Lincoln Homestead

Historical Marker #526, located in Springfield, Kentucky, references the marriage of Abraham Lincoln's parents in Washington County in 1806.

The original marriage bond between Thomas Lincoln and Nancy Hanks is housed at this site in the Washington County Courthouse. In the election of 1860, Lincoln's political opponents made accusations that he was illegitimate, a possibility that Lincoln himself considered. Searches were conducted in Larue and Hardin counties to no avail, and the question of Lincoln's legitimacy was not settled until 1901 when the original bond was rediscovered in the Washington County Courthouse.

In 2009, a Lincoln statue was erected across from the Washington County Courthouse.


Washington County Courthouse

Washington County Courthouse

Image of the Washington County Courthouse in Springfield, Ky. ca. 1954. Image Courtesy of the Kentucky Historical Society. View File Details Page

Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln

In addition to being the birthplace, Kentucky was home to Lincoln's wife, best friend, law partners, and business associates. Although he left the bluegrass state as a young boy, these relationships with Kentuckians played a major role in forging his personal and political life. Lincoln's connections to Kentucky and his appreciation for the importance of the commonwealth to the Union cause further strengthened Lincoln's bonds to the history of this state. Image Courtesy of the Kentucky Historical Society View File Details Page

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Warren Greer, “Lincoln Homestead,” ExploreKYHistory, accessed July 25, 2017,


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