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Myth: Abraham Lincoln's childhood log cabin is on display in Hodgenville, Kentucky.

Fact: There is a log cabin on display in Hodgenville, Kentucky which is officially registered as the "Abraham Lincoln Birthplace Historical Site" but it is not the original Lincoln home.  This was confirmed by Lincoln's son Robert as well as a member of a family that later lived in the cabin.  According to that family member, the Lincoln cabin was destroyed by fire before 1840 and the logs that remained were used as firewood.

So where did the log cabin in Hodgenville, Kentucky come from?  It was actually made from salvaged parts of another log cabin in the area, then disassembled, moved and reassembled so many times that even if it were the original logs, it may not look anything like the original cabin.

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