Treasure #54 Lucy Hale and brooch

Lucy Hale items

Lucy Hale items

Lucy Hale’s father, U.S. Senator John Parker Hale, bought his home in 1840 and Lucy was born in 1841. Now called the Hale House, their former residence is part of the Woodman Museum. Lucy was a Washington DC belle, dating Oliver Wendell Holmes and Robert Todd Lincoln. By 1865, she was secretly engaged to John Wilkes Booth, the man who would assassinate Abraham Lincoln on April 14. Lucy’s picture was found in Booth’s pocket when he was caught. Lucy was whisked off to Spain, returning to Dover in 1870 and marrying William Chandler in 1874. This silver mirror is engraved with her initials: LHC. She died in 1915 and is buried at Pine Hill Cemetery.

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