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 Zachariah 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.
The marker reads:
Abraham Lincoln's First School
Lincoln's formal education began in a primitive log cabin near this site. While the Lincoln family was living on Knob Creek, he and his sister Sarah attended ABC schools for a short period of time. First school taught by Zachariah Riney; the second by Caleb Hazel. The Lincolns' home stood 2 miles south on the old Cumberland Road.
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