Shelbyville/Shelby County

In his years as a Circuit-riding attorney, Lincoln could often be found in Shelbyville practicing his trade at the Shelby County Courthouse and mixing with the many friends he made in the area. The Courthouse features a painting of the Lincoln-Thornton Debate. While the Lincoln-Douglas Debates are certainly more famous, the earlier Thornton Debate was Lincoln’s first public appearance as a Republican and the first time he publicly addressed the anti-slavery notions that would be so important in his later years. This charming community on the hill overlooking the beautiful Lake Shelbyville is a must-stop on your Looking for Lincoln adventure.

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