Myth: Abraham Lincoln's childhood log cabin is on display in Hodgenville, Kentucky.
Fact: There is a log cabin on display in Hodgenville, Kentucky which is
officially registered as the "Abraham Lincoln Birthplace Historical Site" but it is not the original Lincoln
home. This was confirmed by Lincoln's son Robert as well as a member of a family that later lived in the
cabin. According to that family member, the Lincoln cabin was destroyed by fire before 1840 and the logs that
remained were used as firewood.
So where did the log cabin in Hodgenville, Kentucky come from? It was actually made from
salvaged parts of another log cabin in the area, then disassembled, moved and reassembled so many times that even
if it were the original logs, it may not look anything like the original cabin.
INTERESTING BOOKS ABOUT
The Wit and Wisdom of Abraham Lincoln: A Book of Quotations (Thrift
Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham
With Malice Toward None: A Life of Abraham