Description - In the fall of 1808, Thomas and Nancy Lincoln settled on the 348 acre Sinking Spring Farm. Two months later on February 12, 1809, Abraham Lincoln was born in a one-room log cabin near the Sinking Spring. Here the Lincolns lived and farmed before moving to land a few miles away at Knob Creek. The area was established by Congress on July 17, 1916. An early 19th century Kentucky cabin, symbolic of the one in which Lincoln was born, is preserved in a memorial building at the site of his birth.
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Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Site
- The main attraction at the Sinking Spring site is an early 19th-century Kentucky cabin, symbolic of the one in which Lincoln was born, is preserved in a memorial building at the site of his birth.
Recreation - New York businessman A.W. Dennett purchased the Lincoln farm in 1894 and had this cabin moved to a site near the Sinking Spring. But shortly thereafter it was again dismantled and re-erected for exhibition in many cities. A neo-classical Memorial Building was designed by John Russell Pope for the birthplace site. In 1909 the cornerstone was laid by President Theodore Roosevelt and the building was dedicated in 1911 by William Howard Taft. Almost a hundred years after Thomas Lincoln moved from Sinking Spring Farm, the log cabin (at that time accepted as his birthplace cabin) was placed inside the Memorial Building. Although its early history is obscure, extensive research suggests that the cabin is probably not the birthplace cabin of Abraham Lincoln.
Climate - This state experiences a temperate climate with nearly 50 inches of rainfall annually. Thirteen inches of snow is an annual average in Kentucky. There are four distinct seasons here with summer temperatures reaching 90 degrees F frequently in July and August. Low summer temperatures dip near 70 degrees F at night. Winter high temperatures often reach 45 degrees with lows dipping below freezing. Spring and fall are particularly pleasant seasons in which to visit Kentucky. Fall months are the driest. The humidity levels in the state average near 54 degrees throughout the year. The humidity during the winter months averages somewhat higher.
Traveling North on Interstate 65, exit at Sonora (Exit 81) and proceed east on KY 84 to KY 61. Turn right on Ky 61, three miles to park. Traveling south on Interstate 65, exit at Elizabethtown (Exit 91) and follow KY 61 (Lincoln Parkway), 13 miles south to the park.