On Wednesday, April 22, members of the FBWE Village toured the Lincoln Cottage in Washington, DC as the 150th anniversary remembrance of his death drew to a close. The cottage is on the campus of the Armed Forces Retirement Home which has served Veterans since the 1850’s. The attendees learned that Lincoln often had breakfast with the wounded Veterans before he made the 3 mile commute to the White House during the summers of his presidency. Although his access to the troops is well known, seeing the proximity of the cottage to the then hospital reinforced the fact that Lincoln had little time to himself or for his family, even in this peaceful setting. Villagers also learned that the house is a tribute to Lincoln’s thoughts and written word and not artifacts of his residency. They enjoyed the discussion surrounding President Lincoln’s thinking at this time of war and great change for the nation.