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No More Entrance Fees at Abe Lincoln's Boyhood Home

The Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial in Spencer County was Indiana's first national park.

SPENCER COUNTY, Ind. -- You won't have to pay the next time you visit Abraham Lincoln's boyhood home.

Admission to the Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial will be free starting January 1, 2018.

"Because these [national park] lands belong to, and should be accessible to, all Americans, Kendall Thompson, Superintendent of Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial -- Indiana's first national park -- is pleased to announce that all entrance fees at the park will be suspended effective January 1," The National Park Service said Wednesday.

The memorial, authorized by Congress in 1962, preserves the site of the farm where Lincoln lived from the ages of 7 to 21. Lincoln and his family moved to Indiana in 1816 and headed west to Illinois in 1830. His mother, Nancy Hanks Lincoln, died at the farm in 1818; her gravesite is part of the memorial.

The Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial is just off of State Road 162 in Lincoln City. The memorial is open every day except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day. 

Learn more about Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial here.

(Photo courtesy of the National Park Service.) 

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