Sept. 04--LERNA -- A visit by Abraham Lincoln to his father's farmstead will be one of three Central Illinois stops Saturday, Sept. 6, on the "Lincoln hits the road" tour.
Lincoln interpreter Lonn Presnall is set to be at the Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site from 2 to 4 p.m., according to the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency. The site near Lerna features the last home of Lincoln's father and stepmother, Thomas and Sarah Bush Lincoln. The stop will include a meal, a visit with friends and other activities that took place during Lincoln's visit to his father's farm.
The day will begin at the Bryant Cottage State Historic Site near Bement, where the Lincoln-Douglas debates were planned. Lincoln will be welcomed by a marching band and will reminisce about his 1858 Senate race against Stephen Douglas.
The tour will conclude that evening at the Vandalia Statehouse State Historic Site, where Lincoln served in the legislature and made his first public stand against slavery.
The Bement activities are scheduled from 9 to 11 a.m., and the Vandalia portion from 7 to 9 p.m.
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