Before it was restored and turned into a museum 40 years ago, the Mary Todd Lincoln House had many uses besides the girlhood home of the wife of America's 16th president. This photo, from the 1950s or 1960s, shows the home when it was used as the Kitchen Center of the Van Deren Hardware Co.
Before it was restored and turned into a museum 40 years ago, the Mary Todd Lincoln House had many uses besides the girlhood home of the wife of America's 16th president. This photo, from the 1950s or 1960s, shows the home when it was used as the Kitchen Center of the Van Deren Hardware Co. Mary Todd Lincoln House
Before it was restored and turned into a museum 40 years ago, the Mary Todd Lincoln House had many uses besides the girlhood home of the wife of America's 16th president. This photo, from the 1950s or 1960s, shows the home when it was used as the Kitchen Center of the Van Deren Hardware Co. Mary Todd Lincoln House

This Lexington house was a tavern, a brothel — and home to a future first lady

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Tom Eblen is a columnist for the Lexington Herald-Leader who writes about life, people and issues in Lexington and Kentucky. A Lexington native, Eblen was the Herald-Leader's managing editor from 1998 to 2008.