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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 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



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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!

Celebrate the Arrival of Autumn at the Harvest Frolic!
September 23 and 24- 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Saturday at 9:00 am- the Frolic 5K and Walk!

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, crafts, and hearth cooking. Visitors are encouraged to take part in period games and activities. A number of artisans will be on site demonstrating their crafts including, woodcarving, embroidery, pottery, tinsmithing, blacksmithing, broommaking, tintype photography, dulcimer making, millinery, and much more. Special presentations will include oxen pulling by Gerry Barker, Unreconstructed String Band, nature walks with Brian “Fox” Ellis, Grand Camera Obscura demonstration by Jon Stealey, a magic show and a puppet show, and 19th-century street performing with the Clockwork Clown. Dulcimer playing and storytelling with Mike Anderson and historic cricket playing will take place on Sunday only. And Mr. Lincoln will be visiting also on Sunday. Food will be available from Smoky‘s BBQ of Charleston, pies from the Fillin’ Station of Toledo, and Kettle Corn. A pop-up farmers market at the front of the park will feature Four Little Pumpkins Farm. Click here for schedule.
Details and registration for the 5k and walk available at www.lincolnlogcabin.org/frolic5k

 

 

 

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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