Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial

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Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial

Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial
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Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial hosts the site of the farm where the 16th president of the U.S. spent the majority of his youth.
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ForrealFamilyFun
Saint Louis, MO700 contributions
The Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial is a wonderful place that celebrates the youth of Abraham Lincoln. It is part of the National Park Service. The Memorial consists of several points of interest.
The Memorial Hall is the home of a Lincoln Museum, gift shop, and two halls. You enter the Memorial through a cloistered entrance, where five stone murals depict Lincoln's life. Each mural has a quote from Lincoln carved over it. A short video (narrated by Leonard Nimoy!) which describes Lincoln's life during his time in Indiana is shown in Nancy Lincoln Hall. There are paintings and sculpture in the museum and throughout the memorial. Visitors can send a postcard from a small post office inside; however, it is only open from 10 to 11 AM. The Memorial Hall is closed from 12 to 1 daily. We used the time the memorial was closed to enjoy a picnic lunch. There are several picnic tables near the memorial and further inside the park.
From the memorial you can walk a trail which leads you to a massive 120 ft flagpole, which was dedicated in 1932. By staying to the left, you will pass the Pioneer Cemetery, which includes Nancy Lincoln's headstone. Nancy was Lincoln's birth mother who passed away at this homestead in 1818. If you stay on this trail, you will reach the Living Historical Farm. This is a reconstruction of frontier life from the time when Lincoln resided at the site. At times live reenactors are on hand to interpret life during that time. Further down the trail you can see the Lincoln spring, where the family got their water.
When leaving the village, be sure to take the Trail of Twelve Stones. On this trail you will see stones which represent important parts of Lincoln's life. These include bricks from Mary Lincoln's home, a stone from the field where Lincoln gave the Gettysburg Address, and a portion from the column of the house in which he passed away after being shot.
The Lincoln Boyhood Memorial is a great place to learn more about the time Lincoln grew into adulthood.
Written July 30, 2022
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D V
Wautoma, WI52 contributions
Driving from Tennessee to Wis, visiting National Parks. Kids doing the Jr ranger booklets. when making stop at Lincoln Birth site, saw this on the map as another Lincoln site. Arrived about 1/2 hr before visitor center closed. Kids were writing down answers in their books, ranger at desk noted that and gave them their badges - trusting they would finish the books on an honor system and due to the fact they would probably be closed when we finished touring the outside. They advised us to drive over to the living farm as it would be closing shortly. We did. We were looking at the buildings when a caretaker arrived to lock up and get the animals into their buildings. He chatted for a long time, said we were free to look around. Drove back to the monument and walked the path to Nancy Lincoln's grave. When husband caught up to my daughter and me he asked why we had not screamed? Apparently there was a huge snake slithering along the sidewalk. Didnt see it then. Saw it on the way down. Decided against wanting to hike the woods and trails there. Not large place but historic. Can get a stamp for the passport book.
Written June 19, 2021
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Texasgal1517
Nashville, TN49 contributions
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Take a step back in time to see how Abraham Lincoln grew up. Here you will find a living farm with some of the crops, tools, and animals Lincoln would have grown up with. Take a walk along the trails to get a feel for the "backwoods" ascribed to Lincoln and learn about his role in the local history. The park is well maintained, free, and worth spending a couple hours immersing yourself in nature and history.
Written August 3, 2022
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tinkerbsb
Mount Juliet, TN797 contributions
Great stop we walked up to his mom's grave site and then also went into the visitors center they only have the two wooden doors on either end open and be warned they are heavy. I had issues getting it open. They have a map of the site and we went up to the cabin sites also and strolled through that area also. They lady said most people arent aware that Lincoln spent any time in Indiana and she said she felt he didnt talk about it much because he lost both his mom and his sister in the state. His sister and he baby are buried at the state park which I think was either across or down the street from this site.
Written May 11, 2022
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valliam13
Adairsville, GA313 contributions
Couples
Great stop along the route! We were there a total of 1.5-2 hours and saw everything. It was cold and rainy so we didn’t walk all the trails but they appear to be fairly easy. We went back to the working farm and saw some animals as well. Even learned more about President Lincoln. Highly recommend this and maybe the state park across the street though we didn’t make it over to the state park.
Written September 22, 2021
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TAK0269
Clarksville, TN596 contributions
The museum is very informative and the park ranger is amazing! I would recommend a few hours for hiking the area. The 12 rock hike is really neat. The replica of the settlement is also cool with chickens and sheep as well as a working garden plot. The hike is super easy to walk and enjoyable. This is one of the best things in Santa Clause, Indiana!
Written May 31, 2021
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cg37
Glenview, IL168 contributions
With the visitor center and cabins closed due to covid, I wasn't sure it would be worth my while to visit the memorial recently, but I'm so glad I made the trip. There are still many serene country trails to wander here, meaningful Lincoln sites to see and autumn color was close to peak. I hope to return when all the facilities are open, during one of the planned events, but if I don't have the chance, I'll still hold dear the memory of the days I spent here.
Written October 24, 2020
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Allison J
Saint Francisville, IL23 contributions
Family
Quickly stopped here right before closing time. Lots of history! Abraham Lincoln's father's farm site with the monument of the actual foundation of their cabin, Abraham Lincoln's mother's grave, and the reenactors demonstrating what life would have been during the time Abraham Lincoln would have been living at that location. The monument itself is a gorgeous structure nestled in the Indiana forest as well.
Written June 2, 2018
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Martin S
Fort Wayne, IN30 contributions
This has been a favorite spot since I was young. It is a beautiful location and the memorial is informative and enjoyable. Visiting the working pioneer farm is a highlight.
Written March 27, 2016
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Christmas on Crestline
Wichita, KS210 contributions
Family
First a tip: Wear comfortable shoes and bring snacks. This is an awesome memorial and you will walk at over a mile in total to take the minimum tour. There is no where to get snacks for kids so make sure you bring snacks and drinks with you.

