When you think about President Abraham Lincoln, what state comes to your mind? Most people know that Lincoln was born in Kentucky, lived in Illinois and spent many years in Washington DC where he ultimately died, but how much do you know about his time spent in southern Indiana? Recently we took a road trip over to Lincoln City, Indiana to visit the Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial.
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Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial – Indiana
Recently we visited the Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial in Lincoln City, Indiana. This means that we have now been to all the Lincoln landmarks in the United States. We’ve visited Lincoln’s birthplace in Hodgenville, Kentucky; then on to his homeplace in Springfield, Illinois and the Lincoln Memorial and Ford’s Theatre. And now we have been able to cross off his boyhood home in Lincoln City.
“There I Grew Up…” A. Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln grew from youth to manhood on this southern Indiana soil. Many character and moral traits of one of the world’s most respected leaders was formed and nurtured here. Explore Lincoln’s boyhood and learn about the boy who would one day become the leader of our nation.
You begin your tour at the Memorial Visitor Center which was designed with two memorial halls and a connecting hall. The Memorial Court features five sculptured panels, marking significant periods in the life of Abraham Lincoln.
In summer months, the Visitor Center is a great place to spend some time since it is air conditioned! You can watch a brief film telling you the story of the Lincoln family and their life here in southern Indianan.
After you leave the Visitor’s Center, it’s about a mile out to the Historical Farm. You could also choose to drive over to the Farm and park near the restrooms.
You will pass the family cemetery where Lincoln’s Mother is buried.
If you take the path another half mile, you will come to a restroom and picnic area and then on to the Historical Farm.
The Lincoln Living Historical Farm is a working pioneer homestead with a log cabin, outbuildings, split rail fences, livestock, gardens and field crops. Rangers dressed in period clothing perform a variety of activities typical of daily life in the 1820s.
Things to Know:
- You may drive to the Historical Farm if you prefer not to walk the trail.
- There is a fee, but if you have a National Park Pass, you may get in free.
- There are several benches along the path if you need to rest.
- There is a post office onsite if you need to mail a package.
Park visitors are required to pay an entrance fee when visiting the park. Entrance fees are collected at the Memorial Visitor Center upon arriving in the park. The pass is valid for 7 days. The park accepts cash or check.
Per Person: $5.00 (youth age 16 years or younger are free)
Per Family: $10.00
Every Kid in a Park Pass – Free
*Don’t forget that you can get a free pass if you have a 4th grader in your family!
A free pass for fourth graders. Fourth graders can earn the pass by completing a fun, educational activity at everykidinapark.gov and printing a paper voucher. Exchange the paper voucher for a plastic card at public lands that issue other passes. Learn more about the Every Kid in a Park Pass.
Find the Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial
3027 East South Street
PO Box 1816
Lincoln City, IN 47552
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Sharon Williams is a mom of 3 who loves to read, travel, take pictures, work in the flowers and spend time with family. When she’s not blogging, she’s probably out enjoying life so she’ll have something fun to blog about tomorrow!