On this spot stood the first home in Indiana of James Gentry who settled here in 1818. In this two story log house with a breezeway he reared his family of eight children. Here in the spring of 1830 the Lincoln family spent its last night in this . . . — — Map (db m177235) HM
Gentry (1778-1840) settled northwest of here in 1818. A farmer and merchant, Gentry employed Abraham Lincoln to help transport merchandise by flatboat to New Orleans in December, 1828. Lincoln family spent its last night at Gentry's home before . . . — — Map (db m177236) HM
A general store was a necessary part of a young community, allowing the farmer's raw materials to be exchanged for finished products.
Gentry and Lincoln
Gentry hired Abraham Lincoln to clerk at this store. . . . — — Map (db m177234) HM
During this period in Indiana history, even a merchant would have had a barn for livestock and grain
Along with his home and store, Colonel Jones maintained a barn. The barn stored grain and stabled livestock. Hay was kept in the loft. . . . — — Map (db m185590) HM