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Lincoln Log Cabin
402 S. Lincoln Highway Rd
Lerna, Il 62440
217.345.1845
e-mail: HPA.LincolnLog@Illinois.gov

Additional Links:

Charleston Tourism
Mattoon Tourism
Illinois Department of Natural Resources

HOURS

9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Wednesday-Sunday
Visitor Center closed Mon-Tues

Grounds open until dusk
7 days a week

 
 We are closed on Veteran's Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, News Year's Eve, and New Year's Day
 

Living History Programming takes place between May 1st and October 31st with additional special events throughout the year. Grounds are open year-round 8:30 am until dusk



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Welcome to 1840s Rural Illinois

Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site, part of the Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area, preserves the 19th-century home of Thomas and Sarah Bush Lincoln, father and step-mother of our 16th president. Abraham Lincoln was a lawyer living in Springfield by the time his parents moved here, but his burgeoning law practice often brought him to Charleston and the farm, especially during the 1840s. Abraham Lincoln also owned a portion of the farm which he deeded back to his father and step-mother for their use during their lifetime.

Today Lincoln Log Cabin is an 86-acre historic site that is owned and operated by the State of Illinois, managed by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Division of Historic Sites. The site includes an accurate reproduction of the Lincolns’ two-room cabin that was reconstructed on the original cabin site in 1935-1936 as a Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) project. The National Park Service oversaw the creation of Lincoln Log Cabin State Park with CCC labor. The CCC camp, Camp Shiloh, was located within the park’s boundaries and its enrollees were WWI veterans. Today the ten acres in the northwest corner of the park where Camp Shiloh was located is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

A working, living history farm has been developed around the cabin, and a second historic farmstead, that of Stephen and Nancy Sargent, has been moved to the site to help broaden visitors’ understanding both of life in the 19th century and Lincoln’s legal practice in the community. The site also includes the Moore Home, where Lincoln bid farewell to his family in 1861 before leaving to assume the Presidency, and the gravesites of Thomas and Sarah Lincoln at the Thomas Lincoln Cemetery.

Upcoming Events!

Saturday Story Series- March 2 @ 10:30 am

The featured story for March 2nd is "Sarah Emma Edmonds Was a Great Pretender: The True Story of a Civil War Spy" by Carrie Jones (Author), Mark Oldroyd (Illustrator).

"Sarah Emma Edmonds started pretending at a very early age. Her father only wanted sons, so Sarah pretended to be one. Unlike most kids, though, Sarah never really stopped pretending. In 1861, during the U.S. Civil War, Sarah pretended her way into the Union Army, becoming a male nurse named Frank Thompson. Being a nurse didn't quite satisfy "Frank," though. She wanted to keep her fellow soldiers from getting hurt. So when the Union Army needed a spy, she leapt at the chance. While still pretending to be Frank, Sarah also pretended to be a male African American slave, a female Irish peddler, and a female African American laundress. She slipped behind enemy lines time after time, spied on the Confederate Army, and brought back valuable intelligence to the Union. Sarah was not only good at pretending; she was also very brave. Later in life, Sarah Emma Edmonds wrote a book to tell her story. She explained, "I am naturally fond of adventure, a little ambitious, and a good deal romantic." She was also truly a great pretender."

Meet Johnny Appleseed
March 23 in the Visitor Center Auditorium
Join us for a day in celebration of John Chapman, better known as “Johnny Appleseed.”

At 12:30pm, volunteer Cheryl Hawker will be presenting an educational program of facts you may not have known about Johnny Appleseed and how that relates to the Lincoln-Sargent Farms. Stop by the orchard to check out the progress of our Johnny Appleseed trees, cloned from the last known tree planted by him in Ohio.

At 2pm, Steve McPhail will be presenting a special portrayal of John Chapman. He wears clothing common to frontiersman of the early 19th century, however, don't expect to see him with a pan on his head! A high school history teacher by trade, early in his career McPhail began portraying "Johnny Appleseed" as a means to bring the historic character to life for visitors of all ages.

 

 

Enduring Legacy: The Civilian Conservation Corps in Coles County, 1935-1941
This temporary exhibit celebrated the 75th anniversary of Lincoln Log Cabin and was on display in 2011 and 2012. Access the story here

 

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How You Can Help
Please consider making a donation to help support the efforts of the Lincoln Log Cabin Foundation in maintaining vital education programming, producing special events, and meeting the needs of Lincoln Log Cabin to continue the preservation of our rural heritage. Click here to download a form for mailing or donate online with your personal credit card: Donate Now

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