Next Monday is Presidents Day. And for the occassion, GM would like to discuss one of the weirder (and sadder) stories of Abraham Lincoln, one that ties him to Georgetown.
While he had already nurtured a growing interest in the then trendy spiritualist movement, Lincoln grew more convinced of the veracity of spiritualism following the death of his son Willie in 1862. (To be fair, accounts of his spiritualism vary. Some historians believe his participation was merely intended to humor his wife.)
He came to know the Laurie family, which lived at 3326 N St. Cranston Laurie was a well known spiritualist who led seances. There are accounts of Lincoln coming to that address multiple times to participate in seances.
According to the current residents, Ed and Betsy Emes, there are even reports that at one seance, a piano was levitated.
So, Georgetown isn’t exactly the site of where Lincoln wrote the Gettysburg Address or drafted the Emancipation Proclamation, but he walked our streets and his connection to the neighborhood was real (even if the seances weren’t).