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Lincoln Homestead State Park
Map of the U.S. state of Kentucky showing the location of Lincoln Homestead State Park
Location Washington County, Kentucky, USA
Nearest city Springfield, Kentucky
Coordinates 37°44′54″N 85°12′35″W / 37.74833°N 85.20972°W / 37.74833; -85.20972Coordinates: 37°44′54″N 85°12′35″W / 37.74833°N 85.20972°W / 37.74833; -85.20972
Area 150 acres (0.61 km2)
Governing body State of Kentucky

Lincoln Homestead State Park is a park located just north of Springfield, Kentucky in Washington County. The park encompasses 120 acres (0.49 km2), and features both historic and reproduced homes of Abraham Lincoln's family.[1]

The three houses are related to Thomas Lincoln, the father of Abraham Lincoln. The two-story Francis Berry House is the only original one; it was where Abraham's mother Nancy Hanks lived while being courted by Thomas Lincoln. Thomas even proposed to Nancy by the large fireplace in the cabin.[2] The other two are reconstructions. They are the shop where Thomas learned to blacksmith and carpenter, and the other was Thomas' boyhood home. The 16 feet (4.9 m) by 18 feet (5.5 m) cabin might be a replica of Thomas' boyhood home, but it is built on the exact spot the original cabin was, and is made of 115 year old logs. The furnishings were also made by Thomas Lincoln himself.[3]

Captain Abraham Lincoln, the president's grandfather, moved to the site in 1781-2 from Virginia. It was here in May 1786 that he was killed by Indian attack, and Thomas Lincoln would also have been killed if it hadn't been for the actions of his brother Mordecai Lincoln. Captain Abraham was buried near the cabin, but the exact location is unknown.[4]

The buildings are only open between May and September, and there is never camping, but people can always picnic on the grounds, as well as fish at its lake. There is also a playground for the children. The park also includes an 18 hole golf course on the land Mordecai Lincoln once farmed. On the other side of the road from the golf course is the Mordecai Lincoln House.[3][5]

References

  1. ^ Kleber, John E., ed (1992). "Parks, State". The Kentucky Encyclopedia. Associate editors: Thomas D. Clark, Lowell H. Harrison, and James C. Klotter. Lexington, Kentucky: The University Press of Kentucky. ISBN 0813117720.  
  2. ^ DuPont-Ewing p.117
  3. ^ a b Off the Beaten Path: A Travel Guide to More Than 1,000 Scenic and Interesting Places Still Uncrowded and Inviting. Readers Digest. 2003. ISBN 0762104244.  
  4. ^ Davenport p.5
  5. ^ Groene p.18
  • Davenport, Don (2002). In Lincoln's Footsteps: A Historical Guide to the Lincoln Sites in Illinois, Indiana, and KentuckyIn Lincoln's Footsteps: A Historical Guide to the Lincoln Sites in Illinois, Indiana, and Kentucky. Big Earth Publishing. ISBN 193159905X.  
  • DuPont-Ewing, Annette C. (2007). Washington County. Arcadia Publishing. ISBN 0738552992.  
  • Groene, Janet (2000). Great Eastern RV Trips: A Year-Round Guide to the Best Rving in the East. McGraw-Hill Professional. ISBN 0071349294.  

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