Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Park
On February 12, 1809, Abraham Lincoln was born at Sinking Spring Farm. A few years later, the family moved 10 miles away to Knob Creek Farm, where Lincoln had his earliest childhood memories. The family remained here until he was 6, and they moved yet again---first to Indiana and then to Illinois. After the 16th president’s assassination, the birthplace cabin was dismantled and moved from city to city until the Lincoln Farm Association, whose membership included Mark Twain and William Jennings Bryan, bought the farm and cabin and established the foundation for this permanent memorial.
The visitors center has a 15-minute film about Lincoln’s early life and exhibits that showcase the family bible and other items and highlight the family’s migration from Kentucky to Indiana and Illinois. To reach the granite memorial itself you can climb the 56 steps, one for every year of Lincoln’s life, or follow a wheelchair accessible boardwalk. A small reproduction log cabin marks the spot where Lincoln was born.
Also on the grounds is the spring, a natural well that gave the farm its name; 2 miles of hiking trails; and picnic areas. At the Knob Creek site (7120 Bardstown Rd.), also part of the park, you can visit yet another reproduction log cabin. In the town of Hodgenville itself, you can also check out Kentucky's official Lincoln Museum.
2995 Lincoln Farm Rd.
- Hodgenville, Kentucky 42748
- 37.53049500, -85.73638200
- Sinking Spring: daily 8--4:45 or 6 (depending on the season). Knob Creek: daily sunrise--sunset.
- Visit Website
- (270) 358-3137