The Indiana Office of Tourism Development (IOTD) in conjunction with the tourism offices in Kentucky and Illinois, are honoring the birthday of President Abraham Lincoln on February 12, by re-launching a new and improved tri-state tourism trail. The Lincoln Heritage Trail highlights places of significance to the Lincoln story in Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky.
"What is now Lincoln City, Indiana, was the boyhood home of Abraham Lincoln where he spent his formative years from the age of seven to 21,” said Mark Newman, IOTD’s executive director. “The Lincoln Heritage Trail charts Lincoln's life from birth to youth to adulthood chronicling his time and influences in Kentucky, Indiana and Illinois before becoming our 16th president."
Indiana sites now included on the trail:
Visit the cabin site memorial featuring a bronze casting of logs and fireplace which symbolizes a cabin the Lincolns began building.
Visit the Memorial Visitor Center, which features five sculptured panels, marking significant periods in Lincoln’s life.
Walk in Lincoln’s footsteps on the Trail of Twelve Stones, which begins at the Lincoln Living Historical Farm and ends near Pioneer Cemetery where Lincoln’s mother is buried.
Walk 10 miles of hiking trails, view two scenic lakes and visit an interpretive center to help you experience early life of settlers in southern Indiana.
Take a guided tour of this restored 1834 Federal-design home of the merchant employer of Lincoln.
The Indiana State Museum features several artifacts from Abraham Lincoln’s early years in Indiana. Lincoln’s father, Tom, was a master carpenter and Abraham spent much of his youth working with the lumber using simple hand tools. Abe had a maul used to drive iron wedges into logs to create split rails for fencing. When the maul head broke, he repurposed it into a mallet he used to drive pegs into furniture and other fixtures. In addition to the mallet, the museum features two cabinets crafted by Lincoln’s father, Tom, along with a ledger from the store in Kentucky where he purchased supplies. The frontier cabin has displays with the biographical story of the Lincoln family in Indiana.
The Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection at the Indiana State Museum features several artifacts including: President Lincoln at Home lithographic print by Currier & Ives, 1865; The Martyr Victorious lithograph by John Sartain, 1866; Council of War plaster sculpture by John Rogers circa 1868; and Liberty color lithograph by E.C. Bridgman, circa 1870, which are currently on exhibit in the museum’s core galleries.
For more information on the Lincoln Heritage Trail go to www.lincolnadventures.com. On the website, visitors will find more information about the tri-state trail, including sample itineraries and links to each state’s tourism offices.
In 2015, IOTD played a significant role in naming the northbound bridge over the Ohio River, connecting Louisville, Kentucky and Jeffersonville, Indiana. Former Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann assisted IOTD and a joint resolution was passed in the Indiana General Assembly to have the bridge named Abraham Lincoln Bridge.
About Indiana Office of Tourism Development:
Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch oversees the Indiana Office of Tourism Development. Mark Newman serves as the agency's executive director. IOTD is dedicated to enhancing the economic vitality of Indiana through leadership and resource support to the Indiana travel industry. The tourism and hospitality industry is directly responsible for 155,200 jobs, generates over $1.4 billion in tax receipts and contributes $11.5 billion in revenue to Indiana businesses. For more information: www.VisitIndiana.com.