Lincoln's Birthplace - The Sinking Spring Farm
Named for Abe Lincoln's mother, Nancy, opened in 1933
The bottom quote is from William Howard Taft
|Examples of home furnishing during the period of Lincoln's early life|
|The slab of tree is from the Boundary Oak, which marked the end of Sinking Spring Farm and Thomas, Abe's father, Lincoln's property. The tree died in 1976 and was 195 years old.|
|The Lincoln Cabin and the path down to Sinking Spring|
|Sinking Spring and a couple of frogs we saw there|
Lincoln Boyhood Home Unit
|At the age of two, in 1811, Thomas Lincoln moved his family to the Knob Creek Farm about 20 miles from Sinking Spring. Land title disputes were common in Kentucky at the time and Thomas Lincoln was the loser in a dispute over the Sinking Spring property.|
|This cabin belonged to Austin Gollaher, a boyhood friend of Abe Lincoln. He lived into his 90s and maintianed his cabin, so that enough remained to reconstruct this cabin.|
The garden, which grew corn and pumpkins
|Other vegetables, that could be eaten fresh in summer and dried for use throughout the winter and herbs for medicine and seasoning were also grown in the garden.|
|Slavery was prevalent in this area of Kentucky at the time and Abe Lincoln most likely encountered it there. It was also part of the reason Thomas, a staunch opponent of slavery, moved his family to Indiana in 1816.|
|This is Knob Creek|
For the Lincolns, the Knob Creek Valley was a big change from the open fields at Sinking Spring Farm. The steep narrow passages between looming hills of limestone made farming a challenge. Droughts made for difficult irrigation and spring snowmelt often caused severe flooding of the fields during spring plantings.
Lincoln Homestead State Park
Lincoln Homestead Museum
Nancy Hanks Memorial
The Berry House
|The Nancy Hanks Memorial was constructed to honor the mother of Abraham. The native limestone memorial was dedicated on June 12. 1935, the 129th anniversary of the marriage between Thomas Lincoln and Nancy Hanks.|
On the right is the Berry House where Thomas Lincoln proposed to Nancy Hanks. After the death of her father, Nancy Hanks and her mother moved in with her aunt and uncle, Rachel and Richard Berry.
The Lincoln Cabin Front
The Lincoln Cabin Rear
|This is a replica of the Lincoln cabin in which Abe's grandmother, Bersheba Lincoln, lived and raised her children after the death of her husband, Abraham.|
Thomas Lincoln, the President's father, lived in the house until he was 25 years old. He was a carpenter and cabinet maker by trade. After careful research, the Lincoln Cabin replica was built on the site of the original house.
Parker's Landing 1792
|As we were following the Lincoln Heritage Trail, Margaret and I noticed a site with what seemed like miles of stone walls. It turned out to be the Parkers Landing Site, a ferry crossing.|
In 1783, a ferry was established here to carry travelers across the Beech Fork River. From here, flatboats carried goods to Natchez and New Orleans. Parker's Landing is noted for its unmortared rock fences.
The area is now been sub-divided and homes upwards of $500,000 are available.