Monday, April 02, 2007

Our ancestral hall

Here's my father, David Latham Stevens, giving a tour of The Elijah Iles House, the oldest known residence in Springfield and place known to have been visited many times by Abraham Lincoln. My dad actually lived in the house for a few months in or around 1937. His grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Latham T. Souther, saved the house from demolition in 1910 by moving it to another location and making it their home.

I will be giving tours of the house on April 7th and 14th, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. both days. I'd be glad to show it to you sometime.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Larry!

Photos from the 2007 Strawberry party at the Iles House are available at:

Enjoy the photos!

6:14 PM  
Blogger As Bjorn said...

My friend, the artist Greg Lakebrink, lived in the Iles House when it was on 5th Street for seveal years in the late 1970s/early 1980s. I stayed there with him a couple of different times. He had a second floor one room apartment where we ate a lot of beans and lentils and he painted a portrait of me in that room. I am so happy the house has been restored. Springfield has a treasure in her history that few other places have. Certainly Cousin Vachel would be pleased with this work.

10:44 AM  

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