Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial

Illinois is known as the “Land of Lincoln,” but America’s 16th president spent most of his youth in Indiana.

From 1816 to 1830, Lincoln lived with his parents on the farm this is now the Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial. His mother, Nancy Hanks Lincoln, died and is buried here. Her grave lies near the 120-foot flagpole—the tallest in the state.

The visitor center includes a museum to the president. The Lincoln Living Historical Farm has been refurbished to appear as it would have during Lincoln’s youth. Split-rail fences border the animal pens. Rangers dressed in early 19th-century garb feed the animals and tend to the vegetable garden.

Watch demonstrations of the chores young Abe would have done every day. Milking cows, sharpening tools, chopping wood. Tour the homestead, a replica of the home the Lincolns lived in.

In the 1930s, hearthstones from one of Lincoln’s log cabins were unearthed by Civilian Conservation Corps workers. The Lincoln Cabin Site Memorial features a bronze cast of logs and a fireplace from one of these homes.

Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial offers insight into the people and the environment that shaped the future president.









November 10, 2011

THis a not a huge park but is " big" in experience. The living history farm is great with hands on experiences for kids and adults. My children helped snap fresh green beens from the garden. he staff on the farmstead were dressed in traditional clothing and raised a traditional garden, livestock. Their is a woodworking man who lets the adults and children try their hand at shaping handles for hammers and such using tradtioanl carving methods. He also shows the furs that were traded from Indiana. There is a trail of 12 stones which are stones gathered from Lincoln's moments in his life and it is a fun trail for kids to run along and find the stones. A unique way to present historical facts along a trail. The state also has a state park across the street from this national one. It is very nice and has many hiking trails and other recorations including an ampitheature....they productions are very good... about the life of Abe Lincoln and are just as good or better than you would see at an indoor production. The play was half spoken with some musical songs too. My children age 9 and 10 at the time greatly enjoyed this too. I highly recommend both parks.

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