Defying the wrath of Illinois’ once most powerful politician, the Lincoln Log Cabin in Lerna, Illinois, is back in business on April 22.
The Lincoln Log Cabin is actually the cabin of Abe Lincoln’s parents, not of Abe himself. Perhaps this slightly misleading advertising — which turns a log lemon into Lincoln lemonade — was what triggered the wrath of disgraced ex-Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who shut the cabin down last year.
2009 has seen a complete turnaround in this sad state of affairs. Blagojevich was kicked out of office in January. Chief Black Hawk was reopened in March. And now the Lincoln Log Cabin has been reopened as well — although only through June 30. Illinois’ new governor has, however, pledged to keep it open after June 30, noting that “in this Lincoln bicentennial year, closing tourist attractions is not good business.”
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Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site. I-57 exit 190-A (Mattoon/Charleston). Drive east on Hwy 16, then after a half-mile turn right onto CR-870E/Lerna Rd. After five miles the road bends left and becomes E. Lincoln Hwy Rd. Follow this another seven miles southeast to the Park.
Summer daily 9-5; off-season Th-Su. (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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