Tuesday, April 3, 2012

On to Knob Creek - the Childhood Home of President Abraham Lincoln

After leaving Lincoln's birth site, we headed on to the Knob Creek Farm, located on the Cumberland Road. This is a site that Abraham Lincoln's family moved to while involved in a land dispute over the Sinking Spring Farm. The Knob Creek Farm was rented, in hopes that the Lincolns would soon regain Sinking Spring, but this never happened.

My daughters were thrilled to visit this farm, as it was once home to their favorite president. And, my husband liked its connection to the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. Did you know that just north of the Lincoln Cabin on Knob Creek was a distillery? Thomas Lincoln worked intermittently at this distillery, when not busy tending his farm. This distillery was owned by Waddie Boone, a relative of Daniel Boone. Thomas probably did carpentry work and may have even made barrels for the Boones. Young Abraham would often come to the distillery with meals for his father. And, on occasion, Abraham even found odd jobs to help with around the distillery. To honor this history, the Jim Beam Distillery created the Knob Creek Bourbon.

In 1814, the Lincoln Family moved to the Knob Creek Farm. This was a small 30 acre farm a few miles north of Sinking Spring Farm. It was here that Abraham learned to read. And, he was often found telling stories to his young friends, while taking breaks from his chores on the farm.

While at this farm, young Abraham once fell into Knob Creek. He later recounted this in his writings. Fortunately, his friend, Austin Gollaher, heard Abraham's cries and rescued him. The Gollaher family were neighbors to the Lincoln family. And, in modern times the Gollaher cabin was moved to the Knob Creek farm where it remains preserved today.

The Lincoln Family left the Knob Creek Farm in 1816. This was the year that a local court ruled against Thomas Lincoln in the land dispute over the Sinking Spring Farm. They moved to Perry County, Indiana.

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