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In 2013, while performing repairs on the back door of the Jack Thomas House, Mike Fleener presented the idea that the door was original to the house due to its construction and pegged joinery. Fleener immediately contacted Thomas Lincoln carpentry expert Steve Haaff of Indiana. He and fellow Lincoln furniture expert Leo LaSoto of Maryland then came to inspect the door.

Lincoln was well acquainted with the Thomas family due to his work on Hardin Thomas’ home in Elizabethtown. Also, Thomas’ brother Mordecai Lincoln lived in Leitchfield at the time the house was built. It was the opinion of the experts that the door, the window, and the casings in the original part of the house all appeared to be the work of Thomas Lincoln. The door is currently on display in the museum and is to be featured in an upcoming book “With These Hands” by LaSoto.

Grayson County History - The Lincoln Door

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