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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 childhood days. Learn about the lives of the Lincoln family, who lived in this pioneer community from 1816 to 1830. The Memorial Visitors Center pays tribute to Lincoln and his time in Indiana, featuring a museum and two memorial halls. You can also explore 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, including a hutch handcrafted by Lincoln's father, Thomas.
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 10 miles of hiking trails, the Lincoln Amphitheatre (home to a summer concert series) and the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Plaza.
Take a tour of the Colonel Jones Home in Gentryville. The carefully restored 1834 Federal-design home belonged to Colonel William Jones, Lincoln's first employer and local politician. It's been restored to the period, offering a unique look at the early development of Indiana and Jones' life.
To learn even more about Lincoln's time in Indiana, explore George Honig's vision for the Lincoln Pioneer Village.