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Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site

402 South Lincoln Hwy Rd, Lerna, Illinois 62440 USA

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“home of one of America's greatest presidents”

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 periodically. Today, Lincoln Log Cabin is an 86-acre historic site that is owned and operated by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, Division of Historic Sites. 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.

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Reviewed by
Greek_nomad

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September 20, 2014
Rated 5.0

Just 8 miles south from Charleston, exists this historic site. It is preserved and kept as it was when it was built. Even the people working there are wearing costumes of that era.

There is a visitors center where you can watch a video about the history of the place and understand the philosophy behind all this.

There aren't many trails to walk but you can enjoy the life of a farm house, see the animals and then buy a drink at the small drinks area.

Ideal for family times.

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ottercleanout

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August 17, 2016

420 S Lincoln Hwy, Lerna, IL 62440 that is the same address as google I think. I'm going there this weekend so we'll see :)

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michellehndz

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March 08, 2015

Address here was wrong so Google first. Lincoln cemetery up the road was better in my opionion.

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Staceghost

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January 13, 2015
Rated 5.0

I absolutely love Lincoln Log Cabin any time of year. You can walk trails, see historical buildings, and mingle with the animals on the farm. Warm weather brings more frequent reenactments, but it's a beautiful location any time of year. It's perfect for planned or unplanned day trips.

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danielshardy007

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November 23, 2014
Rated 3.0

most of everything is closed for the winter (the gift shop, etc) but you can still visit the visitor's center, speak with the guide, watch the video and tour the grounds on your own. it would be nice to visit during the warm weather and see historical reinactors.

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Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site

402 South Lincoln Hwy Rd
Lerna, Illinois
62440 USA

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