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

Additional Links:

Charleston Tourism
Mattoon Tourism
Illinois Historic Preservation Agency


9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Closed Mondays and Tuesdays

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, March 3, 10:30 am: Visitor Center
"Sugar Snow" by Laura Ingalls Wilder, illustrated by Doris Ettlinger
Join us at 10:30 a.m. in the Visitor Center Auditorium for our Saturday Story Series, which features the reading of a historically-themed children's book, followed by activities and crafts which help to engage youngsters in our American history and bring the stories to life. The programs, geared towards ages 3-10, are free and open to the public. All youth must be accompanied by an adult.

Saturday, March 10, 1 pm
New Volunteer Orientation
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! This orientation is for adult volunteers only. Please contact us for youth volunteer opportunities. For more information email:

Saturday, March 17th, 
Volunteer Work Day
Join us for a volunteer work-day! We've got a number of projects to complete in order to get the site ready for the summer, and we'd like your help. Projects may include spring cleaning in the cabin and Sargent house, light carpentry work such as replacing the Lincoln's well cover, fixing doors, patching holes in roofs, etc. Feel free to wear period clothing if you've got them, but it's not required. Bring a friend, the more the merrier! Please RSVP by emailing:

Saturday, March 24, 1 to 4:00 pm
Easter Egg Hunt and Roll

Celebrate a presidential tradition at Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site! The Lincolns and Sargents will be hosting a traditional Egg Roll and Easter Egg Hunt, along with other period games, a craft activity, and a story time for children. The Easter Egg Hunt begins at 1:30 p.m., and the Egg Roll begins at 2:30 p.m. Children (12 and under) will be divided into age groups, with each group having staggered start times.

Saturday, March 31, 2:00 pm
Roots of Rural Music with Special Guest Chris Vallillo

An Illinois Bicentennial Event, musician Chris Vallillo will present "Roots of Rural Music" in the Visitor Center Auditorium. Illinois is unique among states in that its access to the Mississippi, Ohio, and Illinois Rivers, as well as the Great Lakes, made it a virtual crossroads of people, cultures, and ideas. This mingling of people produced a rich body of roots music, which paints a colorful portrait of our heritage and gives detailed insight into the people and times that forged the state we have become.




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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