LEXINGTON, Ky. — A historical house in Lexington is reopening after closing its doors because of the pandemic. With many changes in place, the non-profit needs all the help it can get to keep its doors open to the community.
The Mary Todd Lincoln House has been giving tours for almost 40 years, and temporarily closing was a challenge for the historical landmark.
The house was the childhood home of Mary Todd Lincoln, President Abraham Lincoln's wife.
Jonathan Coleman, curator and assistant executive director of the house, says that with new safety guidelines in place, they had to be creative with their changes to keep everyone safe.
“The primary source of income are people who come to visit the house. And then our donors, and so we are always very grateful for those who support us either by visiting or through direct donation," Coleman said.
All guests must wear a face mask while walking around the house. As well, a staff member goes through the house to sanitize and clean between each tour.
"Guests can come in. We have time to enter. There are no more than 15 people in the house over the course of the hour, no more than three households. Folks purchase their tickets online. That's all contactless,” Coleman said.
After this coming week, the Mary Todd Lincoln House will be opening back up to its regular hours it had before the pandemic. Anyone interested in touring the house will still be asked to purchase their tickets in advance online.