After a long year of renovations, the Memorial Building at Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Park is again welcoming visitors.
Officials made the decision to close the building to repair the skylight and correct mold problems – a process that was expected to take several months. The century-old building held enough structural surprises to delay the completion.
We know the tiny log cabin inside the building isn’t really the birthplace of Abraham Lincoln – but it does have historical significance and it’s a good representation. (That’s why we refer to it as the “symbolic” or “traditional” birthplace cabin.)
Its authenticity doesn’t seem to faze the 200,000 or so visitors who travel to Hodgenville annually to see the spot where the 16th president was born.
Many – if not all – of those visitors (and locals too) were disappointed they could not see inside the Memorial Building.
We’re glad the renovations are complete and here’s hoping they’ll last another 100 years.