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Contact: Stephen Brown, 270.358.3137
Bring the family or the classroom students and experience rural Kentucky as it might have been when Abraham Lincoln, our 16th President, was born at Sinking Spring Farm. This curriculum-based educational event is scheduled to take place at the site on Wednesday, September 12, 2007, from 8:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
Farming, weaving, blacksmithing, period re-enactors, basket making, yarn spinning, and rail-splitting are just a few of the planned activities that will captivate and educate students. Military encampments were familiar sights when Abraham Lincoln and his family were living in Kentucky, and there will be living history demonstrations by soldiers in period dress. Farm animals will be on site for viewing.
There will be knowledgeable interpreters in period costume, shape note singing demonstrations, and musicians performing on period instruments. Most of the exhibits and demonstrations will be geared toward 5th grade, but all children and families are welcome. In order to ensure a pleasant and productive visit, we ask that larger groups contact the park in order to schedule their arrival.
Our visitor center features the original Lincoln family Bible, a model cabin, exhibits on rural Kentucky life, and interactive displays. Our bookstore and gift shop will remain open and are wonderful sources for education materials. An 18-minute film, “Lincoln: The Kentucky Years” will continue to be shown on the hour and half hour between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. The Memorial Building, the symbolic Lincoln Birth Cabin, Sinking Spring, and the Boundary Oak site will also be available for viewing.
The park will observe regular business hours, remaining open from 8:00 a.m. until 4:45 p.m. For additional information please contact Steve Brown, Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Site at 270-358-3137 or by e-mail: e-mail us