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Indiana's Lincoln Boyhood National Monument - An Overview

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Contact Info:

2916 E South Street
P.O. Box 1816
Lincoln City, Indiana 47552
Phone: 812-937-4541

Overview:

Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial is located 2 miles east of Gentryville, Indiana, and 4 miles south of Dale, Indiana. On this Indiana farm, Abraham Lincoln spent 14 of most his life, from 1816-1829. His mother, Nancy Hanks Lincoln, is buried here.

History:

Authorized on February 19, 1962.

When to Visit:

The memorial is open daily, December through February: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; March through November: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and closed New Year's Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. The Living Historical Farm is open every day from mid-April through September; from November through mid-April the buildings are closed but visitors can still visit the farm and browse around.

Getting There:

The nearest airport is in Evansville, IN, 45 miles west of Lincoln City. But if you drive, take Interstate 64 to exit 57A (US 231). Travel south and turn onto Indiana Highway (west). The park will be 1.5 miles away.

Fees/Permits:

Admission to the park is $3 per person for age 17 and older, and a maximum charge of $5 per vehicle. The admission is good for one week. You can also pay $10 for an annual Lincoln Boyhood pass.

Activities:

This monument is a an easy afternoon of self-touring. Visitors can tour the Lincoln Living Historical Farm - a re-created pioneer homestead with a cabin, outbuildings, split rail fences, and even farm animals. Vegetables and herb gardens are also a fun feature to examine. Rangers are there dressed in period clothing and perform a variety of activities typical of the 1820’s.

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