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Near Hodgenville in Larue County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

Living Off the Land

 

—Lincoln Family at Knob Creek —

 
Living Off the Land Marker image. Click for full size.
By Courtesy:: Ginger L. Drenning, September 5, 2012
1. Living Off the Land Marker
Inscription. The Lincolns moved to Knob Creek after a title dispute forced them to leave Sinking Spring Farm. Here Thomas Lincoln rented 30 acres of fertile fields, hardly enough land to sustain a family in those times. Thomas and Nancy Lincoln grew corn and pumpkins, raised vegetables that could be eaten fresh in summer and dried to last through the winter, and grew herbs for medicines and dyes.

The crops you see here are similar to the ones they planted and are still grown by farmers in this valley today. Farming on the frontier was unpredictable. A hard rain could flood fields that took backbreaking work to plow. A drought could kill an entire harvest. Young Abraham Lincoln helped his parents with farm chores. The daily struggle for survival at Knob Creek shaped the character of the boy who grew up to be president.
 
Erected by National Park Service Dept. of the Interior.
 
Location. 37° 36.699′ N, 85° 38.319′ W. Marker is near Hodgenville, Kentucky, in Larue County. Marker can be reached from Bardstown Road (U.S. 31E) north of White City Road (Kentucky Route 470), on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Located behind buildings at the 'Knob Creek Farm' which the Lincoln Family lived. Marker is in this post office area: Hodgenville KY 42748, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Living Off the Land Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, November 26, 2011
2. Living Off the Land Marker
View to west toward Knob Creek farmland
At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lincoln Knob Creek Farm (within shouting distance of this marker); The Lincoln Tavern (within shouting distance of this marker); Abraham Lincoln's memory of Knob Creek Farm (within shouting distance of this marker); Slavery in the Valley (within shouting distance of this marker); The Lincolns at Knob Creek (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Lincoln Knob Creek Farm (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Courthouse Burned (approx. 6.1 miles away); Larue County / County Officials --- 1843 (approx. 6.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Hodgenville.
 
Also see . . .  National Park Service - Knob Creek::. (Submitted on October 4, 2012, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.)
 
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Replica Cabin image. Click for full size.
By Courtesy:: Ginger L. Drenning, September 5, 2012
3. Replica Cabin
Crops - - Living Off the Land Marker image. Click for full size.
By Courtesy:: Ginger L. Drenning, September 5, 2012
4. Crops - - Living Off the Land Marker
Herbs & Their Uses. image. Click for full size.
By Courtesy:: Ginger L. Drenning, September 5, 2012
5. Herbs & Their Uses.
Between Cabin and Crops image. Click for full size.
By Courtesy:: Ginger L. Drenning, September 5, 2012
6. Between Cabin and Crops
Marker for a Tree image. Click for full size.
By Courtesy:: Ginger L. Drenning, September 5, 2012
7. Marker for a Tree

(Text of sign):

Northern Catalpa “Soft, weak, and brittle with very good
decay resistance and stability.

Mainly used for fence posts, rails,
beams, and crating. Also good for
turned articles and carving due to soft-
ness and stability. Other uses include
millwork, framing, forms, furniture,
drawer sides, and general purpose
construction.”
A Northern Catalpa - - Note Un-usual Growth! image. Click for full size.
By Courtesy:: Ginger L. Drenning, September 5, 2012
8. A Northern Catalpa - - Note Un-usual Growth!
Other View - - Northern Catalpa Tree image. Click for full size.
By Courtesy:: Ginger L. Drenning, September 5, 2012
9. Other View - - Northern Catalpa Tree
Other View - - Replica Cabin image. Click for full size.
By Courtesy:: Ginger L. Drenning, September 5, 2012
10. Other View - - Replica Cabin
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. This page has been viewed 323 times since then. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.   2. submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.   3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. submitted on , by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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