Hodgenville: The First Lincoln Memorial

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This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is lincnatlbirthplace.jpgMore than a decade before the magnificent temple dedicated to the memory of the 16th President was built in Washington, DC…

The Birth Place…ish

… a fine new-classical Greek temple was designed, built and dedicated to house the birthplace and legacy of Abraham Lincoln. It was located in remote little Hodgenville, Kentucky, just a few miles from where Tom and Nancy Lincoln gave birth to their son in 1809.This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is preslincoln.jpg

In 1809, the area was part of Hardin County (now Larue County), and always how Lincoln himself referred to the place of his birth. Hodgenville, a little town in the middle of not-very-much, was selected for the singular honor, since it lies between Lincoln’s actual birthplace on some 300 acres purchased by Thomas Lincoln for $200 in Sinking Spring, and the Knob Creek Farm where AL lived between the ages of 2 and 7. He had no personal memory of the…

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