Abraham Lincoln's First School

Marker #1482 identifies the approximate site of Abraham Lincoln's first school, which was located 2-3 miles from the family's Knob Creek farm. His first teacher was Zacharia Riney. Lincoln attended these ABC, or "blab" schools with his older sister, Sarah. Lincoln later attended a school kept by Caleb Hazel in Kentucky.

Like many on the frontier, Lincoln's formal education was extremely limited. Lincoln later estimated that "the aggregate of all his schooling did not amount to one year." He compensated for his meager education self-directed learning activities in reading, writing, and math.


Kentucky Lincoln Heritage Trail Logo

Kentucky Lincoln Heritage Trail Logo

The Kentucky Lincoln Heritage Trail is a scenic route through central Kentucky featuring museums and historic sites with ties to the sixteenth president. The logo was created by the Kentucky Historical Society during the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial observance. Image Courtesy of the Kentucky Historical Society View File Details Page

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Warren Greer, “Abraham Lincoln's First School,” ExploreKYHistory, accessed June 24, 2017, http://explorekyhistory.ky.gov/items/show/113.


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