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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
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 Lincoln 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 Lincolnsí 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 parkís 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 visitorsí understanding both of life in the 19th century and Lincolnís 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 Workshops!

Quilting Workshop
Saturday, April 10, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm 

Participants in this beginner-intermediate level workshop, led by instructor Jamie Willis, will use the create quilt-as-you-go table runner of classic "Log Cabin" quilt blocks. A supply list will be sent out prior to class (some tools will be available to borrow as well). $40/person. Workshop is limited to 8 participants. Social distancing and masks will be required. Lunch is provided for this all-day workshop. Register online

Weaving Workshop
Saturday, May 29, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Weaving a Rag Rug: This is a perfect class for beginning weavers. We'll go over the basic terminology and process of weaving, providing a framework for you to begin weaving your rug. A variety of looms will be pre-warped for you to choose from. All materials will be provided including lunch, and by the end of the day participants will be able to weave off two small rag rugs to take home. $50/person. Workshop is limited to 8 participants. Social distancing and masks will be required. Register online.









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


Give a Gift!
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:




Stop by the Goosenest Prairie Gift Shop for a souvenir!


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