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Restoration of Lincoln’s boyhood home

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By The Staff

Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Site is pleased to announce that during the week of October 20, 2008, restoration work will begin on the replica cabin located at the Knob Creek Unit.   The Lincoln Boyhood Home at Knob Creek is located 11 miles northeast of the Birthplace Unit on U.S. Highway 31E.  The Lincoln family moved to the Knob Creek farm from the Sinking Spring farm (Birthplace Unit) and lived there for about 5 years from 1811 to 1816.  Logs for the construction of this cabin were originally obtained from the Austin Gollaher farm and are a tangible link to the Lincoln family.  Austin Gollaher was a childhood friend of Abraham Lincoln.  The Knob Creek farm was privately owned by the Howard family for several generations before it was transferred to the National Park Service. 

The Historic Preservation Training Center from Frederick, Maryland will perform restoration work on the Knob Creek Cabin.  Founded in 1977, the Historic Preservation Training Center provides skilled craftspeople to preserve historic structures within the National Park System.  Prior to the award of this contract, the Center provided a Historic Structure Assessment Report detailing the required restoration work.  Park staff will be on site to answer visitor questions during the restoration period.     

This project is funded by a generous grant from the Kentucky Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, the efforts of the Kentucky Historical Society and LaRue County.  It is through these efforts visitors come to appreciate the influence and better understand the effect Lincoln’s Kentucky years had on his later policies and politics.