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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 4:00 pm
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




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!

Friday, November 9, 7:30 pm, Saturday, November 10, 7:30 pm and Sunday, November 11, 2:00 pm
A special theatrical performance commemorating an often untold story in Illinois' history. "Above The Laws of God" a play in one act by Earl Halbe, is based on the true story of the Herrin Massacre of 1922 when union coal miners put their humanity aside in downstate Herrin, Illinois, and tortured and killed nineteen strike breakers. "Above The Laws of God" is more than the Herrin Massacre... it explores man's inhumanity to man. The play contains mature subject matter, but no graphic violence, parental discretion advised. Tickets are $10 per person, purchase online here.

Saturday, November 17 at 2:30 pm
“From Obscurity to Greatness: Illinois and Lincoln, 1830 to 1861”
Join us in the Visitor Center Auditorium for this presentation by Kevin Wood portraying President Lincoln. In 1830, the young State of Illinois – only 12 years old – was the fifth smallest in the nation in terms of population. It was a relatively unknown and mostly undeveloped land with an uncertain future and not necessarily destined for any measure of greatness. That same year, a young man arrived in Illinois with his family and the same could be said about him: unknown, undeveloped, an uncertain future and not apparently destined for much. The next 31 years would see the transformation of both the state and the man, of both Illinois and … Abraham Lincoln. By 1860, Illinois would grow more than tenfold to become the nation’s fourth largest state, full of energy and promise and a microcosm of the entire nation: a mix of northerners and southerners, native-born and immigrants, rich and poor, liberal and conservative, urban and rural. These groups clashed at times, but also learned how to live and work together to further the interests of all. And Abraham Lincoln would grow tremendously, too, to become known throughout the country as the President-elect of a nation in crisis, on the verge of disunion and perhaps even civil war, the leader who would need to try to keep a divided nation (and state) together, yet without abandoning his principles. It is the story of how Illinois, and Lincoln, grew from obscurity to greatness during Illinois’ early years. This program is appropriate for audiences of all ages, both adults and children.  We will also be commemorating Thanksgiving on the farm, so be sure to visit the Lincoln Cabin before the presentation.

Wreath-Making Workshop
Saturday, November 24, 1-4 pm
Join us for this guided workshop and create a festive holiday wreath that'll last through Christmas! A variety of greenery, ribbons, and natural decorative elements will be available to create unique and interesting designs.

Cost: $35/person. Includes light refreshments and all materials. Space is limited; pre-registration required. Register here.

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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