Living Off the Land

Living Off the Land (HM14RF)

Location: Hodgenville, KY 42748 Larue County
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 36.699', W 85° 38.319'

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— Lincoln Family at Knob Creek —

The Lincolns moved to Knob Creek after a title dispute forced them to leave Sinking Spring Farm. Here Thomas Lincoln rented 30 acres of fertile fields, hardly enough land to sustain a family in those times. Thomas and Nancy Lincoln grew corn and pumpkins, raised vegetables that could be eaten fresh in summer and dried to last through the winter, and grew herbs for medicines and dyes.

The crops you see here are similar to the ones they planted and are still grown by farmers in this valley today. Farming on the frontier was unpredictable. A hard rain could flood fields that took backbreaking work to plow. A drought could kill an entire harvest. Young Abraham Lincoln helped his parents with farm chores. The daily struggle for survival at Knob Creek shaped the character of the boy who grew up to be president.
HM NumberHM14RF
Placed ByNational Park Service Dept. of the Interior
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, October 3rd, 2014 at 5:10am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 620153 N 4163599
Decimal Degrees37.61165000, -85.63865000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 36.699', W 85° 38.319'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 36' 41.94" N, 85° 38' 19.14" W
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Area Code(s)270
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 7120 Bardstown Rd, Hodgenville KY 42748, US
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