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Reliving my visit in the Boyhood Land of Lincoln

Reliving my visit in the Boyhood Land of Lincoln

Posted: Friday, August 5, 2011 8:01 pm

Reliving my visit in the Boyhood Land of Lincoln | Donna Ryder, Just A Thought

It’s August. It’s hot. It must be time for the Obion County Fair.
Every year I say I’m going to work on things throughout the year, but it never seems to materialize. This year my entries will be slim as I spent last week in Texas at the national BeautiControl convention. I learned lots of things, was introduced to new products and lost three pounds in the process.
Saturday is entry day for most items at the fair. Any child age 5 and older who lives in Obion County or goes to school in Obion County can enter things in the fair. My boys have been busy with their crafts, photos, art work and sewing.
Be sure to pick up your fair identification tags at the fair office before going to stand in line to enter your items.
My last column was about my family’s trip to southern Indiana and Louisville, Ky., but we did so much I didn’t have copy space to explain about each of the things we did. I had a request to explain a little more, so here goes.
Fans of Abraham Lin-coln, like my oldest son, can find out more about his life in Indiana at the Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial and Living Historical in Lincoln City.
The visitor’s center features two memorial halls, a museum and an orientation. We watched the 15-minute-long film before beginning our tour. On the tour, I lost myself looking at the images which had been etched, sketched and photographed of Abraham Lincoln, taking special note that between 1861 and 1865, Lincoln looked to have aged 10-fold. In 1861, he looked to be a vibrant young man, but in 1865, he had a beard, his cheek bones were very prominent and he looked very tired.
The exterior of the memorial visitors center features sculpted panels. Inside the small museum, the Abraham Lincoln and Nancy Hanks Lincoln memorial halls focus on the story of the Lincolns as pioneers on the Indiana frontier. Nancy Lincoln was his mother.
Lincoln spent 14 years of his life in Indiana. His mother, who died of milk sickness after drinking milk from a cow which had ingested a poisonous weed, is buried there. Although the exact location of her burial site is not known, the Lincoln Boyhood Trail leads to the gravesite in her memory.
Just 400 yards away stands the cabin site where the Lincoln family lived and the Lincoln Living Historical Farm. You can walk to the farm and see the Trail of Twelve Stones, which features notable places in Lincoln’s life, or you can take the short drive over to the farm.
This time all the hens and roosters were behind a fence, so my youngest son did not have a repeat encounter with a rooster as he had on our first trip several years ago. On that occasion, the rooster did not like the fact that he was chasing the hens and it jumped at him claws first.
The living farm is an actual working pioneer homestead with a log cabin, outbuildings, split rail fences, livestock, gardens and field crops. Rangers dressed in period clothing perform a variety of activities from the 1820s. The farm is open every day from mid-April through September.
Admission to the park is $3 per person ages 17 and older, with a maximum of $5 per family. The entrance fee is good for repeat visits up to seven days from purchase.
They also conduct tours for schools and organized groups. Reservations should be made.
Associate Editor Donna Ryder can be contacted by e-mail at

Published in The Messenger 8.5.11


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