Harrodsburg in Mercer County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
The Lincoln Marriage Cabin
This story was lost to the annals of history until 1878, when the Washington County clerk discovered the marriage bond of Thomas and Nancy Hanks Lincoln. However, it was not until the spring of 1911 that attention was given to the marriage cabin. Harrodsburg resident N.L. Curry visited the Beechland property in Washington County and stumbled across a dilapidated cabin owned by W.A. Clements. After learning of the history of this cabin, Clements granted permission for Curry to present the cabin as a gift to the Harrodsburg Historical Society, in May 1911. The logs were soon transported to Harrodsburg at a cost of seventeen dollars. In May 1913, the cabin was reerected on the historical society’s Old Fort Hill property at a cost of $261.
The enshrined cabin before you is thought to be the cabin in which the Lincolns were married.
The Reverend Jesse Head was born circa 1768, in Frederick County, Maryland, migrating to Kentucky in the mid-1790s. He lived in and around Springfield, Kentucky, during the late 1790s and early 1800s,
Kentucky Lincoln Heritage Trail
1809 Abraham Lincoln born at Sinking Spring farm, in present-day Larue County, Kentucky.
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.
A project of the Kentucky Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission produced by the Kentucky Heritage Council in partnership with the Kentucky Historical Society and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet
Erected by Kentucky Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission.
Location. 37° 45.719′ N, 84° 50.752′ W. Marker is in Harrodsburg, Kentucky, in Mercer County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of South College Street (U.S. 127) and West Lexington Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Located in Old Fort Harrod State Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 South College Street, Harrodsburg KY 40330, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Lincoln Move to the Frontier (a few steps from this marker); Lincoln Marriage Temple (a few steps from this marker); Fort Harrod (within shouting distance of this marker); Osage Orange Tree (within shouting distance of this marker); James Harrod (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Original Fort Harrod Site Pioneer Graveyard (about 500 feet away); Harrodsburg Springs (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Harrodsburg.
More about this marker. In the center is a photograph with the caption, “The Lincoln Marriage Temple was erected using money donated by Mrs. Edmund B. Ball of Muncie, Indiana. The Honorable William Nuckles Doak, United Sates Secretary of Labor under President Herbert Hoover, gave the keynote address at the official dedication ceremony on June 12, 1931. Courtesy of the Kentucky Historical Society
In the center is a photograph with the caption, “The image to right shows what is believed to be the Lincoln marriage cabin prior to its enshrinement in the Lincoln Marriage Temple in 1931.” Courtesy of the Kentucky Historical Society
On the lower center is a photograph of “Thomas and Nancy Lincoln’s Marriage Certificate from Washington County, Kentucky.” Courtesy of the Washington County Clerk’s Office
On the lower right is a sketch of “Reverend Jesse Head” Courtesy of the Kentucky Historical Society
On the lower right is a photograph with the caption,
Also see . . .
1. Old Fort Harrod State Park. Kentucky State Parks (Submitted on August 21, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
2. Kentucky Lincoln Heritage Trail. (Submitted on August 21, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 21, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 911 times since then and 64 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on August 21, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on August 26, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. 10. submitted on October 29, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. 11. submitted on August 26, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.