Hidden in Plain Sight:
The Material World of Early Springfield


Globe Tavern

Adams Street between Fourth and Fifth Streets

Photo courtesy of Richard E. Hart

Wharton Ransdell constructed this “large and commodious” boarding house in late 1835. Boarding was a common practice among unmarried men and newly-married couples. Two stories high, this structure was meant to accommodate several individuals or families. Abraham and Mary Lincoln lived here for the first year of their marriage.