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30 acres in Illinois once owned by Lincoln head to auction

February 12, 2019
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In this Feb. 8, 2019, photo, Ron Best, of Charleston, Ill., looks over a copy of the deed for Abraham Lincoln's 1841 purchase of southern Coles County farm land from his father, Thomas Lincoln. A plot of Illinois farmland once owned by President Abraham Lincoln is heading to auction. Best, a retired farmer in the central Illinois city of Charleston, is selling his family's 590-acre farm, which includes a 30-acre plot once owned by the nation's 16th president. (Dave Fopay/Charleston Times-Courier via AP)
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In this Feb. 8, 2019, photo, Ron Best, of Charleston, Ill., looks over a copy of the deed for Abraham Lincoln's 1841 purchase of southern Coles County farm land from his father, Thomas Lincoln. A plot of Illinois farmland once owned by President Abraham Lincoln is heading to auction. Best, a retired farmer in the central Illinois city of Charleston, is selling his family's 590-acre farm, which includes a 30-acre plot once owned by the nation's 16th president. (Dave Fopay/Charleston Times-Courier via AP)

CHARLESTON, Ill. (AP) — A plot of Illinois farmland once owned by President Abraham Lincoln is heading to auction.

A retired farmer in the central Illinois city of Charleston is selling his family’s 590-acre farm, which includes a 30-acre plot once owned by the nation’s 16th president.

The retired farmer, Ron Best, tells the (Charleston) Times-Courier and Mattoon Journal-Gazette that he knows some people might think of the land’s historical significance during Tuesday’s auction.

He says the land has been farmed the entire time, adding: “It’s not like Lincoln’s stove pipe hat, that you can put on a shelf and say this was Lincoln’s.”

Lincoln bought 40 acres in 1841 from his cash-strapped father. Six acres became part of the current Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site. The remaining 34 acres were eventually sold.

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