Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site
402 South Lincoln Hwy Rd
Lerna, Il 62440
*Only 8 miles south of Charleston, Il
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, 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.
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 Log Cabin Foundation is working to raise the funds necessary to begin this important work. For more information on how to contribute, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lincoln's last visit to Coles County featured in the New York TImes.
Harvest Frolic Fall Celebration and Inaugural 5K Run and 1 mile Walk- 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!
Lincoln Hits the Road! Will Visit 3 Central Illinois Sites on Saturday, September 6
Fire up the Lincoln and head out on a road trip with our 16th President as he visits three unique Lincoln Sites in Central Illinois on Saturday September 6th; from 9 am till 11 am Abraham Lincoln will be at the Bryant Cottage State Historic Site in Bement, then from 2:00 to 4 pm at Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site near Lerna, IL. Join Abraham Lincoln for his final stop from 7 pm to 9 pm as he visits the Vandalia State House State Historic Site in Vandalia.
Experience the Land of Lincoln through its rich fall colors painted across a rural landscape much unchanged from Lincoln’s day as you journey along with the president on his visit to three Historic Sites. Starting at 9 am on Saturday morning, Abraham Lincoln will be escorted to the Bryant Cottage by the Bement School marching band and youngsters waving old glory. He will then greet visitors at the Bryant Cottage State Historic Site and reminisce about his campaign against Stephen Douglas for the US Senate seat in 1858. Slavery was front and center in the pivotal debates between the two men, what might have happened to our nation had Lincoln won his contest? Take the opportunity to visit with Mrs. Bryant as she escorts you through her 1856 home and learn from artists demonstrating crafts of the period.
Then join Abe again in the afternoon from 2-4 pm at Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site for a fun family reunion with Lincoln’s extended family including his beloved step-mother Sarah Lincoln, who has laid out her groaning table with all sorts of sweet treats for his visit and called upon the neighbors to join in the festivities which includes musical entertainment provided by Lincoln Log Cabin's own volunteer musicians. Lincoln's last visit was in 1861 just before leaving for Washington DC. As Commander-in-Chief, approximately two million men served in the army and navy under Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War; find out how the president’s family served the nation.
The Vandalia State House is the final stop on Saturday evening from 7 pm to 9 pm where Lincoln ends our day of travel where it all began for him. Join Abraham Lincoln as he recounts his early years in the Illinois Legislature and find out how he took his first public stance against slavery here in 1837, a move which started the young politician on a path which would lead to slavery’s ultimate demise.
**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.
This temporary exhibit celebrated the 75th anniversary of Lincoln Log Cabin and was on display in 2011 and 2012. Access the story
Click here for a GPS Tour of Lincoln sites in Charleston!
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: