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 Thursday-Sunday
April-August 9 am-5 pm
September-October 9 am -5 pm Thursday-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 email@example.com.
Lincoln's last visit to Coles County featured in the New York TImes.
Summer Activities for Kids!
Pioneer Camp- week-long sessions for kids completing 3rd grade through 7th grade.
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a
pioneer? At Pioneer Camp, you will find out! During this
week-long camp, students will dress, work and play just
as children did in pioneer times.
Students completing grades 3 – 7 will enjoy age appropriate
educational and recreational activities, historic interpretation, hands-on demonstrations
and skills, crafts and games, all based on the 1840s time
period, and using the tools and techniques of that time.
Each camp will have a maximum of 20 students to ensure
individualized attention and learning opportunities. Click here for all the details.
Youth Volunteer Program- for kids age 8-14
Spend your summer out on the farm like a true 19th-century pioneer! Kids aged 8-14 can sign up to be a "youth volunteer" and participate in Lincoln Log Cabin's living history program. Participants can be on the farm Wednesday through Sunday from 9:00 to 4:30 but do not have to attend every day or for entire days. Flexible schedules are allowed but should be discussed with the program coordinators. There is a $25 fee to cover expenses. Full details and an application can be found here.
Independence Day Celebration- July 11 and 12, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Come join us for our Independence Day celebration! We will be interpreting the Independence Day Celebration of 1865, a day that saw the Union restored, enslaved people emancipated, and soldiers slowly returning home from the battlefield. Come experience the joy of a country reunited and the sorrow of those mourning the lives lost in the conflict. Throughout the day, we will be playing historic games, cooking an accurate 1860s meal, and reading the Declaration of Independence aloud as a commemoration of how our country came to be. Please come help us celebrate an important and historic day in our nation’s history!
The Women of Spoon River- Sunday, July 26 at 2:00 pm. Interspersed with music of the period accompanied by mandolin and guitar, "The Women of Spoon River" is an adaptation of Edgar Lee Masters' classic work, "Spoon River Anthology." Written by Earl Halbe as a culmination project for an acting class at Lake Land College, "The Women of Spoon River" starring Ann Bruehler, Callie Baber, Liz Stephens, and Elizabeth Halbe, takes a fresh look at "Spoon River Anthology" from a woman's perspective. Visitor Center Auditorium. Another performance will be offered on August 16. Admission is free.
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 via PayPal with your personal credit card: