Lincoln Lawyer Re-Enactor to Try Case in Old Hennepin Courthouse

The Putnam County Board heard Monday about plans for an reenactment of Abraham Lincoln’s State versus Melissa Goings case for the upcoming 175th anniversary of the Putnam County Courthouse.

The reenactment, which will take place at 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. July 4 at the Putnam County Courthouse, will be held in conjunction with the village of Hennepin’s other Independence Day activities.

The murder case, which brought Lincoln to Metamora, involved a woman who was accused of murdering the husband who often physically abused her, according to Quentin Buffington, who serves on the Hennepin Village Board and the village’s Fourth of July committee.

“They’ll have to enter (the courthouse) on the north side,” Buffington said, adding that an entertainment stage will be set up by the steps of the courthouse. “We appreciate you guys letting us use the courthouse.”

Buffington also said the Illinois Valley Symphony Orchestra will be playing American and patriotic music at 6 p.m. that night on the stage.

Source: News Tribune