On this day in 1862, Abraham Lincoln signed a proclamation that abolished slavery in Washington D.C. Eight and a half months later, President Lincoln would issue the Emancipation Proclamation freeing slaves in areas still under Confederate control.
Visit the very spot where young Abraham Lincoln launched a flatboat to transport produce to New Orleans for a local merchant in 1828. This experience influenced the anti-slavery views he promoted as president. It was on this trip that Lincoln saw slavery for the first time at a New Orleans slave auction. Lincoln Landing is located on the riverfront under the bluff in downtown Rockport, Indiana.
This weekend, learn more about the life of young Abraham Lincoln by visiting Lincoln’s Indiana Boyhood Home. Visit Lincoln State Park and discover Indiana’s past throughout 10 miles of hiking trails and two scenic lakes. President Lincoln spent part of his youth in what is now a 2,026-acre park.
Enjoy free entry into the Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial and learn about the lives of the Lincoln family who lived here in a pioneer community from 1816 to 1830. Hike the trails in the same woods Abraham explored as a boy, discover what it was like to live in a log cabin in the 1820s, and help with daily household chores and farm duties at the Living Historical Farm.
It was on this same land many years ago that Abraham Lincoln learned the concepts of freedom, justice, and the law. For more information on Lincoln’s Indiana Boyhood Home and all the Lincoln attractions throughout the area call us at (812) 937-4199 or send us a message.
This blog post has been updated from March 2016.