Lincoln’s Land

Posted: February 12, 2019

Did you celebrate Abraham Lincoln’s 210th birthday on February 12? Someone may be celebrating by making a big purchase—30 acres of land Mr. Lincoln once owned!

A retired farmer in Charleston, Illinois, is selling his family’s 590-acre farm. It includes a 30-acre plot once owned by Abraham Lincoln. Mr. Lincoln bought the land from his father in 1841.The farmer, Ron Best, says the land has been farmed the whole time. Buyers at the auction may want the land because of the history behind it. But Mr. Best says, “It’s not like Lincoln's stove pipe hat, that you can put on a shelf and say ‘this was Lincoln’s.’”

Abraham Lincoln was the 16th president of the United States. He became president just before the Civil War started. He was killed just before it ended. In 1863, he signed the Emancipation Proclamation, which said all U.S. slaves would be freed. Many think of Mr. Lincoln as one of the greatest U.S. presidents in history.

Ron Best looks over a copy of the deed for Abraham Lincoln’s 1841 purchase of southern Coles County farm land from his father, Thomas Lincoln. (Dave Fopay/Mattoon Journal Gazette via AP)