7 Remarkable Lincoln Historic Sites | Honoring America’s 16th President

One of our goals is to visit as many National Park Service locations as possible.  Currently, we have visited 7 Abraham Lincoln Historic Sites.

There are 9 other National Park Service Sites Associated With Abraham Lincoln that we still need to visit.

Here we share the stories behind these 7 Abraham Lincoln Historic Sites. These NPS sites help protect the story of America’s 16th President.

Lincoln Monument | Washington D.C.
Lincoln Monument | Washington D.C.

National Park Service Sites Associated With Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln Historic Sites We Have Visited 

1. Abraham Lincoln Birthplace, Kentucky 

Lincoln Historic Sites

If you ever find yourself traveling Interstate 65 between Louisville and Nashville we recommend stopping at the birthplace of Abraham Lincoln. There are actually 2 separate stops that are only a few miles apart. Unfortunately, when we stopped the boyhood home of Lincoln was under renovation. Therefore, the only stop we made was at his birthplace in Hodgenville Kentucky. This stop is a quick 15 minutes east of I65.

One Room Cabin that Lincoln was Born in
One Room Cabin that Lincoln was Born in

When you first arrive you will notice the small visitors center. This visitor center houses a small museum containing artifacts from the Lincoln family. It includes the Lincoln family Bible.

When we arrived we had expected more. However, the site offers much more. It offers an amazing memorial to Lincoln.

In addition to the visitor center, a replica of the cabin that Lincoln was born in is housed here. It is protected in what many refer to as the first Lincoln monument.

This awesome Memorial building continues to fulfill its mission by housing and protecting the “symbolic” birth cabin of Abraham Lincoln, the sixteenth President of the United States.

The First Lincoln Monument | Larue County, Kentucky
The First Lincoln Monument | Larue County, Kentucky

2. Independence National Historical Park, Philadelphia 

When you think of Abraham Lincoln, the Civil War comes to mind. Yet, the Independence National Historical Park protects the story of American Independence. It is here that the Declaration of Independence and Constitution were signed.

Yet there is a plague here in honor of Lincoln. On February 22, 1861, Lincoln stopped here on his way to his inauguration. During his stay, Lincoln honored the birthday of George Washington. Then he helped raise an American Flag above Independence Hall. The plaque above marks the spot where Lincoln stood to raise the flag, and speak to the crowd.

3. Antietam National Battlefield, Maryland 

You can’t visit a Civil War Battlefield without learning about Lincoln. The Battle of Antietam was the bloodiest day in American history. It was also the battle that led to the Emancipation Proclamation. 

During our visit, we took the time to visit both the battlefield and the National Cemetery. This is a great place to visit to learn about the true cost of the Civil War. In addition, you will learn about how it led to Lincoln freeing the slaves. 

4. Gettysburg National Military Park, Pennsylvania 

Marcus and Bryce with President Lincoln
Marcus and Bryce with President Lincoln

The Battle of Gettysburg was the Civil War’s bloodiest battle. In addition, it was the inspiration for President Abraham Lincoln’s immortal “Gettysburg Address”.

This was the very first National Park Site we ever visited. We started at the Visitor Center. Inside you will find the Gettysburg Museum of the Civil War. We highly recommend paying a small fee to view these exhibits. It contains the largest collection of Civil War artifacts in the world. 

In addition, we highly recommend the audio tour. You can pick up the map, and information, at the visitor center. This tour will take you around the Battlefield at your own pace. 

Finally, the Gettysburg National Cemetery is a must-do. It was here that President Lincoln gave the Gettysburg Address.  

To learn more about the NPS, and the Civil War, read our Civil War Sites blog post. 

5. Ford’s Theatre, Washington D.C.

Fords Theatre, Washington D.C.

This is the site of the April 14th, 1865, assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. At the time Lincoln was 56 years old. The War that divided the nation during his time was only over for 5 days. 

