Lincoln Boyhood Home at Knob Creek
earliest recollection is of the Knob Creek place,” wrote Abraham Lincoln in
1860. The Lincoln family leased thirty acres of the
228-acre Knob Creek farm from 1811 to 1816.
Young Abraham Lincoln resided there from the time he was two and a half
until he was nearly eight years old.
near the city of Hodgenville, the Knob Creek
farm lay on the main road from Louisville to Nashville. Lincoln and his sister Sarah attended two “A,
B, C” schools while living at Knob Creek.
Decades later, Lincoln remembered the
names of his Kentucky
teachers, Zachariah Riney and Caleb Hazel.
Lincoln’s mother, Nancy, gave birth to a
son while living at the farm. The boy
was named Thomas after Lincoln’s
father, but he died in infancy and was buried at the site.
himself had a notable brush with death while living at Knob Creek. Unable to swim, young Abraham accidentally
fell into the creek only to be rescued by his friend Austin Gollaher.
The Lincolns were forced off the farm in 1816 as a result of
“difficulty in land titles,” which was a common occurrence in early Kentucky. The family eventually moved to Spencer
County, Indiana, briefly living in a three-sided structure until a cabin could
the Lincoln Boyhood Home at Knob Creek was purchased as a result of local,
state, and private efforts. It was then
donated to the National Park Service, and the site is now operated as part of
the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Site.
Cabin of Lincoln’s boyhood friend
Austin Gollaher located at the Lincoln Boyhood Home
at Knob Creek