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LaRue County lies at the center of an area rich in tourist attractions. Within a 30-minute drive of the county, one can visit Historic Bardstown and My Old Kentucky Home, see the Kentucky Railway Museum and ride a steam train in New Haven, experience Mammoth Cave National Park and the cave area, tour the Patton Museum at Fort Knox and the Coca-Cola Museum in Elizabethtown, enjoy Green River Lake State Park and its marina near Campbellsville, and browse through the many antiques and crafts shops. Within the area are many notable restaurants, with menus ranging from gourmet items to traditional country cooking.
Abraham Lincoln Birthplace
National Historic Site

2995 Lincoln Farm Road
Hodgenville, KY 42748

Phone: 270-358-3137
Fax: 270-358-3874
Hours: 8:00am-6:45pm (Memorial Day to Labor Day)
8:00am-4:45pm (remainder of year)
Closed January 1st, Thanksgiving & Christmas Day
Admission: Free

Abraham Lincoln was born in a one-room log cabin at the Sinking Spring Farm, south of Hodgen's Mill on February 12, 1809. The Memorial Building, completed in 1911, houses the "symbolic" cabin of Lincoln's birth. Here, the Lincolns lived and farmed two and one-half years before moving ten miles away to the Knob Creek Farm. It was the Knob Creek Farm experience, some of his most formative years, which helped mold the boy to become the Great Emancipator. The Lincolns lived at Knob Creek until they moved to Indiana in 1816.

This National Park Service area consists of Abraham Lincoln Birthplace, three miles south of Hodgenville on US 31E and KY 61; and Abraham Lincoln Boyhood Home at Knob Creek, ten miles northeast of Abraham Lincoln Birthplace on US 31E.
The Visitor Center at Abraham Lincoln Birthplace contains exhibits, sales facility, and the movie "Lincoln - The Kentucky Years". Nature trails and picnic facilities are available. Allow 1-hour minimum for tour of the grounds and buildings. The Visitor Center is open daily from 8:00am-4:45pm, from Labor Day thru Memorial Day. The summer hours from Memorial Day to Labor Day are 8:00am to 6:45pm. Important Note: The Park is in the Eastern Time Zone.

Facilities and services are limited at the Abraham Lincoln Boyhood Home. Buildings serve as exterior exhibits only. Radio transmitter provides after-hours information. Grounds open daily during daylight hours year round. Park rangers provide information on-site April thru October. A picnic area is available.

Abraham Lincoln Boyhood Home
at Knob Creek

7120 Bardstown Road
Hodgenville, KY 42748

Phone: 270-358-3137
Fax: 270-358-3874
Hours: Daylight Hours all year
Interpretive staff available April 1 - October 31
Admission: Free

The Abraham Lincoln Boyhood Home achieved national park status as part of Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Site in 2001. The two units of the site commemorate the birth and early life of Abraham Lincoln and interpret the relationship of his background and pioneer environment to his service for his country, as the 16th President of the United States. This unit is located on 31-E near Athertonville. Picnic grounds and hiking trails are available.

Referring to his Kentucky homes, Abraham stated: "My earliest recollection however, is of the Knob Creek place...Our farm was composed of three fields, it lay in the valley surrounded by high hills and deep gorges." These bottom lands were the most fertile acres Thomas Lincoln ever owned and a degree of prosperity, not equaled elsewhere, was enjoyed by the family while residing here.
Abraham Lincoln, sixteenth President of the United States, was two years-old when his parents, Thomas and Nancy Hanks Lincoln, moved to the Knob Creek farm a few miles from his birthplace. Abraham lived five years (1811-1816) in a log cabin built on this site. Around 1812, a second son was born to Thomas and Nancy. The infant, named for his father, died at a young age and was buried in the Redmon family cemetery on a knoll overlooking the Lincoln's farm. Abraham also had a sister, Sarah, who was two years older than Abraham.

A Boy Scout troop donated a new marker for the child in 1959.

Lincoln first attended school with his sister Sarah near Knob Creek. It was known as a "blab school" because the students had to recite their lessons over and over. A historical marker notes the school's location outside Athertonville.

