Restorations Planned For Lincoln Boyhood Site

Oct 17, 2014

A groundbreaking ceremony is set for Saturday, Oct. 25th on renovation efforts at the Knob Creek boyhood home of Abraham Lincoln.
Credit National Park Service

A week from Saturday, the National Park Service will break ground on a restoration project at Knob Creek, the piece of parkland where Abraham Lincoln spent some of his boyhood days.

During a tour of the Lincoln Birthplace Memorial last month, park superintendent Bill Justice spoke about the serene nature of the Knob Creek site, which is about 10 miles from the Birthplace Memorial.

“It’s a great place to be,” said Justice.  “It’s a great place to step back in to time.  As you do that and as you walk away from the road and from some of the more developed areas and so forth, you’re walking back into early 19th century Kentucky.”

Justice calls the Knob Creek site a special place and says it’s worth the drive to see it.

“At first glance, there doesn’t seem to be a lot there. There’s a field and there’s woods up in the knobs.  But there’s an incredible plant and animal diversity there. Some of the most diverse plant and animal communities of any that you find amongst the parks here in Kentucky.”

The Lincolns moved from Kentucky to Indiana in 1816. 

The renovations at the Knob Creek site are meant to “protect and preserve” the area. The groundbreaking is open to the public and begins at 1:30 p.m. eastern time on October 25th. Shuttle service will be provided from LaRue County High school.