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Lincoln Log Cabin, Lerna

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#61 of 136 in Historic Sites in Illinois
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Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site preserves the site of the 1840s farm of Thomas and Sarah Bush Lincoln, father and stepmother of our 16th president. Abraham Lincoln was a lawyer living in Springfield by the time his parents moved here in 1837, but he did visit them while traveling the Judicial Circuit. In 1840, Lincoln purchased a portion of the farm from his father which he held for their exclusive use during both Thomas and Sarah Lincoln's lifetime.

Today, Lincoln Log Cabin is an 86-acre historic site that is owned and operated by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. The site includes an accurate reproduction of the Lincolns' two-room cabin that was constructed on the original cabin site in 1935 as a CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) project. A working living history farm has been developed around the cabin, and a second farmstead, the Stephen Sargent Farm, has been moved to the site to help broaden visitors' understanding of 1840s rural life in Illinois. One mile north is the Moore Home State Historic Site, a reconstructed frame home where Abraham Lincoln bid his stepmother farewell in January of 1861 before leaving to assume the Presidency.

The site also features abundant and convenient picnicking areas with electricity-supplied pavilions, grills, restrooms, playground equipment and water fountains, as well as natural areas for walks, fishing and bird-watching. Pavilions may be reserved in advance.
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  • This is not "Abe Lincoln", but his father "Thomas Lincoln". They were owned by Abraham Lincoln and deeded to his father Thomas. There's a museum which talks about the time/place when Thomas Lincoln....  more
    This is not "Abe Lincoln", but his father "Thomas Lincoln". They were owned by Abraham Lincoln and deeded to his father Thomas. There's a museum which talks about the time/place when Thomas Lincoln....  more »
  • A lovely pair of farmsteads from an earlier age. It was interesting to note the differences between the two farms, and the families who lived there. Beautifully laid out, fun to see and chat with... 
    A lovely pair of farmsteads from an earlier age. It was interesting to note the differences between the two farms, and the families who lived there. Beautifully laid out, fun to see and chat with...  more »
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  • We loved our visit! Great little museum and a beautiful cabin/barn. Our kids loved the animals and the gift shop had great treasures!
  • Helpful and knowledgeable staff! We just kind of stumbled upon this place, so glad we did! Very neat and well kept place!

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