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Lincoln Log Cabin, Lerna

#63 of 135 in Historic Sites in Illinois
Must see · Historic Site · Tourist Spot
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 site compares two farmers of the time period. One is a farmer from the area that was interested in farming for profit and another, Thomas Lincoln, who farmed for the purpose of being...  more »
  • This is an amazingly good historic site that includes a living farm, an informative visitor center and museum, picnic grounds and nice gift shop. Wow - spectacular.  more »
  • This place is great!! Not only historically. The annually Bluegrass Jam is just one of many event's. Beautiful landscaping and great people. Like always, had a blast!
  • Everything about Lincoln is interesting to us. We learned new information from very friendly character actors. Our visit was on an off season, rainy weekday. As a retired teacher I absorbed the environment of Abe Lincoln's family. This is educational for any age.

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