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Near Springfield in Washington County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

The Berry Cabin

 
 
The Berry Cabin Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, August 17, 2011
1. The Berry Cabin Marker
Inscription. Thomas Lincoln proposed to Nancy Hanks in this house, originally located on Beech Creek about one mile from here. At the time, Nancy was living with her cousin, Francis Berry, and his family.

Lucy Shipley Hanks and her daughter, Nancy, emigrated to Kentucky from Virginia after the death of Nancyís father, James Hanks. Mother and daughter moved into the home of Lucyís sister, Rachel Shipley Berry, and her husband, Richard Berry, Sr. Lucy eventually remarried and moved to Boyle County, Kentucky. Nancy remained in the Berry borne until Rachelís death and then moved to the home of her cousin, Francis Berry.

Thomas Lincoln was also a relation of the Betty family and it was probably through them that he met Nancy Hanks. Thomas was a respected carpenter and cabinet maker. While not wealthy, he owned land in Hardin County, Kentucky, as well as town lots in the county seat of Elizabethtown. Thomas Lincoln courted, wooed and won Nancy Hanks in this house. Tradition holds that Thomas proposed to Nancy in the parlor, in front of the hearth. Nancy accepted the proposal and the couple were married on June 12, 1806.

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Kentucky Lincoln Heritage Trail

1809 Abraham Lincoln born at Sinking Spring farm, in present-day Larue County, Kentucky.
1816 Lincoln family moved
The Berry Cabin Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, August 17, 2011
2. The Berry Cabin Marker
from Kentucky.
1841 Abraham Lincoln visited his friend Joshua Speed at Farmington, the Speed family plantation, in Louisville, Kentucky.
1842 Abraham Lincoln married Mary Todd of Lexington, Kentucky.
1847 The Lincoln family visited Lexington, Kentucky, en route to Abrahamís only term in Congress.
1860 Abraham Lincoln elected President of the United States in November.
1865 Abraham Lincoln assassinated at Fordís Theatre in Washington, D.C.

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Erected by Kentucky Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission.
 
Location. 37° 45.655′ N, 85° 12.892′ W. Marker is near Springfield, Kentucky, in Washington County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Beechland Road (Kentucky Route 438) and Lincoln Park Road (Kentucky Route 528), on the left when traveling east. Click for map. Located in Lincoln Homestead State Park‎. Marker is in this post office area: Springfield KY 40069, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
The Berry Cabin (front) image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, August 17, 2011
3. The Berry Cabin (front)
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Lincoln Cabin (here, next to this marker); The Lincolns Move West (a few steps from this marker); The Nancy Hanks Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Nancy Hanks and Thomas Lincoln (within shouting distance of this marker); The Marriage of Nancy & Thomas Lincoln (within shouting distance of this marker); Lincoln Homestead State Park (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Lincoln Homestead State Park (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Lincoln Cabin (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Springfield.
 
More about this marker. In the center is "An artistís rendering of Thomas Lincolnís proposal to Nancy Hanks in the Francis Berry Cabin." Original art by Gerald Myers, Campbellsville, Kentucky
 
Also see . . .
1. Lincoln Homestead State Park. Kentucky State Parks (Submitted on August 20, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 

2. Kentucky Lincoln Heritage Trail. (Submitted on August 21, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
The Berry Cabin (rear) image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, August 17, 2011
4. The Berry Cabin (rear)
Berry Cabin Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, August 17, 2011
5. Berry Cabin Plaque
To the memory of
John O. and Julia Scannel Polin
who helped preserve the Lincoln
traditions of Washington County,
this, their home, and the early home of
Nancy Hanks Lincoln
is affectionately dedicated and donated
to the Division of Parks of the
Commonwealth of Kentucky
by their children
Joseph O. Polin
Mrs. hubert P. Simms
John A. Polin
Sister Mary Julia Polin, O.P.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 731 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 19, 2016.
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