Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site
402 South Lincoln Hwy Rd
Lerna, Il 62440

*Only 8 miles south of Charleston, Il

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Charleston Tourism
Mattoon Tourism
Illinois Historic Preservation Agency


November-March    9-4 Wednesday-Sunday
April-May                9-5 Wednesday-Sunday
Memorial Day -Labor Day  9-5 Every Day  
September-October 9-5 Wednesday-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 preserves the site of the 1840s farm of Thomas and Sarah Bush Lincoln, father and stepmother of our 16th president. Abraham Lincoln was a lawyer living in Springfield by the time his parents moved here in 1837, but he did visit them periodically.

Today, Lincoln Log Cabin is an 86-acre historic site that is owned and operated by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, Division of Historic Sites. The site includes an accurate reproduction of the Lincolns' two-room cabin that was constructed on the original cabin site in 1935 as a CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) project. A working living history farm has been developed around the cabin, and a second farmstead, the Stephen Sargent Farm, has been moved to the site to help broaden visitors' understanding of 1840s rural life in Illinois. One mile north is the Moore Home State Historic Site, a reconstructed frame home where Abraham Lincoln bid his stepmother farewell in January of 1861 before leaving to assume the Presidency.


  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. The Lincoln-Sargent Farm Foundation is working to raise the funds necessary to begin this important work. For more information on how to contribute, please e-mail

Lincoln's last visit to Coles County featured in the New York TImes.

moore home

Upcoming Events!

Life and Works of Paul Turner Sargent: Coles County Painter Extraordinaire- Saturday, August 9, 10:00 am.
Paul Turner Sargent (1880-1946) was born, schooled, and worked in Hutton Township, Coles County throughout his 30+ years as a professional landscape artist.  Photographs and descriptions of his early and adult life and 50+ images of his paintings will be presented by Dick Hummel in an overview of a local personality treasure.  Come and learn about artist Paul Turner Sargent in the Visitor Center Auditorium. Be sure to visit the Sargent Gallery after the presentation to see the display of Sargent paintings from Lincoln Log Cabin’s own collection and a few which are on loan from local collectors.

Bluegrass Jam- Sunday, August 10, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
The 37th annual Bluegrass Jam Session will be held at Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site on Sunday, August 10 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  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.

Harvest Frolic Fall Celebration- September 27-28, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm .
Come celebrate the arrival of autumn at the Harvest Frolic on Saturday and Sunday, September 27 and 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Don't miss experiencing 19th-century life on the farm! Activities will take place at both the Lincoln and Sargent farms and will include children's games, craft and doll making, and hearth cooking. Visitors are encouraged to take part in period games and activities. Volunteers will demonstrate apple cider pressing, and food preservation. A number of artisans will be on site demonstrating their crafts including, woodcarving, flax processing, soap making, embroidery, pottery, basket weaving, blacksmithing, wheat weaving, and tatting. Gerry Barker will bring his oxen, the Unreconstructed Civil War Band will perform, and be sure to catch the puppet show.
New this year- the Frolic 5K! A 5k run and mile walk to kick off the festivities. Register here!

Exploring Lincoln's Roots, October 10-12
Join Eastern Illinois University's Academy of Lifelong Learning and staff from Lincoln Log Cabin for a special three-day, two-night journey through Indiana’s Lincoln sites to explore the Kentucky roots of our 16th president. Visit the plantation of Abraham Lincoln’s lifelong friend Joshua Speed.Explore Kentucky’s Bourbon Trail with a tour of Maker’s Mark Distillery.  Accommodations for both nights will be at the Inn at the Historic Pleasant Hill Shaker Village, outside Herrodsburg, Kentucky, which is also featured on our tour itinerary.  See details and register here.


**Our programming is made possible in part by a grant from the Illinois Humanities Council, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Illinois General Assembly.

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-Sargent Farm 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:

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