This is a place where you can explore the history of our community, ask questions, and connect with the past in your own way. Discover the house that grew out of a single-room log cabin and learn from the exhibits inside. Enjoy the beautiful acres of preserved farmland, take the trail to the historic Big Shoal Cemetery and look for wildlife along the way. Explore what's growing as you visit the heirloom garden, apple orchard, or pumpkin patch. Once home to many people from 1831-2004, the farm stands as a wonderful reminder that the past can still be present and will always have stories to share.
Special Exhibition: Abraham Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln: A Man of His Time, A Man for All Time will be on display April 15 - May 9. This exhibition was written and designed by The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and sponsored in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The museum is very excited to open the exhibit on the 150th anniversary of Lincoln's death.
Most Americans know Lincoln as an iconic image: the son of an illiterate frontier farmer who taught himself to read; the bearded man in the stovepipe hat; the savior of the Union; the Great Emancipator; the martyred leader. This special exhibition goes beyond these images to explore the evolution of Lincoln's beliefs and his impact on the nation.
Through this exhibit, the Atkins-Johnson Farm and Museum will look at the life and legacy of Lincoln in great detail. The museum will showcase rare family heirlooms related to Lincoln from local Liberty residents. These items will be on loan to the museum and on display along with extensive panels rich with historic imagery and information.