Kinsella later rose to political power in Springfield. He was the Sangamon County Democratic Party Chairman in the 1920's and 30's and was the campaign manager for Henry Horner's successful bid for Governor. The Illinois State Journal referred to him as "much feared and admired." One can imagine the smoke-filled rooms (the inn is now a smoke-free environment).
Kinsella was also a sports promoter and talent scout for the New York Giants, and built the first baseball stadium in Springfield. Between sports and politics, the home was a very active place.
Lincoln's funeral procession went by the property in 1865, six years before the house was built. There were cornfields on the north end of Springfield at the time. The procession was going to the temporary vault at the base of the hill where the monument was built in 1876. The State Journal said that when the horse-drawn hearse reached the cemetery, the last of the funeral procession was leaving the old state capitol, two miles away.
The current owners Roger Schmitz and Dave Ridenour bought the home in 2005. Join them for a relaxing weekend while visiting the nearby Lincoln sites, Frank Lloyd Wright's Dana-Thomas House and New Salem.