Rooted in Virginia: Abraham Lincoln

Just off Interstate 81 south of Harrisonburg is a bit of Lincoln history you probably didn’t expect to find in Virginia.

In 1768, John and Rebecca Flowers Lincoln built a home on 600 acres in Linville in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. Their eldest son Abraham married Bathsheba Herring of Rockingham County. Abraham and Bathsheba’s son Thomas was born at the homestead in 1778. Thomas married Nancy Hanks in Kentucky in 1806, and the would-be 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln, was born in Kentucky on February 12, 1809.

What you see now at 7884 Harpine Highway is not the original Lincoln home, but a ca. 1800 Federal style home built by John and Rebecca Lincoln’s son Jacob. The home is on the National Register of Historic Places and the Virginia Landmarks Register.

The Lincoln Homestead dates to around 1800, and a family cemetery is the final resting place for five generations of Lincolns and two slaves: Uncle Ned and his wife Queenie. The home left Lincoln family possession in 1874. It is privately owned and not accessible to the public, however, those who stop are welcome to read the historical marker and walk up the hill to the Lincoln Cemetery.

To dive further into Abraham Lincoln’s movements in Virginia, see Lincoln in Virginia.


Feature Image by Kevin M. Byrne (CC BY-SA 3.0)

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