Civil War 180: Battlefield panoramas

Tuesday, January 11, 2022

In baby steps of Abraham Lincoln in Hodgenville, Kentucky

Fifty-six steps to the top -- one for every year of Lincoln's life.
I made it to the top, slightly winded.

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On Monday morning, I visited the birthplace of Abraham Lincoln at Sinking Spring Farm in Hodgenville, Ky. No, he didn’t live in this impressive structure. (Loved the lion door handle flourishes there, by the way. 😁) But inside there’s a replica of the one-room cabin he was born in on Feb. 12, 1809. Archaeologists found nothing at this site, a National Park Service employee told me. Lincoln mentioned living on a hill above a spring, so hence the memorial was built here. I checked out the spring, too. In 1811, the Lincolns moved to nearby Knob Creek Farm—much different topography there. Enjoyed walking in the baby steps of a great American on a frosty, deep-blue sky day.

The deep-blue sky made for an excellent backdrop.
The view from the Lincoln memorial.
A replica of the cabin on the site where Lincoln was born on Feb. 12, 1809.
Don't get handsy at the replica cabin.
Lion's door handles would be nice addition to Banks Manor.
A historical marker explains Sinking Spring.
Another view of the spring.
The spring (right) is below the memorial.

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1 comment:

  1. I'll have to definitely check this monument out if I ever make it back to the "Old Country" again.

    As always, thanks again for all the hard yakka you put into your blog for all of us out there to enjoy.