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 1845 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!

Saturday, April 26, 2:00 pm :: Abraham Lincoln and His Fascinating Family, presented by Dan Guillory

  In celebration of National Poetry Month, Professor Dan Guillory, author of nine books, including three on Lincoln, will present a program of poems, notes, and stories about the sixteenth president and his very interesting family on April 26, 2014 at 2:00 PM in the Visitor Center Auditorium at Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site,.  Like all American families, the Lincolns experienced their share of tragedy and triumph.  The program will focus on the following themes: Lincoln’s sense of humor, his love of Ann Rutledge and Mary Todd Lincoln, his four sons (especially Willie and Tad), and the aftermath of his assassination.
Professor Guillory is the author of The Lincoln Poems (published in 2008 selected for the National Bicentennial Celebration of Lincoln’s birthday in 2009), People and Places in the Land of Lincoln (published in 2010), and HousePoems (his latest book, published in 2013).  He has spoken at libraries, historical sites, colleges, and other venues throughout the state of Illinois.  He is Professor Emeritus of English at Millikin University in Decatur.  He and his wife Leslie reside in Shelby County.

Saturday, May 3, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm :: Sheep to Clothing

Follow the process of creating fabric in the 19th century, beginning with raw wool. Our volunteers will take you through the entire spectrum of the home-based manufacturing process; quite literally from sheep to clothing.  Learn more about textile production with a visit to the displays in the Sargent Gallery in the Visitor Center.

**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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ornamentRemember your visit by taking home a commemorative ornament!

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model cabin

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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