Tourism | Calendar | Leisure Time | Travel News Elsewhere (fresh daily from the Web)

Lincoln Log Cabin candlelight tours Friday

Send a link to a friend

[December 03, 2009]  LERNA -- A Christmas holiday tradition that looks like it came straight off a greeting card can be experienced during the Christmas Candlelight Tours scheduled for Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. at Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site near Charleston. The event is free and open to the public.

Visitors are welcome to tour the Lincoln and Sargent farms by candlelit paths to see how Christmas may have been observed by 19th-century Americans.

At the Lincoln Cabin, the family will gather around the hearth and share the evening socializing, as was common with many farm families after the busy harvest season, all the while continuing to stay busy spinning wool, knitting and performing other small tasks.

Meanwhile, at the Sargent Farm, members of the family will celebrate the holiday with good food and simple decorations, with an emphasis on Christmas as a family holiday. Christmas as we know it today was not widely celebrated on the Illinois prairie. The Sargent family will represent a growing trend in the 19th century of those who chose to observe the holiday as a family affair. This was a break from some earlier traditions when Christmas was a raucous holiday that in many ways rivaled New Year's celebrations of today.

[to top of second column]


The trio Motherloade will perform seasonal music in the Visitor Center during the Friday evening event.

Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site, administered by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, is an 86-acre pioneer farmstead that was the last home of Thomas and Sarah Bush Lincoln, Abraham Lincoln's father and stepmother. It is located eight miles south of Charleston.

For more information on the Thanksgiving event, call 217-345-1845 or visit

[Text from file received from the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency]


< Recent articles

Back to top


News | Sports | Business | Rural Review | Teaching & Learning | Home and Family | Tourism | Obituaries

Community | Perspectives | Law & Courts | Leisure Time | Spiritual Life | Health & Fitness | Teen Scene
Calendar | Letters to the Editor