A few months before Lincoln was born his parents and sister moved from nearby Elizabethtown to the property, known as Sinking Spring Farm. His father paid $200 for 348 acres of stony ground on the south fork of Nolin Creek.. However, Lincoln did not remember living on the farm because his family moved down the road to Knob Creek Farm when he was only two years old.
The farm's name came from a spring on the property which emerged from a deep cave, still visible today. Bob walked down into the spring, but I stayed at the top. Sinking Spring was the water source for the Lincoln Family
This neoclassical granite and marble structure designed by architect John Russell Pope -- a sort of Greek temple in the Kentucky woods was built to house a reconstructed cabin like one where Lincoln wa born. Fifty-six steps, one for each year of Lincoln's life, lead to the huge double front doors. We went around by the side (photo 2) because I didn't want to climb all the steps.
The one-room cabin that is inside does reflect Lincoln's humble beginnings although it may be smaller than the original. It includes one door (photo 5) and window, a stone fireplace, and dirt floor.
Beside the entrance to the memorial building is inscribed, "Here over the log cabin where Abraham Lincoln was born, destined to preserve the Union and free the slave, a grateful people have dedicated this memorial to unity, peace, and brotherhood among the states."
This historic site is free of charge and open daily between 8 a.m. and 6:45 p.m. Memorial Day through Labor Day and 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Labor Day through Memorial Day.
The steps up to the memorial building represent the years of Lincoln's life. But there is access for people in wheelchairs. There is a walkway from the back of the visitor's center to the side of the building. We met a lady pushing a wheelchair when we were walking on the walkway.
There is, however, no way to get down to the Sinking Spring without going down steps. I only took a picture of that from the top.
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