Abraham Lincoln was born on February 12, 1809, in Hodgenville, Kentucky. When he was 7, his family moved to what is now Spencer County, Indiana. They lived here from 1816 – 1830.
To celebrate the legacy of one of America’s greatest presidents, explore the area where Abraham Lincoln lived during his formative childhood years.
5 Ways to Celebrate Abe’s Birthday:
- Visit Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial where you can see a short film about young Abe’s time growing up in Indiana, experience pioneer life at the replica cabin with park rangers dressed in period clothing during certain seasons, and walk the scenic trails to enjoy the nature preserved by the national park.
- Tour 13 Lincoln-era replica cabins and meander through hundreds of artifacts from the area’s past at the Lincoln Pioneer Village & Museum. Plan to bring a picnic to savor at the Rockport City Park, too!
- Explore the woods Lincoln walked as a boy at Lincoln State Park. Enjoy paddle boating on Lake Lincoln, camping in a tent or a rustic cabin, the nature center, and more. Visit the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Plaza inside the park to see key milestones in Lincoln’s life and how tall he was during certain years.
- Watch the story of Abraham Lincoln come to life onstage at the Lincoln Amphitheatre. Experience the live performance under the roofed amphitheater which is nestled inside Lincoln State Park.
- Drive to the Rockport Bluff along the Ohio River to see the spot where Lincoln took off on his famous flatboat journey and witnessed slavery. This trip contributed to America’s 16th president’s desire to abolish slavery.
Lincoln’s Indiana Boyhood Home is full of interactive ways to learn about Abraham Lincoln’s childhood in Spencer County, Indiana.