The White House Years
You enter Journey II through the White House and continue Lincoln's story with:
The White House South
Portico The Lincoln family is posed in the Plaza in front of the White House. Generals McClellan and Grant stand on the veranda and eye each other with suspicion. On the other side of the portico veranda, Frederick Douglass and Sojourner Truth wait, hoping for the opportunity to speak to the president. Off to one side, a menacing John Wilkes Booth keeps watch on Lincoln's back.
As you enter What Are They Wearing in Washington? you step through the White House door and enter the White House "Blue Room." Mary Lincoln and Elizabeth Keckly, her dressmaker, are on a platform in the middle of the room. Mary is being fitted for a ball gown. Around the room, you will find reproductions of the ball gowns of Mary's social rivals, who all seem to be younger, richer, thinner and more popular than Mary. Each of these women has something cruel to say about Mary.
is a brief gallery presenting a dramatic mural of Confederate forces attacking Fort Sumter only six weeks after Lincoln's inauguration. The Civil War has begun.