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

An Enduring Symbol

Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park

 
 
An Enduring Symbol Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 6, 2012
1. An Enduring Symbol Marker
Inscription.  John Russell Pope's neoclassical architecture reflects the nation's adulation of Abraham Lincoln and its budding interest in historic preservation after the Civil War. The Lincoln Farm Association constructed this Memorial Building between 1907-1911 to preserve what was thought to be Lincoln's birth cabin as a "national shrine" perpetuating his life as an "abiding symbol of opportunity with which democracy endows men."

The association's dream came true in 1916 when the site was designated the Abraham Lincoln National Park. About 40 years later, further research revealed that the cabin was not the original Lincoln cabin. However, it remains an icon of Lincoln's humble beginnings.

(photo captions)
• Cornerstone for the Memorial Building was laid in 1909.
• President Theodore Roosevelt arriving to dedicate the construction of the Memorial Building on Abraham Lincoln’s 100th birthday, February 12, 1909.
• Abraham Lincoln was born on February 12, 1809, at Sinking Spring Farm in a log cabin located where the enshrined log cabin now stands.
 
Erected by National Park Service, U.S.
Marker detail: Lincoln Farm Association Certificate image. Click for full size.
2. Marker detail: Lincoln Farm Association Certificate
A certificate was given to every person who donated at least twenty-five cents to the Memorial Building Fund.
Department of the Interior.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureParks & Recreational AreasPatriots & PatriotismWar, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #16 Abraham Lincoln, the Former U.S. Presidents: #26 Theodore Roosevelt, and the Former U.S. Presidents: #27 William Howard Taft series lists.
 
Location. 37° 31.87′ N, 85° 44.245′ W. Marker is in Hodgenville, Kentucky, in Larue County. Marker can be reached from Park Main Entrance west of Lincoln Farm Road (U.S. 31E). Marker is located along the walkway on the east side of the Lincoln Birthplace Memorial Building at Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Hodgenville KY 42748, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. An Idyllic Frontier Scene (here, next to this marker); The Sinking Spring (within shouting distance of this marker); The Memorial Building (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Sinking Spring (within shouting distance of this marker); The Boundary Oak (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Nancy Lincoln Inn
Marker detail: President William Howard Taft image. Click for full size.
3. Marker detail: President William Howard Taft
President William Howard Taft, a member of the Lincoln Farm Association, dedicates the Memorial Building November 9, 1911.
(about 400 feet away); Abraham Lincoln Birthplace (about 500 feet away); Larue County / County Officials --- 1843 (approx. 2.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hodgenville.
 
Also see . . .  The First Lincoln Memorial. 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. The country's first memorial to Lincoln, built with donations from young and old, enshrines the symbolic birthplace cabin. (Submitted on August 19, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Marker detail: Commemorative Ribbon image. Click for full size.
4. Marker detail: Commemorative Ribbon
Commemorative ribbons were made for Abraham Lincoln's Centennial. They represented county, state, and national levels. The ribbon shown here represents the national level.
An Enduring Symbol Marker image. Click for full size.
June 6, 2012
5. An Enduring Symbol Marker
(rightmost of two adjacent markers at this location)
Lincoln Birthplace Memorial Building image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 6, 2012
6. Lincoln Birthplace Memorial Building
(inscription above entrance)
Here
over the log cabin where Abraham Lincoln was born
destined to preserve the Union and to free the slave
a grateful people have dedicated this memorial
to Unity Peace and Brotherhood among these States
With malice toward none • With charity for all
Symbolic birthplace cabin inside Lincoln Birthplace Memorial Building image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 6, 2012
7. Symbolic birthplace cabin inside Lincoln Birthplace Memorial Building
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 19, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 17, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 53 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 18, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.   6. submitted on August 19, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.   7. submitted on August 18, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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