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"Abraham Lincoln Birthplace..." Hodgenville Things to Do Tip by sambarnett

Hodgenville Things to Do: 5 reviews and 8 photos


Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Site
Lincoln's parents, Thomas and Nancy, bought the 348 acres Sinking Springs farm in late 1808. On February 12, 1809, Nancy gave birth to Abe and two years later the family moved to the Knob Creek farm, just down the road from this sight.<BR>
   The site contains 2.2 miles of hiking trails, including one that leads to the sinking spring itself. On the hour the visitor's center shows a short film about the farm. The main sight is the neoclassical granite and marble temple pictured here. No, Lincoln was not born into such ornate surrounds. The structure was started in 1909 and dedicated by then President Taft in 1911. There are 56 stairs leading up to the building, one for each year of Abe's life. Inside is a replica of the humble type of cabin the Lincoln family called home.

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  • Written Oct 4, 2002
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