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Lincoln Heritage House


     
 
The Lincoln Heritage House was restored to perpetuate the memory of a man, humble in origin and deed who probably gave not a single thought to history or to the consequences of the events of the age in which he lived, but who, nevertheless, will go down in the annals of this country as the father of a giant of a man who changed the course of history in the United States for all time to come. Thomas Lincoln was an ordinary man and though he was much maligned by historians and biographers of his renowned son, President Abraham Lincoln, he was a respected, esteemed, substantial citizen of Hardin County.

Thomas Lincoln was a skilled cabinet-maker and farmer and was a resident of Hardin County for more than ten years. He owned a 200-acre farm on Mill Creek and a log house in Elizabethtown where Sarah, the first child of Thomas and Nancy Hanks Lincoln, was born in 1807.
The two log houses which comprise the Lincoln Heritage House were the home of pioneer Hardin Thomas and his family. The first was built in 1789 and the second and larger one was erected about 1805 with the help of a family friend, Thomas Lincoln, who also built the identical stairways, the mantel pieces and other woodwork.

The Lincoln Heritage House marks an important Lincoln historical site. It was restored by the Hardin County Historical Society and opened June 24, 1973. It was destroyed by fire in 2009 and rebuilt in the Spring of 2011.  It is still undergoing extensive interior renovation and has not yet reopened to the public.
 
Site Information
Located at Freeman Lake Park
Built between 1789-1805

Open June 1st to October 1st
Tuesday through Sunday
10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Phone: 800-437-0092