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Presidential Pathways: Abraham Lincoln Birthplace

In the fall of 1808, Thomas and Nancy Lincoln moved to a farm in LaRue County in Western Kentucky.  On Feb. 12, 1809, at the Sinking Spring Farm Abraham Lincoln was born in a one-room log cabin.  The original cabin was likely dismantled prior to 1865 and used in the construction of a nearby house, which was later dismantled and used to re-create the Lincoln cabin.  The Lincoln Farm Association believed it purchased the original logs from the cabin and attempted to reconstruct the building, but soon learned they did not have the authentic logs.  Eventually, the organization built a replica cabin on the site that resides inside the Memorial Building constructed near the spring.

The Lincoln Farm Association completed the construction of the Memorial Building in 1911, and donated the site to the U.S. government in 1916.  The U.S. Department of War oversaw the site and created Abraham Lincoln National Park, which it administered until 1933 when it was transferred to the National Park Service.  In 1998, the site became responsible for the Knob Creek Farm, where Lincoln lived from two to seven years old.  In 2009, the site took on its current moniker as Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park.

The Lincoln cabin no longer stands, but a Memorial Building contains a replica cabin.

There are 56 steps to the Memorial Building, which represent the 56 years of Lincoln’s life, and 16 rosettes, which symbolize Lincoln being the 16th president.

The replica cabin inside the Memorial Building is smaller than the original cabin where Lincoln was born.

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