Bostic, NC – Was Lincoln Born There?

Bostic is a town in Rutherford County and established in 1893. The population was 386 at the 2010 census.

Bostic is a very small town with a couple of buildings, a town hall, bakery and museum, there is also a Volunteer Fire Department.  The museum is interesting with a nice lady running it.  The Bostic Sunshine Highway runs through the town.  Forest City is 3 miles from Bostic.

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PORCH VIEW MEMORIAL PARK

Some believe that President Abraham Lincoln was born on Puzzle Creek near Bostic. Historians have him born to his mother Nancy Hanks and took the name Lincoln only after Hanks moved to Kentucky with the then infant Abraham.

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PLAQUE IS AT THE MUSEUM

Bostic Lincoln Center Museum – The museum is in the depot.  The museum has exhibits featuring Abraham Lincoln, who they claim was born in the area.  The evidence is compelling with letters and documents supporting the claim.  112 Depot Street

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IN FRONT OF THE MUSEUM

Bostic has long been a stop for the CSX railroad to exchange crews. There is a Seaboard Coast Line Caboose placed next to the Bostic Lincoln Museum

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Whistle Stop Bakery and Farm Store – they offer fresh baked breads, cakes, cookies, homemade jams and jellies.  158 N Main St.

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TOWN HALL
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VACANT BUILDING ACROSS FROM TOWN HALL

Washburn General Store – Established in 1831, the five-generation family business has been handed down from founder Benjamin Washburn. 2426 Bostic Sunshine Hwy

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INSIDE OF STORE

The National Department of the Interior inducted the General Store, the family estate–built in 1913, a classic wooden barn–built in 1915, and ten other buildings as a historic district in 2002.

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WASHBURN HOUSE CIRCA 1913
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WASHBURN BARN