Happy Birthday to Abraham Lincoln! On Friday, February 12, we celebrate the 112th anniversary of Lincoln’s birth. This is a great opportunity to reflect on the ideals that he preached and lived. What can we do to honor his legacy in our lives today?

For inspiration, be sure to visit the “Return Visit” sculpture currently located in Washington for a limited time.  Working in conjunction with private donors, the Historical Society brought “Return Visit” to Washington in November 2020. The 32-foot bronze sculpture is a representation of President Abraham sharing the words of the Gettysburg Address with a Modern Man. It is an enlarged version of Seward Johnson’s original work of art that was commissioned for Gettysburg Plaza in Pennsylvania. The original life-scale sculpture stands near the historic Wills House in Gettysburg, the house where Lincoln finished writing the Gettysburg Address before delivering the speech at the dedication of The Soldier’s National Cemetery on November 19, 1863. Many historians consider Lincoln’s speech at Gettysburg to be the most inspiring speech ever given. It concludes with stressing that all of us are responsible for taking up the cause of what men like Abraham Lincoln fought for. It motivated the country forward during the devastation of the Civil War and the eventual abolishment of slavery. 

The sculpture is located on Wilmor Road between Five Points and the Fire Station. “Return Visit” is on loan from the Seward Johnson Atelier, an organization incorporated to promote the appreciation of, and education about, sculpture and public art in general, primarily through the creation, maintenance, sales, and public placement of Seward Johnson’s artwork. For more information about Seward Johnson, please go to www.sewardjohnsonatelier.org.

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During these uncertain times, the Washington Historical Society wants to let our fellow community members know that we are thinking of all of you and hope you are staying healthy and safe. We are all in this together.

Announcing the 2020 Roots Recipient:

Congratulations to Dr. Kreeger for her impressive achievements and contributions in the field of cancer research. To read more about Dr. Kreeger

Historic Washington

Dr. Harley Zinser Home

105 Zinser (Est. 1858)

Constructed in 1858, the home of Dr. Zinser features a Greek Revival structure and was designed to be a single family home with an office in the east parlor. Additions to the home were added later in the 1880’s and early 1900’s. It was officially listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2002.

Though the Zinser House was owned by the Washington Historical Society for many years, today it is back in private ownership by a member of the Zinser Family. The House is a home once again. 

Hiram Price Home

109 Burton (Est. 1867)

Although exact building records are questionable, the home at 109 Burton was originally built at 102 Burton in 1867 with an Italianate Structure by Hiram Price. Price served as Mayor of Washington from 1899-1901. In 1915, the home was purchased and moved to 109 Burton by Henry Denhart which later accommodated the First National Bank’s Money Store. After some renovations in recent years, the house still stands as a single family home in Washington. [1]

116 N. Elm

116 N. Elm (Est. 1898 or 1906)

The exact age of this historic home is unknown, however it is believed to have been constructed in either 1898 or 1906. It is a foursquare house and has been well-preserved over the years. Its past owners have included two Washington Mayors: John G. Gorin and Richard F. Tanton. [1][2]

Israel Zinser Home

307 E. Jefferson (Est. 1878)

Moving his family to Washington to become the City’s primary pharmacist, Israel Zinser built this house in 1878 for his family. The home has kept the same look and feel as it did in its day for over 130 years, the only exception being the porch that was added to the home in the early 20th century. The home remains in the Zinser family, as it has for five generations. [1][2]

Holland Home

312 Market (Est. Mid-1800's)

Like many historic homes, the exact date of construction on the home at 312 Market is hard to place. It is said to have been constructed in the mid-1800’s, however building records show a permit issued for the home in 1898. Still, the home has some pretty big historic significance for Washington, with its history dating back to the Matthew Holland, son of Hollands Grove Founder (later re-named to Washington), William Holland.[1]

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Acquire, Preserve, Display

The mission of this Society is to acquire, preserve, and display Washington’s history.