A "Favorite" Lies Here

John Hanks was a favorite relation of Lincoln’s through his mother Nancy Hanks’s family.  John moved to Macon County in 1828 and it was his letters to Thomas Lincoln, Abraham’s father, that motivated Thomas to move his family to Illinois in 1830.  Abraham remained close to John and was involved in his political rise.  John died in 1889 at the age of 87 and is buried at Boiling Springs Cemetery.

Looking for Lincoln wayside exhibits tell the stories of Lincoln’s life and times in Illinois.  Each wayside exhibit tells a unique Lincoln story and a local story.  Many of the waysides share little known stories about Lincoln and the individuals he interacted with.  There are over 260 Looking for Lincoln waysides in the Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area.    

Visitor Information

Address: 2418 Boiling Springs Rd. Decatur, Illinois 62526

Website: https://www.decaturcvb.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/shadows-of-lincoln.pdf