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Day Trip: Lincoln Homestead State Park

By Linda Waggener

Mother's Day 2021 was perfect for an outdoor event, complete with a picnic, historical tour and playtime with granddaughters Tillie and Hailey. It was held where Abe Lincoln's family lived before moving northwest out of Kentucky.



After arranging our meeting, before Tom emailed the official link, I googled Abe Lincoln's boyhood home and got a list of many options where different states claim Abraham Lincoln once lived. I highly recommend this one, Lincoln Homestead State Park, located at 5079 Lincoln Park Road, Springfield, KY.

We toured the home place where Nancy Hanks accepted Thomas Lincoln's proposal on the banks of Beech Fork in Washington County, Kentucky in 1806. They married and had three children - Sarah, Abraham and Thomas, Jr.

Among the historical markers on the property, the Kentucky Lincoln Heritage Trail lists these events in the family's history:

1809: Abraham Lincoln born at Sinking Spring farm, in present-day Larue County, Kentucky.

1816: Lincoln family moved from Kentucky.

1841: Abraham Lincoln visited his friend Joshua Speed at Farmington, the Speed family plantation, in Louisville, Kentucky.

1842: Abraham Lincoln married Mary Todd of Lexington, Kentucky.

1847: The Lincoln family visited Lexington, Kentucky, en route to Abraham's only term in Congress.

1860: Abraham Lincoln elected President of the United States in November.

1865: Abraham Lincoln assassinated at Ford's Theatre in Washington, D.C.

Lincoln Homestead State Park features the original home of Lincoln's mother, as well as replicas of the 1782 cabin and blacksmith shop where his father was reared and learned his trade. The experience of touring the cabins was delightful through the eyes of nine-year-old Hailey and ten-year-old Tillie.

A picnic shelter, tables, grills, rest rooms, playground and parking area are near the cabins. It is open year-round.


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Day Trip: Nancy Hanks's home



2021-06-13 - Larue County, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener, ColumbiaMagazine.com.
Lincoln Homestead State Park just outside of Springfield, KY, showcases the original home of Abraham Lincoln's mother, Nancy Hanks.

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Day Trip: spinning and weaving



2021-06-13 - Larue County, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener, ColumbiaMagazine.com.
In each room of the Hanks home, the furnishings and lifestyle items are backed up with information to give details from that day. Tom Waggener and his daughter Tillie, 10, studied spinning and weaving.

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Day Trip: a covered bridge



2021-06-13 - Larue County, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener, ColumbiaMagazine.com.
A replica of the blacksmith shop where Abraham Lincoln's father was reared and learned his trade lies behind a covered bridge in the park. Each of the tools used at that time is a history lesson.

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Day Trip: inside the blacksmith shop



2021-06-13 - Larue County, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener, ColumbiaMagazine.com.
Lincoln Homestead State Park includes a replica of the blacksmith shop where Abe's father was reared and learned his trade. Many of the tools are in the shop.

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