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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 Historic Preservation Agency

HOURS

9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Wednesday-Sunday
Closed Mondays and Tuesdays

Grounds open until dusk

 
 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



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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 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.

Upcoming Events!

 

Oktoberfest: Home-brewing from Period "Receipts" with Special Guests from MASH
Friday, October 20th, 6-9 pm

We will be keeping our doors open late Friday, October 20th, for a special event designed to give adult guests an exciting living history experience!  Gather around the brew kettle with special guests from the Mattoon Area Society of Homebrewers (MASH) as they demonstrate their craft using period 'receipts.' This social event will allow guests to explore the similarities and differences between historic brewing and today's 'all-grain' and 'extract' home-brewing.  In the mid-1800s, brewing at home was a common means of preserving crops. In recent years, home-brewing as a hobby has experienced massive growth. MASH members will be available to answer questions about modern home-brewing and their club. LLCSHS volunteers will also be on site to discuss future events and volunteer opportunities.

 

Torchlight Halloween Hike, Pumpkin Carving Contest, and Wiener Roast
Saturday, October 28th from 6-9 pm
Join us for our Torchlight Halloween Hike and Wiener Roast where you. won’t want to miss the chance to enjoy Lincoln Log Cabin in the dark! We will start at the Visitor Center for a bonfire and wiener roast. Bring out your best carved pumpkin by 6:00 pm and visitors will judge the best carvings and prizes will be awarded. You will also want to hike the paths between our historic farms by torchlight and hear storytelling in the Lincoln Cabin. Enjoy live music as you sit around the fire.
To benefit the educational and interpretative programs of Lincoln Log Cabin, the Foundation will be selling hotdogs and s’mores for you to roast over an open fire, and hot cider for drinking. The Goosenest Prairie Gift Shop will be open too!
 

 

 

 

 

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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