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Lincoln Log Cabin
402 S. Lincoln Highway Rd
Lerna, Il 62440
217.345.1845
e-mail: HPA.LincolnLog@Illinois.gov

Additional Links:

Charleston Tourism
Mattoon Tourism
Illinois Department of Natural Resources

HOURS

9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Weds-Sunday
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



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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!

Old-Fashioned Prairie Christmas
December 7, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Get away from the hustle and bustle of holiday chores, and come out to enjoy an old-fashioned Christmas on the Prairie. Let the kids make a craft, enjoy hot wassail in the Visitor Center, walk to the Lincoln Farm and smell gingerbread baking, and listen to Christmas stories and carols in the visitor center auditorium. Christmas as we know it today was not widely celebrated on the early Illinois prairie. This was a break from some earlier traditions where Christmas was a raucous holiday which in many ways rivaled New Years celebrations of today. Many families simply gathered around the hearth to share the day socializing after the busy harvest season, all the while continuing to stay busy spinning wool, knitting, and performing other small tasks. However there was a growing trend in the 19th century to observe the holiday as a family affair with good food and simple decorations. The Goosenest Prairie Gift Shop will also be open for you to pick up those unique gifts you've been looking for, including many locally-sourced products and a great selection of items handcrafted by our talented volunteers!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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:

 

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