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

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Charleston Tourism
Mattoon Tourism
Illinois Historic Preservation Agency


9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Grounds open until dusk

 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, August 11, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
New Volunteer Open House

Are you interested in volunteering at Lincoln Log Cabin, but don't know where to start? Here's your chance! There are so many ways to get involved at Lincoln Log Cabin. Whatever you're interested in, we can help customize a volunteer experience for you! Our volunteers usually work about one day per week, and our scheduling is very flexible. Regular volunteers can also earn discounts in our  gift shop, and are invited to private events just for volunteers! Other benefits of volunteering include meeting and socializing with people who share your interests, learning new skills, giving a boost to your resume or college application, and making a difference in your community. Plus it's FUN! Please contact us for youth or group volunteer opportunities. For more information, please email us at

Sunday, August 12, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Annual Bluegrass Jam

Anyone with a love for this traditional style of music is welcome; bring lawn chairs or a blanket. Those who play an instrument are encouraged to bring theirs along and join in a jam session with one of the many informal groups playing in the park. Volunteers will be selling concessions.

Saturday, August 25, 10:00 am
That's to Dye For! - Adult Workshop Series

Join us for a unique guided workshop, no experience required! This hands-on workshop will walk participants through the process of dyeing fabric in the 1840s. Using natural materials available in the 19th century (flowers, bark, and more), participants will dye a garment or accessory of their own! Cost: $35/person. Includes light refreshments and all materials. Space is limited; pre-registration required. Please email for more information. Sign up online here.  

Saturday, August 25, 3:30 pm
“Illinois in Art and Literature, 1818 to 2017”

Art historian and educator Laura Mueller will offer a wide-ranging, slide-illustrated presentation surveying depictions of Illinois and its people in art and literature. It will include examples representing many points in time between 1818 and the present, indicating the countless ways in which Illinois has been represented artistically throughout its history as a state. The presentation will emphasize works of visual and literary art by Illinoisans but will also incorporate works by artists and authors from elsewhere that illuminate significant aspects of life in our state. Laura E. Mueller is a teacher and artist who completed a bachelor of fine arts degree at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago but also pursued graduate study in comparative literature at the University of Chicago. For 29 years, she worked as a lecturer and later as a drawing teacher at the Art Institute of Chicago. She has also taught the humanities and English literature at various colleges. She looks forward to giving her Road Scholars Speakers Bureau presentation, which integrates two disciplines that she loves. This presentation is made possible by Lincoln Log Cabin Foundation and the Illinois Humanities Council. The IHC is an independent, nonprofit state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, dedicated to fostering a culture in which the humanities are a vital part of the lives of individuals and communities. Illinois Humanities creates programs and funds organizations that promote greater understanding of, appreciation for, and involvement in the humanities by all Illinoisans, regardless of their economic resources, cultural background, or geographic location. Illinois Humanities is supported by state, federal, and private funds.



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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