Near Springfield in Washington County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
The Lincoln Cabin
In the spring of 1786, Abraham and Bersheba Lincoln were living on a farm overlooking Long Run in Jefferson County. Abraham and his sons, Mordecai, Thomas and Josiah, were planting corn when they were attacked by Indians. Mordecai killed one of the attackers but not before Abraham was mortally wounded. Bersheba moved her sons and daughters, Mary and Nancy, to a house on this site shortly alter Abraham’s death.
Thomas Lincoln, father of the President, lived in the house until he was twenty-five years old. A cabinet maker, Thomas made the corner cupboard now displayed in the Lincoln Cabin.
The Washington County Historical Society purchased the site of Bersheba Lincoln’s cabin in 1933. After careful research, the Lincoln Cabin was built on the site of the original house.
Kentucky Lincoln Heritage Trail
1809 Abraham Lincoln born at Sinking Spring farm, in present-day Larue County,
1816 Lincoln family moved 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 Abraham’s only term in Congress.
1860 Abraham Lincoln elected President of the United States in November.
1865 Abraham Lincoln assassinated at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C.
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Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Buildings. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #16 Abraham Lincoln series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1786.
Location. 37° 45.651′ N, 85° 12.894′ W. Marker is near Springfield, Kentucky, in Washington County. Marker can Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5079 Lincoln Park Road, Springfield KY 40069, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Berry 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 (a few steps from this marker); The Marriage of Nancy & Thomas Lincoln (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Lincoln Cabin (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). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Springfield.
More about this marker. On the lower right: This illustration, titled “The killing of Abraham Lincoln, the Pioneer, 1786,” appeared in The Century Illustrated Monthly Magazine in November 1886. Drawn by Henry Farny and engraved by J. H. E. Whitney, the illustration is rendered in the dramatic style popular at the time.
Also see . . . Kentucky Lincoln Heritage Trail. (Submitted on August 21, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.)
Credits. This page was last revised on November 5, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 21, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 643 times since then and 90 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on August 21, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. 4. submitted on October 29, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.