It was during a flood of Knob Creek that a boy named Austin Gollaher saved Lincoln from drowning. A historical marker at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in White City notes Gollaher's grave. Logs from the Gollaher cabin were used to construct a replica of the Lincoln cabin in 1931.

Historic Downtown Commercial District
Main Street
Hodgenville, KY 42748

Phone: 270-358-3411
Fax: 270-358-3411

Many of the early 20th century buildings in downtown Hodgenville are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Visitors can enjoy shopping for local arts and crafts, Lincoln memorabilia, collectibles, gift items, antiques, jewelry, homemade fudge, consignments and even items from an old-fashioned drug store! How about a LaRue County tradition of enjoying a Laha's burger fresh from the grill with a bottled Coke? Hodgenville has been designated a Certified One City through the Kentucky Renaissance on Main program, and as a Preserve America Community by First Lady Laura Bush.

Joel Ray's Lincoln Jamboree
2579 Lincoln Farm Road
Hodgenville, KY 42748

Phone: 270-358-3545
Hours: Every Saturday Night, 8:00 PM EST
Admission: All seats reserved at $8.00 each

Established in 1954, the Lincoln Jamboree has served as Kentucky's #1 Country Music Showplace for more than half a century! Join producer and emcee Joel Ray Sprowls, as he shares his brand of family humor and entertainment every Saturday night year round. Local artists and country music impersonators make this a show the whole family will love. The Jamboree also is home to Joel Ray's Restaurant, featuring "honest to goodness, old fashioned Southern country cookin'."

Free weekend camp sites (with electricity) are available for customers. The campground opens At 11 AM on Fridays.
·   Air-Conditioned
·   Ultra-Modern Auditorium
·   Theatre-Cushioned Seats
·   Country Music Museum and Gift Shop
·   Western Screen "Wall of Fame"
·   A Family Restaurant with a Complete Menu

The Lincoln Museum
66 Lincoln Square
Hodgenville, KY 42748

Phone: 270-358-3163
Hours: Monday-Saturday, 8:30am-4:30pm
Sunday, 12:30-4:30pm
Admission: Varies (see price chart)
Tours: Varies (see current schedule)

The cornerstone of Hodgenville's historic district, the Lincoln Museum is Kentucky's official museum dedicated to Lincoln's life and times. A Civil War Trust Discovery Site and a Kentucky Scenic Byway Site features 12 historically accurate scenes from Lincoln's life, Lincoln and Civil War memorabilia and the Lincoln Art Collection. Built with the efforts of local volunteers, the museum is housed in two historic buildings on Lincoln Square. Not long after its opening, Southern Living magazine stated, "If Abraham Lincoln had been around, he probably would have grabbed a hammer and pitched in. The man who believed in unity would have loved the community spirit that built The Lincoln Museum in Hodgenville, Kentucky."
The Lincoln Museum's first level depicts twelve authenticated scenes of great importance in Lincoln's life and our nation's history.

The second level contains exhibits, memorabilia, and the Lincoln Days Art Collection.

The Lincoln Statue
Lincoln Square
Hodgenville, KY 42748

Phone: 270-358-3163
Hours: All day, everyday
Admission: Free

Located in Town Square, Hodgenville, the Lincoln Statue is cast bronze with the pedestal being pink granite. Dedicated on May 31, 1909, the statue was sculpted by Artist Adolph A. Weinman of New York. The statue is photographed by thousands each year. An exact duplicate of the Lincoln Statue is located on the campus of the University of Wisconsin.

Originally, the responsibility for care of the statue fell to a group of local women called the Ladies Lincoln League. Today, the statue is maintained through the civic efforts of the Hodgenville Rotary Club. In 1985, the statue was 'rebronzed' due to such corrosion from natural elements. The statue's color changed from corroded blue-green to warm-brown luster.
·   Dedicated on May 31, 1909
·   Sculpted by Artist Adolph A. Weinman of New York
·   Dimensions:
7 ft x 50" x 62" (sculpture)
5 ft x 131" x 153" (pedestal)

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