Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial

Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial is a United States National Park in Southwestern Indiana.


This memorial preserves the site of the farm where Abraham Lincoln spent 14 years of his childhood.


Abraham Lincoln's family moved to Indiana in 1816 and stayed in the state until moving to Illinois in 1830. Lincoln lived in this memorial's area from age 7-21. These years molded his body and mind into an intellectual of a man. The experiences that he had here shaped his life, all the way until his assassination in 1865.

The park consists of a visitors center, Lincoln's mothers gravesite, and the Lincoln Living Historical Farm.


The park is in a very well forested area. Plenty of hiking trails offer accessibility to the forest. All of the buildings and landmarks were made to meld into the environment, to mix harmoniously with their surroundings, not to disturb them.

Flora and fauna

The area has been restored since the inception of the park in the 1920s, which declined in the late 1800s with the railway extensions and peoples taming of their environments.

Flora in the park includes - Japanese dogwoods, tulip poplar trees, maples, sweet gums, oaks, hickories, Japanese honeysuckle, and Japanese knotweed. Fauna in the park includes - Scarlet tanigers, bluebirds, blue-tailed skinks, gray squirrels, chipmunks, red foxes, coyotes, snakes, owls, whitetail deer, raccoons, oppossums, shrews, deer mouse, white-footed mouse, house mouse, bats, eastern box turtle, and countless birds.


Located in Southern Indiana, near Evansville, the area experiences all four distinct seasons. Moderate winters, and hot and steamy summers, with nice spring and fall.

Get in

By car

I-64 heads east-west just north of Lincoln, City. US-231 heads north-south through Lincoln City.

By plane


$3 entry. $10 for annual pass.

Get around

Most of the area is accessible by walking from the main center.




The visitor center features a bookstore and gift shop.


Lincoln City, Santa Claus, and Dale all feature various restaurants, but not dining areas are in the park itself.


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There are plenty of chains to suit your stay in the area, below is a list of more unique and interesting lodging options.


Stay safe

Stay on designated trails. There is a nearby railroad that runs just near the trails of the living history museum, so watch out.

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