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Visit this park when you canPosted Monday, June 22, 2009, at 12:46 PM
Considered one of the greatest Presidents our nation has ever witnessed, Abraham Lincoln spent his formative years growing up in Indiana.
Although he lived in the state for a few years and later lived in Illinois for 30 years, he grew up in Indiana.
And people in the area can visit his boyhood home south of here at the Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial.
Located just five miles from Holiday World in Lincoln City, the memorial spans several acres. It includes a visitor center, a cabin site memorial, a living historical farm, a crop area, a nature trail and the Pioneer Cemetery where Lincoln's mother is buried.
Cost is $3 per person or $5 for families.
The re-created Historical Farm occupies four of the approximate 160 acres Thomas Lincoln -- Abraham's father -- purchase when he moved the family to Indiana from Kentucky.
Cabins and other buildings were moved to the area from other spots. They were reassembled and placed on the site.
Park rangers dress in period clothing at the farm and demonstrate what life was like for settlers.
The farm area is open from mid-April to September.
The crop area displays where the Lincoln family planted crops for food, fabric and various other items.
Nancy Hanks Lincoln, Abraham's mother, is buried in Pioneer Cemetery.
She died of "Milk Sickness" in 1818. Although her exact burial location is unknown, a memorial gravemarker is visible while on a trail that goes by the cemetery.
Lincoln's motherdied only two years after the Lincoln family moved to the area. She had been tending to others who had been stricken with the disease. Milk Sickness could ravage people if they drank milk from cows that had eaten White Snakeroot.
Only one year after Nancy Hanks Lincoln died, Thomas Lincoln ventured back to Kentucky to find a wife. While there, he met Sarah Bush, a woman he had previously known and was a recent widower herself. They married and Sarah Bush Lincoln and Thomas Lincoln traveled back to the Indiana farm.
The Cabin Site Memorial is a bronze casting of sill logs and fireplace hearthstones reminiscent to a cabin the Lincoln family started building while living in the area.
While there, visitors may also watch a 15-minute movie which provides details into Lincoln' boyhood.
There's also something for the little ones as well.
The park offers the Junior Ranger Program for children under 12-years-old.
While at the park, children receive a packet. Inside the packet are questions involving the entire park. When the children answer all the questions in the packet, they receive badges to become Junior Rangers.
While visiting the park, people can also stick around for "Lincoln," a theatrical experience regarding Lincoln's stay in Indiana.
Those visiting for the theater experience -- which takes place in an amphitheater on the site. Those attending the project will be treated to an Amish family-style meal and will be able to take part in children-style pioneer games, while checking out demonstrations and the Lincoln exhibit, which is located just right up the road from the amphitheater.
The exhibit is a monument in honor of Lincoln's youth and stay in Indiana. It was unveiled June 12.
The park is open year-round except Thanksgiving, Dec. 25 and Jan. 1. There are picnic tables at the farm area parking lot. Picnic, camping and recreation facilities are accessible nearby the park.