In order to visit the Theatre, and view the President’s State Box, you need to have a timed entry pass. We highly recommend getting your tickets ahead of time. You can get them online on the Ford’s Theatre website. 

Lincoln Box, Ford's Theatre, Washington D.C.
Lincoln Box, Ford's Theatre, Washington D.C.

This is the site of April 14, 1865, assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. At the time Lincoln was 56 years old. The War that divided the nation during his time was only over for 5 days. 

In order to visit the Theatre, and view the President’s State Box, you need to have a timed entry pass. We highly recommend getting your tickets ahead of time. You can get them online on the Ford’s Theatre website. 

Inside the Museum you will find an NPS visitor booth. Here you can get the Junior Ranger program information. In order to complete the program, we sat through a Park Ranger guided tour of the theatre. Although this is not necessary we highly recommend it. 

Across the street from the theatre is the Peterson House. It is here Lincoln was taken, and ultimately where he died after being shot. Although the line to get in was long while we visited it moved quickly. You will see a replication of the room, and the bed, where Lincoln died. 

6. The Lincoln Memorial, Washington D.C.

Abraham Lincoln Historic Sites

This may possibly be the most famous of the Lincoln Historic Sites. This massive memorial sits on the western end of the National Mall across from the Washington Monument. 

Inside the Monument is the famous, larger than life, statue of the 16th President.

This Memorial to Lincoln is open 24 hours a day 7 days a week. There is an NPS visitor kiosk located nearby.  Here Park Rangers offer assistance, and daily tours from 9:30 am to 10:00 pm. 

Visiting the Lincoln Memorial on July 4th
Visiting the Lincoln Memorial on July 4th

Throughout time, the Memorial has become a symbolic place in the Country’s History. This is especially true related to the Civil Rights movement. There have been a number of famous speeches given in front of the Memorial. More than likely none more famous than Martin Luther King Jr’s “I Have a Dream” speech. 

We have been fortunate ourselves to visit Washington D.C. a number of times. Twice we visited during the Washington D.C.  4th of July celebration. 

Many Americans will see this memorial throughout their lives in textbooks, pictures, and even on their money. However, there is nothing like walking up those famous steps, and coming face to face with the giant statue of Lincoln. 

7. Mount Rushmore National Memorial, South Dakota

Mount Rushmore is a massive sculpture carved into the granite of the Black Hills in South Dakota.

It includes the sculpted faces of Presidents Washington, Jefferson, Roosevelt, and Lincoln.

These Presidents were chosen to represent the birth, growth, development, and preservation of the United States.

Mount Rushmore is open daily from 5:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m..

Avenue of Flags | Mount Rushmore National Monument
Avenue of Flags | Mount Rushmore National Monument

We were able to stop at Mount Rushmore while traveling west to Yellowstone National Park.

There was a small fee of $10 to park the RV in the parking area at the Memorial. Fortunately, there was room in the parking garage for RV’s.

We spent a few hours walking around and viewing the Mountain. In addition, we visited the museum inside of the NPS Visitor Center.

Like all other NPS sites we have visited we learned all about Mount Rushmore while completing the Junior Ranger Program. 

Lincoln Statue, Hodgenville Kentucky
Lincoln Statue, Hodgenville Kentucky

Being able to use our RV to visit National Park sites around the country has been a true blessing. With over 400 sites protected by the NPS, there is certainly something for everyone. 

In addition to visiting sites related to Lincoln, we have also visited a number of sites related to the American Revolution

Not everyone has the ability to visit all of these Lincoln historic sites. However, if you are in the area of any of them we recommend stopping by. 

We love to hear from our followers. Please leave a comment below. 

Have you visited any of the Lincoln Historic sites? Are there other historic sites you have visited you wish to share? Do you have a certain type of historic site you visit?

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We are a  family of four who travels all around the country in a small RV.

So far we have RV camped in 33 different States, visited 14 National Parks, and 17 National Park Sites. 

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