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Lincoln Pioneer Village & Museum, Rockport

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Lincoln Pioneer Village is a memorial along the Ohio River in Rockport, Spencer County, Indiana to President Abraham Lincoln who lived in the county during his boyhood years. It was built in 1934 and 1935 in the city park by the Works Progress Administration. George Honig, an artist and sculptor from Spencer County, designed the memorial. He also oversaw the building of the pioneer village replica, which was sponsored by the Spencer County Historical Society and the Rockport City Council. It was listed as a historic district on the National Register of Historic Places on April 20, 1998.
Rockport is the county seat for Spencer County and 17 miles from where Lincoln was raised. In Rockport, Lincoln borrowed books from John Pitcher, a lawyer, and set off with Allen Gentry on flatboat trips to New Orleans.
The village replica was built near the boat landing that Lincoln used for his flatboat trips. A wooden stockade surrounds the village, which contains a replica of the old Little Pigeon Baptist Church, log cabin school house, school, an inn, houses, and a law office. The cabins represent the homes of people that lived in the community (Little Pigeon Creek Community) where Lincoln was raised and is furnished in keeping with the frontier times and lifestyle, including spinning wheels, churns, handmade chairs, iron pans, tables, beds, dishes and other furnishings.
The houses include those of his sister Sarah Lincoln Grigsby and brother-in-law Aaron Grigsby, merchant and farmer James Gentry, and neighbor Josiah Crawford, who employed Abraham and Sarah Lincoln. The Aunt Lepha Mackey Cabin represents the home of the Rockport woman who took in and taught African American children, who would not have otherwise had an education. Mackey's cabin was the site of first school for African American children in southern Indiana. The village also includes a replica of John Pritcher's Rockport law office and the William Jones store.
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  • A collection of great pioneer homes. Most had some connection to Lincoln but also just a good place to stop and see they also have a museum that I feel you could spend all day in and not see all of... 
    A collection of great pioneer homes. Most had some connection to Lincoln but also just a good place to stop and see they also have a museum that I feel you could spend all day in and not see all of...  more »
  • This is a must stop when in Southern Indiana. A cheap activity for anyone. The lady was super nice and informative and really enjoyed going at your own pace looking at the cabins and the museum. 
    This is a must stop when in Southern Indiana. A cheap activity for anyone. The lady was super nice and informative and really enjoyed going at your own pace looking at the cabins and the museum.  more »

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