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Lincoln Log Cabin
402 S. Lincoln Highway Rd
Lerna, Il 62440

Additional Links:

Charleston Tourism
Mattoon Tourism
Illinois Historic Preservation Agency


9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Seven days a week

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




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!

Mary Lincoln- "Preserve the White House"
Saturday, August 5, 2:00 pm
Jessica Michna will present a firts-person portrayal of Mary Lincoln as she recalls her early years and education in Lexington, Kentucky. She tells of her move to Springfield, Illinois where she would meet and marry a young prairie lawyer. From the couple's early married years in Springfield, to their life in Washington, Mary regales her audience with stories of her boys, including her biggest boy, Mr. Lincoln. During this time of national strife, the Lincolns would suffer personal tragedies, concluding on that fateful day in April 1865. Ms. Michna's performance will take place in the Visitor Center auditorium and is free and open to the public.

Volunteer Information and Orientation
Saturday and Sunday, August 5 and 6, 1:00 pm- 5:00 pm
Benefits of volunteering include meeting and socializing with people who share your interests, learning new skills, giving a boost to your resume or college application, and making a difference in your community. Regular volunteers can also earn discounts in our foundation gift shop, and are invited to private events specifically for volunteers. We are currently most in need of volunteers to act as docents in the visitor's center, conduct retail transactions in the gift shop, help with site maintenance and groundskeeping, and work on the farms as historic interpreters. Saturday's session will cover volunteering basics and is geared towards those interested in volunteering in the visitor center, gift shop, and other "out of period clothing" roles. Sunday's session is a more in depth extension that will focus on historic interpretation! Attendance at both Saturday and Sunday's sessions is preferred if you want to work on the farms as an interpreter.Whatever you're interested in, we can help customize a volunteer experience for you!

Bluegrass Jam
Sunday, August 13, 11:00 am-4:00 pm
Bluegrass and traditional musicians from Illinois and Indiana will converge at the site for an afternoon of jamming. There will be no formal stage performances, informal groups of musicians will jam throughout the afternoon.  The musicians will play in the shaded area near the site’s main parking lot and visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs to relax in the shade and enjoy the sounds of bluegrass music in the park, concessions will be available.


Summer Programs and Camps! Check out our offerings for the young'uns for summer!


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: Donate Now


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