Trip Idea

Follow in Lincoln's Footsteps

Step foot where President Lincoln spent his childhood days.

Trip Idea Summary

Type of Trip: Family Fun, Rural Destinations

Region: South

Destinations Included: Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial, Lincoln Pioneer Village & Museum, Lincoln State Park, Lincoln City, Colonel Jones Home

Duration: 2-3 days

About this trip idea

Allow 2-3 days.

Abraham Lincoln spent 14 years of his life on his family farm in Spencer County. It was here that Lincoln was introduced to the power of books and the concepts of freedom, justice and law.

Where Lincoln Lived
Get a taste of what life was like in Indiana during Lincoln's childhood. Visit Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial , the site where Abraham Lincoln spent his days. Learn about the lives of the Lincoln family who lived here in a pioneer community from 1816 to 1830. This national memorial features a museum and the Living Historical Farm, a working pioneer homestead with a cabin, outbuildings, split rail fences, animals, gardens and field crops.

In Rockport, visit the Lincoln Pioneer Village & Museum . The village features 14 Lincoln-era replica cabins in memorial to Abraham Lincoln's 14 years spent in the County. The museum, dedicated in 1935, houses hundreds of artifacts from the area's historic past.

The 1,747-acre Lincoln State Park was established in 1932 as a memorial to Abraham Lincoln's mother, Nancy Hanks Lincoln. The park includes ten miles of hiking trails, an amphitheater and the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Plaza.

Stop for a bite at Buffalo Run Farm, Grill & Gifts . The farm sits on the property where Abraham Lincoln's cousin Dennis Hanks once lived. Take a tour of the farm, visit the gift shop, then, sit down to a buffalo burger and ice cream. Yum!

Take a tour of the Colonel Jones Home in Gentryville. The carefully restored 1834 house belonged to Abraham Lincoln's merchant employer, Colonel William Jones.

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Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial


Lincoln Pioneer Village & Museum


Colonel Jones Home


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