Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site
402 South Lincoln Hwy Rd
Lerna, Il 62440
*Only 8 miles south of Charleston, Il
Illinois Historic Preservation Agency
November-March 9 am-4 pm Wednesday-Sunday
April-August 9 am-5 pm
September-October 9 am -5 pm Wednesday-Sunday
We are closed on Veteran's Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, 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 Historic Preservation Agency, 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.
Moore Home Restoration Project
The Rueben Moore home is the site of Abraham Lincoln's last visit to Coles County where he dined with his stepmother, extended family, and friends. The existing structure, just one mile north of Lincoln Log Cabin, is a Civilian Conservation Corps project and is in need of restoration. 2011 marked the sesquicentennial of Lincoln's visit and farewell and provides a timely occasion for us to be actively preserving those links to our national story. Lincoln Log Cabin Foundation is working to raise the funds necessary to begin this important work. For more information on how to contribute, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lincoln's last visit to Coles County featured in the New York TImes.
Prospective Volunteer Open House
Saturday, April 23, noon to 3:00 p.m.
Learn how you can get involved at Lincoln Log Cabin! Create your own unique volunteer experience!
Sheep to Clothing
Saturday, April 30th, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Discover how raw wool from the Lincolns' own sheep is turned into finished cloth for use on the farmstead. Watch interpreters as they weave on the site's mid-nineteenth century Sargent and Martin looms, replicating a period coverlet on one loom and weaving "jean cloth" on the other. After the wool is shorn, visitors are encouraged to participate in the hands-on demonstrations including, sorting and washing the wool, teasing and carding it for spinning, and finally spinning the wool into yarn where some of it will end up being knit into items following nineteenth-century patterns. Interpreters and volunteers will also demonstrate dyeing and felting and will showcase the final step in the process where woolen jean cloth is sewn to make pants for Mr. Lincoln. More history to be experienced in Coles County! This event is a partnership with additional events occurring in Coles County, go to www.linkontolincoln.org for more details on other events.
New Temporary Exhibit- History Underfoot
Archeological surveys are completed for a variety of reasons. One of the most common reasons is to identify and rescue archaeological remains before they are destroyed to make room for large public-works projects such as roads, bridges or other construction projects. Lincoln Log Cabin’s new exhibit on historic archeology will run through February 2017 and explore the hidden stories from various sites across the state, including our own. Because of the age of these sites, they often have written records and oral traditions which help to tell the story of a particular place; but what about what’s under the ground? What can the artifacts left behind tell us? Do they authenticate the stories and records we have? Can they tell us a new story; does it change what the written record tells us? History Underfoot explores the evidence left behind at five sites from across the state; a pottery in northwestern Illinois, a brewery site in Springfield, a tavern from southeastern Illinois, a farmhouse from the Illinois River valley and Camp Shiloh, the 1935-36 Civilian Conservation Corp camp located at Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site. Each tells a tale about time and place and the people who built them. Bring the kids and let them dig for their own artifacts!
This temporary exhibit celebrated the 75th anniversary of Lincoln Log Cabin and was on display in 2011 and 2012. Access the story
Click here for a GPS Tour of Lincoln sites in Charleston!
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: