Near Hodgenville in Larue County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
The Lincolns at Knob Creek
In 1811, Thomas and Nancy Lincoln moved here, to Knob Creek, with their two children, Sarah and Abraham. They leased thirty acres of bottomland along the Old Cumberland Trail, and it was here that their third child, Thomas, was born and died in infancy.
Abraham and his sister attended the local school, located two miles northeast of here. Two teachers, Zachariah Riney and Caleb Hazel, gave young Abraham his first formal schooling. Lincolnís classroom education, however, would not last. The demands of the frontier required him to work the family farm, but he continued his education. He borrowed books and read them in front of the fireplace or under a shade tree.
In 1815, the Lincolns and nine of their neighbors were involved in a land title dispute for the entire Knob Creek valley. The next autumn, Thomas Lincoln lost a court case to regain the Sinking Spring farm where the Lincoln Birthplace Memorial is now located. He then moved the family to present-day Spencer County, Indiana.
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The place on Knob Creek, mentioned by Mr. Read, I remember very well; but I was not born there. As my parents have told me, I was
—Letter from Abraham Lincoln to the Hon. Samuel Haycraft, June 4, 1860
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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 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.
Erected by National Park Service Dept. of the Interior.
Location. 37° 36.689′ N, 85° 38.278′ W. Marker is near Hodgenville, Kentucky Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Hodgenville KY 42748, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. 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); a different marker also named Lincoln Knob Creek Farm (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 Lincoln Tavern (within shouting distance of this marker); Living Off the Land (within shouting distance of this marker); Courthouse Burned (approx. 6.2 miles away); Larue County / County Officials --- 1843 (approx. 6.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hodgenville.
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