Lincoln's Farm Legacy

Presidential museum exhibit shows rural roots influenced Lincoln's character and political agenda

A display of Lincoln's handcrafted yolk and tools typical of the era
While living in New Salem, Ill., in the 1830s, Lincoln handcrafted this yolk from black walnut and hickory. At left, an axe head similar to those Lincoln used as a youth. At right, a splitting wedge typical of the era. The casting is of Lincoln’s left hand and shows a scar from an incident in which he nearly cut off his own thumb while splitting rails.
Dale Jensen