little Indiana has already mentioned the interesting and unique items on display inside the Lincoln Pioneer Village Museum in Rockport, Indiana, but it’s what is outside that makes this unusual.
Stretching across a span of green grass lie 14 cabins in perfect period style, these are the days when Spencer County was wild frontier and Abe Lincoln was only a boy.
Lincoln Pioneer Village in Rockport, Indiana
Designed by George Honig (he was a well-known artist and sculptor), these Rockport, Indiana cabins strive to highlight the early years of Abraham Lincoln. They show how he lived for the 14 years he resided in Spencer County (1816-1830), when he arrived with his family at the age of 7.
Completed by the Works Project Administration (WPA), these cabins were constructed from 1937-1939 using government funding.
Everyone is here or, rather, their cabin is represented.
Rockport, Indiana Attraction
From the lawyer’s office to the schoolhouse to the general store, these 14 cabins are the people and places of Abraham Lincoln’s childhood.
Abe walked 20 miles (if I remember correctly) to John Pitchard’s law office so he could borrow books. There’s a pioneer school, with a dirt floor and puncheon benches, and the Pigeon Creek Baptist Church, where Abe and his family worshiped.
It’s very well done–in fact, The Kentuckian starring Burt Lancaster was once filmed here!
Festivals, events, re-enactments, the Lincoln Pioneer Village and Museum usually has something in the works. You can take a peek at the way Abe Lincoln once lived and hear the stories about his life any time of year.
This larger than life replica of Indiana history would be good for any age! Walk in and around the cabins, check out the many and varied species of trees, and if you’re lucky, Charlie Finecy will be around and can tell you all about it! That man IS Abraham Lincoln!
Visit Lincoln Pioneer Village in Rockport, Indiana and see the past brought to life like never before.
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Special thanks to Spencer County Tourism Bureau for arranging our visit! Big thanks to Charlie Finecy for sharing his knowledge–and his patience! Opinions are mine and mine alone (as always).
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