LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 22, 2012) — Mary Todd Lincoln knew her husband was a rail-splitter. But did she know he was a skull splitter?
Beginning today, when the movie “Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter” opens in area theaters, the Mary Todd Lincoln House will be ready to help visitors explore the facts behind the film. Adult visitors to the House who bring their movie ticket stub will get a $1 discount off their admission.
Mary Lincoln does not play a major role in the book that inspired the movie. But, like many characters and incidents in the novel, the fictional Mrs. Lincoln’s personality and the events of her life are based on historical and biographical accounts.
“We anticipate that the movie will generate a lot of questions from visitors and we recognize the importance of being prepared to address those,” said Gwen Thompson, director of the Mary Todd Lincoln House. “‘Vampire Hunter’ includes many events that actually occurred. Seth Grahame-Smith has just come up with an imaginative theory as to why they happened. We hope to use the movie as a springboard for talking with visitors about the history behind the fiction.”
The Mary Todd Lincoln House is offers tours Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The museum is located at 578 West Main Street in downtown Lexington. Free parking is available directly behind the house. The museum will offer the discount through July 31. For more information, call 1-859-233-9999.
The Mary Todd Lincoln House is the girlhood home of Mrs. Lincoln. She brought her husband and children to visit the Todd family there in 1847. The museum is operated by Kentucky Mansions Preservation Foundation, a private non-profit organization dedicated to protecting and promoting historic properties.