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Lincoln's Boyhood in Indiana

Abraham Lincoln moved to Southern Indiana as a child and lived here until age 21.
At the Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial in Lincoln City, a National Park, a working farm depicts a typical Indiana farm of the era. In addition, a trail of 12 stones leads visitors from the Cabin Site Memorial to the burial site of Nancy Hanks Lincoln, his mother. Each stone comes from a structure that was a part of Lincoln's life, such as the store where he worked as a teenager and the cottage in Washington, D.C., where he wrote the Emancipation Proclamation. Learn more about this beloved president at the Visitor Center and in the film "Forging Greatness-Lincoln in Indiana." At Lincoln State Park (812-937-4710), also in Lincoln City, the story of Lincoln's younger years are told in an energetic musical outdoor drama, "Young Abe Lincoln" (800-264-4ABE.).

A Lincoln connection.
Lincoln may have lived in Southern Indiana, but one of his greatest supporters hailed from the western part of the State. Henry S. Lane, founder of the Indiana Republican Party, was instrumental in getting Lincoln nominated for the presidency. The Lane Place Antebellum Mansion in Crawfordsville (765-362-3416), Lane's renovated home, features dozens of items of historical interest, including a painting of Lane by another man who lived in Crawfordsville, Lew Wallace, the author of "Ben Hur."

The Lincoln State Park / Boyhood Lincoln National Memorial is located on Indiana Highway 162. From Interstate 64, exit at US 231, (exit 57) and travel south through Dale, continue on U.S. 231 to Gentryville, then east on Indiana Highway 162 for two miles.

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