The First Lincoln Memorial and Boyhood Home

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.  Visit our country's first memorial to Lincoln, built with donations from young and old, and the site of his childhood home.

Memorial Building - large building with 56 stairs

Birthplace Unit

Explore the Birthplace Unit, the place Abraham Lincoln was born. Step inside the Memorial Building which houses the Symbolic Cabin.

log cabin interior - fireplace

Boyhood Home Unit

Explore the Knob Creek Tavern, a log home, and step into the place where Abraham Lincoln formed his earliest childhood memories.

Road with tree nearby. Fall time.

Plan Your Visit

Good planning is the key for an enjoyable visit. Find essential information for your trip here.

"Abraham Lincoln" actor

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Explore our shared history and learn more.

Ranger pointing at log cabin

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map of park, for decoration purpose


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road and trees in fall time

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Last updated: November 25, 2022

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

2995 Lincoln Farm Road
Hodgenville , KY 42748


270 358-3137

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