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Lincoln Log Cabin
402 S. Lincoln Highway Rd
Lerna, Il 62440

Additional Links:

Charleston Tourism
Mattoon Tourism
Illinois Department of Natural Resources


9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Seven Days a Week

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




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, June 22, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Hearth Cooking Demonstrations

Have you ever wondered what types of dishes were popular in 19th-century American cooking? Did they have ‘comfort foods’ like macaroni and cheese? Stop by and visit out kitchens as we demonstrate 19th-century cooking. We’ll run the gamut from plain to fancy fare though baking, boiling, frying, roasting and toasting. Lean about the seasonality of 19th-century ingredients and the equipment and methods for both cooking and preserving food. Period receipts (recipes) will be available for many of the foods we’ll be cooking, adapted for use in your own kitchen.

Sunday, June 23, 1:00 pm
Hardcore Hearth Cooking Workshop for Adults

On Sunday try your hand at 19th-century cooking in this hands-on workshop and  have a unique opportunity to prepare and eat a meal on the historic farm! Register here.

Saturday, June 29, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Independence Day Celebration
Celebrate an old-fashioned Independence Day at Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site. Visitors to this year’s Independence Day event can join in a game of Town Ball with Lincoln Log Cabin’s interpreters. In towns, cities and countrysides, wherever Americans have gathered for community events, there has always been a ball game of one sort or another. After the Civil War, the game of choice was most often Town Ball, which some historians believe was a precursor for the modern game of baseball. The rules to the early game are similar to what we know as baseball, and will be explained before each game. All visitors are welcome to participate. Before the Town Ball game starts, enjoy the raising of the flag on the Lincoln Farm, and follow that up with a reading of the Declaration of Independence, and a patriotic tableau performance by the site’s summer youth program participants.




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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