An hour's drive from Mammoth Cave took me to Hodgenville, the birthplace of Abraham Lincoln. He was only here for less than 3 years because of a land dispute. His father, Thomas, had to move the family about 10 miles away to Knob's Hill where he farmed the land for about 5 years. Then, he had to move the family again, and went to southwestern Indiana, so I think that is really Lincoln's boyhood home.
There is a building like you'd see in Washington, D.C. up on a hill with 56 steps (the age of Lincoln when he was assassinated) and it houses a representation of Lincoln's log home. It isn't the actual home, nor is it a replica, just a symbol! there is a placard talking about a big tree called the Boundary Tree that was about 28 years old when Lincoln lived here, but died in 1979. We can see a depression in the ground where it used to stand. The spring where the family got their water is still there but protected with limestone block walls and stairs to it.
After his death, a neighbor built the Nancy Lincoln Inn and little log cabins for tourists to stay in while visiting his birthplace. They are now on the National Register of Historic Places.
10 miles away is another unit of the National Historic Site of Abraham Lincoln Birthplace and it is where he moved to and helped his father farm the land. Here, I saw a tavern that the sister of the man who built the Nancy Lincoln Inn had built. There is also a rendition of the log home Lincoln lived in but this was made of the logs that a good neighbor's family lived in. The boyhood friend and neighbor saved Lincoln from drowning by sticking out a tree branch for Lincoln to hold on to while he pulled him in to land. How about that? Now, I learned something. (I also learned that the Lincoln family wasn't poor, but upper middle class before Thomas decided to buy a farm and try to live off the land!)
Between the two places is the village of Hodgenville. The center of this village is a circle with a statue of Linclon as a boy and as an adult in a chair in it at opposite ends. In the other two quadrants are cement plaques on the ground with his Gettysburg Address on one and parts of his acceptance speech in 1865 on the other. Nicely done.