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Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site

402 South Lincoln Highway

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.


Ms. Bridge

Sunday, July 15, 2018
This is a very cool place to learn about life back in the day, but they do not teach or educate much about President Lincoln himself. I still recommend it. The animals (pigs, turkeys, and sheep) were fun for us to see. The "interpreters" or volunteers knew some history and how things used to work. There were several child campers there. They know quite a bit about the President's father and the neighbor farmer. They both had very different lives. You might be able to see some volunteers quilting or making am old fashioned lunch. They do have a gift shop and it is actually very reasonably priced. It is free to go here, but they will accept donations. This is NOT handicap (wheelchair/ mobility issues) friendly. There is a ramp to the visitor's center, but the talks around are not the best. There are places you would need to step up to enter the houses and even some places only visible by ladder.

Nancy Stone

Wednesday, July 25, 2018
What a hidden gem! We had a great time and it was FREE. Very educational. Fun and happy place to visit. I ext time we will being a picnic lunch and spend more time in a beautiful setting.

James G

Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018
Pretty neat place with some history to learn. Nice little walk and several photo ops. Worth a stop if near the area.

Tim Mcgonagil

Wednesday, June 27, 2018
Nice people. We were there during the off-season but during the season there are live reenactments and people are in period costumes. Super cool place to visit.

Christa Tibbs

Sunday, May 27, 2018
There are animals to be seen here (sheep, pigs, chickens, cows), historically accurate cabins, farm buildings and equipment. Sometimes there are even actors on site portraying the Lincoln family. There is a visitor center encluding a small wax museum, a gift shop, picnic pavilions, and a playground. Very nice, educational place to visit with family. It is free but with suggested donations.

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