Abraham Lincoln’s family called the Cottage home for much of his presidency. On September 16, 2023, we welcome everyone to enjoy the grounds as the Lincolns did with a full day of family fun at HomecomingAs always, the morning will begin with a #Freedom5K through our glorious grounds.

Learn more & Reserve Tickets HERE.

Schedule for the Day

7:30 AM – Freedom 5K runner check in opens. Register for the race here.

9 AM–  The day kicks off with a quick yoga warmup from yoga teacher Ali Morris and our annual Freedom 5K race. Race registration is separate – register to run or walk the Freedom 5K here.

10 AM – Tot Dash: 100-foot Tot Dash for FREE following the 5K race.

10 AM – 3 PM: Homecoming continues with Family Day activities, FREE for all:

  • Arts and Crafts: Make a leadership tapestry, craft a 3D self-portrait, compete in our garden bingo, and create your own top hat!
  • Storytime: Nurture social and emotional skills through interactive storytelling, hands-on activities, and reflection in our engaging programming for young learners.
  • Pony Rides & Petting Zoo: It’s no secret Tad Lincoln loved keeping pets on the grounds. Don’t let this chance slip by to ride a pony on Lincoln’s lawn or encounter another amazing creature!
  • Picnic on the Grounds: Pack your own picnic and enjoy lunch at the picnic tables or on the spacious South Lawn. Also featuring snacks from our food truck vendors!
  • Tour the Cottage: Take a guided tour of the Lincoln family’s seasonal retreat. Regular ticket prices apply; visit our tickets page to purchase in advance. The first tour begins at 11 AM; last tour at 2 PM.

If you would like to take a tour of the Cottage, we strongly recommend purchasing Cottage Tour tickets in advance. Your Homecoming registration does not include a Cottage Tour ticket.