In the fall of 1808, Thomas and Nancy Lincoln settled on Sinking Spring Farm. Two months later on February 12, 1809, Abraham Lincoln was born there in a one-room log cabin. Today this site bears the address of 2995 Lincoln Farm Road, Hodgenville, Kentucky. A cabin, symbolic of the one in which Lincoln was born, is preserved within a 1911 memorial building at the site. Lincoln lived at Sinking Spring until he was two years old, before moving with his family to another farm a few miles to the northeast along Knob Creek, near present-day U.S. Highway 31W, where he lived until the age of seven.
Abraham Lincoln State Historic Site – Park Main Entrance, 2995 Lincoln Farm Road, Hodgenville, KY 42748, USA
Latitude = 37.5307248
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BIRTHPLACE OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN, HODGENSVILLE, KENTUCKY
In this humble cabin was born one of the most loved of our country’s heroes, Abraham Lincoln. In his childhood Lincoln was very poor. His early homes were all much like this one. Most of them had no floors. The beds were made of poles thrust between the logs in the corners of the cabin, the other ends being held up by forked sticks driven into the ground. In all, Lincoln did not attend school more than one year.
What helped Lincoln become great? First of all he was splendidly honest. He was generous, courteous, and sympathetic. The hardships of pioneer life taught him to be brave, alert, and self-reliant. A keen sense of humor often helped him in difficult situations. He had a fine mind and by constant study obtained a thorough education. His address at Gettysburg is one of the finest in the English language.
As president, Lincoln had to face the bitter problems of the Civil War. His was the treat task of preserving the Union. When the war finally ended, President Lincoln’s chief thought, in the few remaining days of his life, was “to bind up the nation’s wounds.” His own words tell us how he felt and show us how truly great Lincoln was:
“With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation’s wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and for his orphan — to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.”
Index references: Civil War: Buildings, famous and historical; Gettysburg: Washington, D.C.