Tuesday, Jul 5, 2011
Heritage Inns, Inc., of Gettysburg, has donated an unusual artifact to Gettysburg National Military Park - a lock of Abraham Lincoln’s hair. The lock of hair was collected by Dr. Robert K. Stone during the autopsy conducted following President Lincoln’s death. Dr. Stone later presented this framed lock of hair to Enoch Pratt, a prominent unionist and philanthropist in Baltimore. The hair is framed and dated by Dr. Stone, “April 1865.”
“The lock of Lincoln’s hair will become part of the permanent collection of Gettysburg National Military Park and will go on display in the museum later this year,” said Superintendent Bob Kirby, who received the donation on June 29 in the offices of Heritage Inns, Inc. “This is one of those special objects that gives you the chills when you see it.”
“We want to thank Heritage Inns for their generous donation to the American public,” added Kirby.
Thomas E. Metz, owner of Heritage Inns, Inc. and Gettysburg Tours, Inc. presented the donation along with Max Felty, of Gettysburg Tours Inc., representing the late Ron Felty, an owner of Heritage Inns, and Donna McCleaf, executrix of the late Ken Rohrbaugh’s estate. Rohrbaugh was also an owner of Heritage Inns, Inc.