The First Lincoln Memorial

For over a century people from around the world have come to rural Central Kentucky to honor the humble beginnings of our 16th president, Abraham Lincoln.  His early life on Kentucky's frontier shaped his character and prepared him to lead the nation through Civil War.  The country's first memorial to Lincoln, built with donations from young and old, enshrines the symbolic birthplace cabin. 

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Lincoln: The Kentucky Years

Abraham Lincoln: The Kentucky Years

View the orientation movie shown at the park.

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Restored cabin at Knob Creek

Lincoln's Boyhood Home at Knob Creek

The Lincoln family lived at Knob Creek for five years, furnishing Abraham his "earliest memories" before moving to Spencer County, Indiana in 1816.

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The national historical park uses Facebook to keep visitors up-to-date on programs, special events, and other important occurances.

Follow Us on Facebook

The national historical park uses Facebook to keep visitors up-to-date on programs, special events, and other important occurances.

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Collage of Trading Cards

Trading Cards for Kids

Discover more than 500 stories about America's journey from the Civil War to Civil Rights. View online or visit this park to collect your own copies.

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Volunteers are an essential part of preserving and maintaining the cultural and historical resources of the park. Be part of the daily operations of the park and learn new skills by volunteering at the park.

Volunteering at the Park

Be part of the daily operations of the park and learn new skills by volunteering at the park. Opportunities are available in many areas of the park.

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Kids can become a Junior Ranger by participating in the Junior Ranger Program

Junior Ranger Program

Gain knowledge about the Lincoln family in Kentucky by completing the Junior Ranger Booklet while at the park and receive a Junior Ranger Badge.

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Knob Creek Valley from the Overlook Trail

Hiking Trails

Historic surroundings and magnificent views await hikers along the trails of the park giving an insight into early pioneer life in Central Kentucky.

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Picnicking facilities are available at both units of the park.

Picnicking

Planning a family picnic? Designated picnic areas at both units of the park offer historic surroundings in which to enjoy a family outing.

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