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Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Another Land of Lincoln

We spent our weekend visiting friends Jim and Helen in southern Indiana. This is our second visit since we met them at the Chicago Winnebago Rally last June. Since they have a spot to park our motorhome with full hookups, it makes for an easy stay. We had a great time catching up on what has gone on since our last visit and discussing future travel plans.

Since they have lived in the area all their lives, they have a great deal of local knowledge. So, like last time, we got to explore some sights that we had not heard of before.

We started at the Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial. Abraham Lincoln moved to the frontier of Indiana with his father, Thomas, mother Nancy Hanks Lincoln, and his elder Sarah at the age of 7. The many personal tragedies of Abe’s life started here with the death of his devoted mother just a short time after settling in the area. She died of the milk sickness, which is caused by cattle eating the toxic white snakeroot. The milk from these cows often proved deadly to those who drank the milk. Nancy was one of many who died that year-1818. The family carried on without her, with Sarah, age 12, taking on the household duties. After two years, Thomas Lincoln returned to Kentucky to find a wife and new mother for the family. He returned with the widow Sarah Bush Lincoln and her children to form a blended family. She proved to be a loving and supportive mother to Abe. He often spoke of her kindness and support in his quest for reading and learning.

Before the family would move on to Illinois in 1830, where Abe Lincoln would spend the next 30 years of his life, he suffered his next personal tragedy with the death of his sister Sarah during the birth of her first child, who also died.

The park has created a memorial building and a living farm on the site of the Lincoln farm just as it would have been during their time there. On the farm is the community cemetery where Nancy is buried along with other victims of the milk sickness outbreak. Near the living farm is the actual foundation of the original Lincoln cabin.

This is the place and people who formed the mind and spirit of Abraham Lincoln, which would propel him into history as the person who produced the emancipation proclamation and persisted during a long and bitter battle to preserve the Union.

Finally, we visited the town of Santa Claus, Indiana. Not surprising there is a lot of Christmas related shops and a nationally recognized amusement park-Holiday World.


Sue and Doug said...

okay now that is a first?..I never knew there was a town called Santa Claus, Indiana!..sounds like a little bit of Christmas Heaven!

Gail and Rick (Gypsy Turtles) said...

Interesting. Lincoln was a fascinating man. Thanks for sharing.

Rick and Paulette said...

Great blog! Thanks for the tour of Lincoln's boyhood home and some of the history. That's a place I'd really like to see some day. Lincoln was one of the greatest US Presidents, no doubt about it.

John and Ellen said...

Excellent post, I love the history. This is a location that I would like to visit. Thanks for the great tour!


E Squared and Mui said...

We stopped off to visit the Lincoln Boyhood Memorial in September 1991. We were moving from Utah to DC and it was a rather rushed visit. Thanks for taking us back there.

Judy and Emma said...

Abraham Lincoln and Santa Claus. What a combination! :)

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pidge said...

Where are you in Southern Indiana? Been to both places, but not for a while. Thanks for the tour. Brought back some memories

Paul and Marti Dahl said...

Another very interesting history post! Keep 'em coming, I enjoy them.

Was there any coal on sale in Santa Claus, IN? I figure in a town of that name with so many Christmas shops, you'd be able to find some cheap.

Janie and John said...

I didn't know about his boyhood home. Another spot to add to the list. Looks like a great place to visit.