Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Site


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. The Park focuses on Lincoln's life in Kentucky. The Birthplace Unit demonstrates Lincoln's humble beginnings with a symbolic birth cabin enshrined within a neo-classic Memorial Building. The Boyhood Home Unit at Knob Creek Farm was home to Lincoln during his formative years. Events in Kentucky helped mold a young boy into the man who became the nation's sixteenth President.Lincoln was the first president to give national status to Thanksgiving Day. His last proclamation, October 20, 1864, appointed and set "apart the last Thursday of November to be observed by alll as a day of thanksgiving and praise to Almighty God, the beneficent Creator and Ruler of the universe."



Seasonality / Weather

Summers are hot and humid with temperatures ranging from night time lows 60's to mid 70's; day time highs from upper 80's to mid 90's. Winters are cold with night time lows ranging from low 20's to low 30's; day time highs from mid 20's to upper 30's. Extreme highs can reach 100 degree Fahrenheit; extreme lows can drop to zero degree F., these temperatures are rare. Spring and fall seasons are beautiful in Kentucky with mild temperatures.



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.


Commercial air service available at Louisville International Airport 55 miles north of the park.

Public Transport: 

Taxis or rental vehicles are available.