By stepping onto the porch and through the front door of the Fairfield Street house, visitors enter “Young Ted in Springfield.” This section of the exhibit continues to explore areas of significance in Springfield, and also delves into family roles and relationships. The space is comprised of five large interactive areas
- Ted’s bedroom
- His maternal grandparents’ bakery
- A fishing pond
- His paternal grandfather’s brewery
- The Zoo in Forest Park
This gallery also references two of the Dr. Seuss books that relate directly to Ted’s childhood in Springfield. If I Ran the Zoo was influenced by his time at the zoo in Forest Park; and his fishing trips with his father were certainly inspirations for McElligot’s Pool.