Kentucky is the birthplace of Abraham Lincoln, and where some of the future president's most indelible memories were forged.

Throughout his life, Abraham Lincoln maintained strong ties with Kentucky, especially in his personal and professional relationships. The major issues that surrounded him during his lifetime, divided this country into a bloody Civil War, and shaped the nation during Reconstruction, are very much a part of the Kentucky story. Lincoln's wife, Mary Todd Lincoln, was also born and raised in the Bluegrass State and her home is open in Lexington.


We invite you to discover Abraham Lincoln’s life in Kentucky. Visit his birthplace to view the spot where he was born and see his Knob Creek boyhood home at the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park. And learn interesting stories from this great leader’s life at the Lincoln Museum and other historic sites along the Kentucky Lincoln Heritage Trail.

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