A Mom's Guide to the Land of Lincoln
Voices of the past and future
We head to the Lincoln Log Cabin in Lerna, 110 miles southeast of Springfield. This simple spot, once home to dad Thomas and stepmom Sarah Lincoln, is remote, but the kids quickly warm to it.
"Abraham comes to hear law cases in Charleston, takes a note for his fee and gives it to me to claim. He is a dutiful son," says Thomas, aka Lance Beever, who acts the part of living in 1845, speaking in the first person.
Inside the tidy, two-room cabin, a woman makes biscuits using vintage "receipts" or recipes. Outside, "Sarah" demonstrates weaving. "Thomas" strums a guitar.
The play-acting delights the kids. Ella quietly slides a penny on the Lincolns' table when we leave as if to say, in a voice from the future, that he lives. I'm happy to see the kids immersing themselves in Lincoln's era, seeing how Lincoln's humble beginnings didn't keep him from greatness.
LINCOLN LOG CABIN
Moms say Beautiful rural setting. Got planting ideas from the pretty heirloom garden. Liked talking to the actors (left), who seemed as though they were genuinely from the 19th century.
Kids say It was like living back then.