Sunday, June 9, 2013

Photo-of-the-Week #110 - Honest Abe's Mom's Birthplace, Antioch, West Virginia. June 2013


Serendipity! Yes, indeed! I was exploring a small area in West Virginia known as Antioch. I was looking for an encampment where a friend who goes by the name of Gypsy Jane was spending the weekend with friends. Well, I didn't find the encampment or Gypsy Jane, but I did find something I wasn't expecting.

As I drove up and down the few back country roads around Antioch seeking the encampment and Gypsy Jane, I discovered a place called the Nancy Hanks Farm. I drove in and found the cabin in the photo above along with a marker that identified this as the location where Nancy Hanks was born. Okay, so who was Nancy Hanks? If you're a history buff, you may already know who she is.

For those not in the know, Nancy Hanks is Abraham Lincoln's mother. Yes! That Abraham Lincoln. What? You guessed that from the title of this article? Well, it's true. And, this is what I totally love and enjoy about exploring this great country. You never know what you're going to discover around the next bend or over the next hill. This particular location is a mere 20 minutes from my West Virginia base camp.  

2 comments:

Linda Sand said...

I grew up in Illinois, the Land of LIncoln. Of course, I know who Nancy Hanks was. :)

Ed Helvey - Professional Nomad said...

I guess I should have, but I've probably forgotten a lot of things I thought were probably trivial at the time. So much to learn, such an under utilized brain to cram it all into.

Ed