The Owensboro Messenger, July 4, 1935

Article was typed as it was worded in the newspaper.


Young "Abe" To Again Sell Molasses At Rockport, Ind., Today.

Young "Abe" Lincoln will sell molasses and calico again today across the small store counter at Rockport, Ind., where he earned his first money.

Judge John Pitcher’s law office, where the young railsplitter borrowed books will be open; school will be "kept," and pioneer women will busy themselves around their log homes, spinning and carding wool.

The pioneer scene will be staged by citizens of Spencer county, Indiana, as a Fourth of July dedication of the Lincoln Pioneer Village which has been built by FERA relief workers directed by the Spencer County Historical society.

Ten log buildings have been restored and surrounded by a stockade on a four-acre wooded section of Rockport’s fairgrounds.

The reconstructed village includes the pioneer church where Lincoln’s parents were members; the tavern where Ratliff Boone and other pioneer leaders boarded; the law office where Lincoln borrowed books; and the William Jones store where he worked for 30 cents a day and where he read the Louisville Journal to which Jones subscribed.

The Reuben Grigsby cooper shop where Lincoln worked has also been restored, and the Daniel Grass home where visitors to the settlement were entertained.

All of the buildings have been furnished with log chairs beds and tables and the crude utensils characteristic of the early nineteenth century. Spinning wheels, old quilts and rag rugs add to the early day atmosphere.

A pioneer garden has been planted and two wells have been dug, one operating with a windlass and one with a sweep. On the grounds stand an ox cart and a covered wagon.