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Lincoln Homestead

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c. 1800. 7884 VA 42
  • (Photograph by D Hughes)
  • (Photograph by D Hughes)

Built by Abraham Lincoln's great-uncle Jacob Lincoln, the house is near the site of the dwelling of Abraham Lincoln's great-grandparents John and Rebecca Lincoln, who moved here from Pennsylvania in 1786. The sophisticated quality of this five-bay two-story, painted brick Federal house heralds the arrival of a new design in the largely German community north of Harrisonburg. The ornate wooden cornice with elaborate molding, corbels, and dentils, the splayed window lintels of limestone, and a particularly refined doorway highlight the design. According to oral tradition, a cabinetmaker named Schultz made the doorway, which Jacob Lincoln hauled from New York or Pennsylvania. On a hill overlooking the farm, the family cemetery contains five generations of the Lincoln family as well as some of their slaves.

Writing Credits

Anne Carter Lee


What's Nearby


Anne Carter Lee, "Lincoln Homestead", [Linville, Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Virginia vol 2

Buildings of Virginia: Valley, Piedmont, Southside, and Southwest, Anne Carter Lee and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2015, 100-100.

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