There are two parking lots; one at the museum and one at the trails. There is a permanent port-a-potty style bathroom at the trail parking lot and there is a bathroom in the museum. There is not a bathroom at the living farm.

We parked at the trails and walked to the museum. In between the two is Mrs. Lincoln's grave site. The trails are steep(ish) and is probably not for those who have difficulty in walking. The trails are clean of debris and are nice trails, just a bit steep for those with bad knees. From this parking spot to the museum is just over 1/2 a mile.
From the Museum to the living farm is about 3/4 of a mile.

The museum is very nicely done and has a ton of information about the family and not just President Lincoln, which we found very educational. The park rangers were just awesome and very helpful. There is a 15 minute movie about the president's childhood that plays every 30 mins. It was nicely done and is narrated by Leonard Nimoy (Mr. Spock).

The living farm was by far our favorite part of this location! The actors are incredibly knowledgeable about both the time period and the Lincoln's life. I was surprised to learn they are volunteers and are not paid employees. This is passion work for them. We spoke with one gal in-particular, we never got her name unfortunately, and she was just the best. She spoke with us for over 30 minutes and answered every question our children had. She even demonstrated a lot of chores for us.

The kids were most surprised to learn about peg work and how the Lincoln's were able to climb upstairs. We were most surprised to learn about farming in that time period including the dangers of Black Panthers in Indiana!

If you enjoy history at all you can simply spend all day here and never get bored. We spent 2 1/2 hours here and enjoyed every minute of it. We did not do the Trail of Twelve Stones which is a mile of educational trail. Due to the heat the kids were done and needed some AC. Had we brought drinks and snacks we'd have been okay.

This really is a place to come check out when you visit Holiday World. We stayed at Rudolph's Resort and this was only a 20 minute drive from our cabin's door. With four kids aged 10 -19 we all had a great family time.

Remember to wear comfortable shoes too, you'll need them. The attraction here is free by the way. The gift shop does have magnets, knickknacks for kids, and literature on the Lincolns. This is a national park so you can get your national park passport stamped here.
Written July 5, 2018
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