling the details of the many funerals held for President Lincoln across the United States. Funerals were held in Washington, DC, Boston, Baltimore, Harrisburg and Philadelphia – just to name a few cities.
Interesting Fact: The turnout for these funerals were astounding averaging 100,000 people per funeral, and reaching over 1 million in New York.
President Lincoln was finally laid to rest in his hometown of Springfield, Illinois.
Following the same stairs downward was a room where people who passed by can leave notes describing their ideas on what qualities Abraham Lincoln possessed including courage, ideals for equality and integrity.
The staircase ends where the bottom of the statue begins and concluded my self guided tour of Ford’s Theatre and The Peterson House. There is so much more information and so many lessons to learn from going through these museums. Tickets are easy to purchase although you will probably want to plan your trip in advance online here because the theatre is still used for productions to this day.
Ford’s Theatre is a 100% MUST SEE visit! I promise you will have a great time and learn so much along the way.
Picture of the statue of books
Louisa Adams was born February 12, 1775. Did you know that she was the very first First Lady to be born in a foreign country? She was born and raised in London. She met her husband, John Quincy Adams, while he was serving as a U.S. Minister in London and they were married in London July 26, 1797.