I’m posting this too late for it to be of use to Indiana buffs, but there are enough interesting facts to merit mentioning it anyway. If you ever wanted to know the difference between a coffin and a casket, for instance – I’d never given it much thought before. I’d also not given much thought to the size of a coffin needed to bury a 6’4″ President. It says here that Lincoln’s coffin was only 2″ taller that the big man himself, which is a surprise. Was he buried shoeless and after a haircut?
April 14, 2015 marks the 150th anniversary of the death of Abraham Lincoln. In remembrance of this historic date, a replica of the well-loved president’s coffin will be on display for public viewing at Farley Funeral Homes and Crematory in January.
This replica, known as the Lincoln Replica, was made by the Batesville Casket Company in Batesville, Indiana. According to a Batesville representative, it is one of four replicas touring the country. A fifth coffin is on permanent display in Springfield, Missouri, Lincoln’s birthplace. The coffin, authentic down to the smallest details, measures 6 feet 6 inches long and is constructed of solid walnut. It is completely covered in black broadcloth and has a white satin interior.