Things To Do

Memorial Visitor Center Courtyard

Courtyard of the Memorial Visitor Center landscaped by Frederick Law Olmstead, Jr.


Begin at the Memorial Visitor Center. This building is a memorial to Abraham Lincoln and his family and was designed with two halls and a connecting cloister. On the outside of the building there are five sculpted panels marking significant periods in the life of Abraham Lincoln. In the visitor center auditorium watch the 15 minute orientation film and walk through the newly renovated museum. The park's orientation film is open captioned and assistive listening devices are also available. A printed version of the museum display text is currently available. An audio description of the museum will be available soon.

The Allee is the trail from the Visitor Center to the Pioneer Cemetery where Abraham Lincoln's mother, Nancy Hanks Lincoln, is buried. Nancy died of milk sickness in 1818 when Abraham was just nine years old.

Walk the Lincoln Boyhood Trail to the Cabin Site Memorial, the site of what is believed to have been the third Lincoln cabin. The Lincoln Living Historical Farm is a re-created pioneer homestead with a cabin, outbuildings, split rail fences, farm animals, vegetable and herb gardens and field crops. Rangers in period clothing perform a variety of activities typical of the 1820 era.

Ask the ranger at the front desk for assistance with accessibility needs.

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