Built circa 1850s
Reuben Scanland was a prominent attorney and judge along with serving as mayor of Pittsfield. Reuben was a close friend with Abraham Lincoln and had backed him in his 1858 Senate race against Stephen Douglas.
On one of Lincoln’s visits Mrs. Scanlands had prepared a turkey with all the fixings. The dinner grew cold while Mrs. Scanland waited on her husband and Mr. Lincoln who was at the local drug store where Lincoln was entertaining a crowd with his stories.
Next proceed to the Dr. Thomas Worthington House site located at 640 West Washington St. Enter the main entrance to Illini Hospital and make a left into the parking lot. The wayside will be on your right