Thursday, January 24, 2008
Here is your chance to own a piece of Abraham Lincoln history. I found this story here about how the new owner of the farm last owned by Lincoln's father and stepmother is going to sell tiny pieces of the farm to the general public. I mean "tiny" as in 1 square-inch pieces. The money raised will be used to help restore a reproduction log cabin at the site in Illinois, and to also build a visitor center.
The Lincoln Log Cabin state historic site in Illinois, located near Lerna, was the last farm owned by Thomas Lincoln and his second wife, Sarah Bush Lincoln. Abraham Lincoln actually purchased part of this land from his father as a way to help out Thomas with finances. Abe never lived there, but did supposedly visit his father and step-mother there from time to time.
Obviously, these square-inch pieces, coming with a "deed," will be of historical interest only and will hold no real value. Reminds me of the square-inch plot of Connecticut my grandma bought me from "Bicentennial Acres" during the nation's bicentennial celebration in 1776. Kind of cool in a way, but not worth the paper the deeds are printed on. Still, this Lincoln project will serve a purpose and is in the end worthwhile.
Posted by Geoff Elliott at 3:21 PM