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Museum scenes were perfected through details

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 A home which still stands on West Main Street in Lexington was the family home of Mary Todd Lincoln from 1832 to 1839.

Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd visited the home two times after they married.

One of those visits came in November 1847 when the family was on its way to Washington, D.C., where Lincoln was to serve in Congress as a representative from Illinois.

The second visit came in the fall of 1849 when they stayed for a month. During that time, Lincoln gave valuable legal assistance in the settling of the estate of Mary Todd’s father.

Rita and Robert “Bobby” Williams duplicated the façade of the home with great accuracy in the Lincoln Museum.

The couple traveled to Lexington to gather information, measure the home’s exterior and draw diagrams. The finished scene is scaled down only slightly from the original structure.

Bobby Williams handcrafted the hinges on the shutters for the windows so they would look the same as those on the Mary Todd home. He and Everett Druien also made the window and cellar vent.

Rita, the former executive director of the LaRue County Chamber of Commerce, lives in Hodgenville.

Bobby passed away in 2007 at the age of 71. He was a well-known “handyman” and owner and operator of R. E. Williams, Inc.

The U.S. Army veteran was an elder at Hodgenville Christian Church.

Bobby and Rita have two daughters, Dee and Dawn, and a son, Darin.