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Thirty Years of accomplishment: a project from the past

National Park Trust has undertaken and accomplished a number of projects over the past 30 years, with several involving very important historic sites. One such example is the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Site in Kentucky. This site consists of two units, the Birthplace Park where Lincoln was born, and the Boyhood Home at Knob Creek, where Lincoln spent his early childhood. 

National Park Trust played a major role in the creation of the park by purchasing the option on the 232-acre parcel of land which included the Knob Creek Unit. By partnering with the Preservation of Lincoln’s Kentucky Heritage Inc., the Abraham Lincoln Boyhood Home at Knob Creek was included by the National Park Service as a unit within the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Site in 2004.

It was critical that the Boyhood Home at Knob Creek become a part of the National Historic Site so it could gain national protection and funding. Both units showcase what a fascinating background Lincoln had.  By combining them in one park, the awareness of each is greatly elevated.

Both units do an excellent job of showing how far Lincoln went in life--from a small one-room cabin in the wilderness to one of the greatest presidents in American history. The Boyhood Home at Knob Creek Unit, in particular, enables children to understand Lincoln’s boyhood by exploring the same trails and streams that Abe did.

While the Birthplace Park commemorates his birth in 1809, the Boyhood Home shows where Lincoln spent the early years of his life. Both draw large crowds desiring to see where Lincoln learned to read in a small one-room cabin before striking off to Indiana and Illinois, where he became an excellent lawyer and eventually the 16th President of the United States.

According to John Rollins, a National Park Trust Board member who clearly recalls this project, “The Lincoln Boyhood Home project, like others, succeeded through the dedicated efforts of a single board member who not only inspired NPT to pursue it but also worked diligently to make it a reality. That board member was Charlie Estes.”