Lincoln Marriage Temple.

Lincoln Marriage Temple

Field review by the editors.

Harrodsburg, Kentucky

From the outside it looks like a small, old-fashioned brick church. Inside, however, there are no pews or altar -- just the sacred log cabin in which Abe Lincoln's parents were married in 1806.

Lincoln Marriage Temple.

Many bronze plaques are affixed to the interior brick walls of the Temple, affirming the cabin's significance. Tom Lincoln is singled out for his "powerful physique" and "temperate habits." As for Nancy Hanks, "her name will ever be an inspiration to the motherhood of every land."

According to the chronology of the plaques, the cabin, built in 1782, stood in obscurity for over 130 years before it was dragged from the wedding spot and into Harrodsburg in 1913. Eighteen years later the Temple was built around the cabin and dedicated on June 12, 1931, the 125th anniversary of Tom and Nancy's wedding, by no less an authority than the United States Secretary of Labor. However, the long wait between the wedding vows and the cabin's rediscovery has led some modern scholars to suggest that it isn't the Lincoln marriage cabin at all, which is why the Temple has fallen back into the shadows among mainstream Lincoln landmarks.

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In 1931, however, there were no doubters. The building was even outfitted with a small wooden podium, anticipating a wave of couples that would want to get married within the musky atmosphere of the Lincoln Marriage Temple, hoping that the proximity juju of the cabin would ensure that one of their kids, like Tom and Nancy's, would grow up to be President.

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Address:
100 S. College St., Harrodsburg, KY
Directions:
Old Fort Harrod State Park. Downtown, on the southwest corner of W. Lexington St. and S. College St./US Hwy 127.
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