Thursday, August 29, 2013

Abraham Lincoln Birthplace

Oh, wow! My last entry got pretty long, didn't it? Sorry about that! *blush*
This one will be shorter.
We left Cave City early this morning and drove through some Kentucky country backroads until we found the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Park near Hodgenville.
This is a smaller place, nothing like the last two national parks we were at.
We went through the visitor center, saw a movie about Lincoln's parents, how they came to live in the frontier of Kentucky, and young Abe's early childhood. (And, of course, played with Lincoln Logs!)
We watched a ranger demonstration about life in the frontier and how to survive living in a log cabin. (Not much different than living in an RV! Ha!)
Once again, our two youngest fellas did the Junior Ranger program and earned their badges.
At the site, the log cabin has actually been enshrined in a granite memorial building. Kinda weird if you ask me, but no one in 1909 did ask me. (That's the year President Theodore Roosevelt laid the building's cornerstone.)
A second "sister park" nearby in Knob Creek is the site of Lincoln's boyhood home. Since kids and parents were getting cranky by this point, we decided to forego visiting this place and instead pressed on to our next campground, where everyone is enjoying some rest and relaxation in the campground swimming pool as I type.
Edited to add:
Since our family has foreign relatives, it occurred to me that they might not know who Abraham Lincoln was. (Is information about him taught in other countries??? I have no idea!)
In a nutshell, Abraham Lincoln was our sixteenth president and was in office during the Civil War. He issued the Emancipation Proclamation which freed the slaves. He was born in a log cabin in the frontier, attended school on and off for a total of only two years, and rose to the highest office in our nation. He was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth while attending theater. He is on our penny and five dollar bill.
There. Now everyone knows.