Larry & Lee Ann's Journey travel blog

General George Custer's home for three years...

It began on the front porch...

Stepping inside the front door...

To the immediate left is the parlor & a small view of...

These are the Custers original curtains...Love the light & the clock too!

Several famous photos have been taken in front of this harp &...

It's really unique isn't it?

The laundress is doing a great job!

Lovely tea service & serving tray...

We owned a similar dish pattern...

Unique hutch & silver set...

A peek inside the kitchen... The white serving dish on the left...

Note the canned goods & bottles on the shelf...

Bobcat in the cellar, oh my!!!!

Servant quarters...

 

 

 

Love all of the wood...

 

 

Custer on the left...

Libbie Custer on the right next to George...

 

Portable desk on the left, able to take into the field...

General Custer's actual desk. A copy of the General's life insurance policy...

General Custer's closet in the master bedroom. The clothing are replicas.

Master bedroom. The chair on the right was saved during the fire....

Period clothing, hats & artifacts...

We've stepped outside the back door now...The Custer's paid out of pocket...

Hope you enjoyed our tour!!! Have a great day :)


Today's post continues on from yesterday's, but this time I'm going to give you a peek inside General Custer's home here on the Fort. One thing to keep in mind is that each room has a 'special notice', meaning a genuine item belonging to the Custer's. For instance, the serving platter in the kitchen, a wooden rocker from the master bedroom etc. Also, this was quite the 'opulent' home for not only this Fort but for the day in general. Apparently General Custer was a bit quirky & kept a chained bobcat in the cellar, making for a scary time for the young ladies serving in the house at the time. It seems none of them wanted to go into the cellar, EVER!!! LOL

I'll begin this entry with two short paragraphs of info in case you missed yesterday's entry...

The first post commander of the expanded fort was Lieutenant Colonel George A. Custer, who held the position until his death in 1876. Custer and his wife Libbie lived on Fort Abraham Lincoln from 1873 until Custer died at the Battle of the Little Big Horn in the summer of 1876. Approximately 500 troops were also stationed there. Custer's first home at the fort was built in the summer of 1873, but it burned down in February 1874.

In 1876, the Army departed from here as part of the Great Sioux War of 1876-77, resulting in Lieutenant Colonel George A. Custer's defeat at the Battle of the Little Bighorn, where they were to push the non-treaty Indians back to their particular reservations. Custer along with about half of his troops did not return to Fort Lincoln. The Fort was abandoned in 1891 after the completion of the railroad to Montana in 1883. A year after the fort was abandoned; local residents disassembled the fort for its nails and wood. In 1895, a new Fort Lincoln was built across the river near Bismarck. A reproduction of Custer's house was built in the park in 1989, in time for the state of North Dakota's centennial. The house is built from the original blueprints and with as similar materials as modern building codes will allow.

Interpreters in period dress give a 30 minute guided tour at the Custer house & begin on the front porch, although you do get to tour every room in the house. The young lady doing our tour today was a laundress & she was quite informative & very personable. Tours are conducted in 'first person' -as if you are visiting the fort in 1875-so if you asked a question it had to be phrased properly. Otherwise the answer was "I'm sorry, that event has happened yet"...LOL Enjoy :)



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