~ Abraham Lincoln's Birthplace and Boyhood home ~

On our way to Mammoth Cave, Margaret and I stopped to visit the birthplace and the boyhood home of Abraham Lincoln and the homestead of his grandfather. Along the way we stopped at Parker's Landing.


The building housing what was thought to be the Lincoln birth cabin


John Russel Pope designed this Memorial Building, in neoclassical architecture, housing what was thought to be the birth home of Abraham Lincoln. Building was completed in 1911. In 1916 the site was designated the Abraham Lincoln National Park. It has since been renamed the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park.
In the 1950s, it was determined that the cabin on display was not the real cabin in which Lincoln was born. However, it remains an icon of his humble beginnings and the site of Sinking Spring Farm is the location of his birth.
President Theodore Roosevelt dedicated the construction site of the Memorial Buildinng and laid the corner stone in 1909. On November 9, 1911, President William Howard Taft dedicated the Memorial Building.

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.

Roof construction

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


Historical Marker

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.








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