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New Kentucky Lincoln Heritage Trail unveiling planned February 12

Press Release Date:  Friday, February 01, 2008  
Contact Information:  Diane Comer
(502) 564-7005 Ext. 120

Public is invited to join Governor Beshear
at 3 p.m. in downtown Hodgenville

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Kentucky citizens and out-of-state guests are invited to join Governor Steve Beshear and other presenters as they unveil the first marker along the new Kentucky Lincoln Heritage Trail during a special celebration at 3 p.m. (EST) Tuesday, February 12 on Lincoln Square in downtown Hodgenville.  The event follows the national Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial kickoff planned at 10:30 that morning at Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Site.

The Kentucky Lincoln Heritage Trail is a project of the Kentucky Heritage Council/State Historic Preservation Office in partnership with the Kentucky Historical Society, Kentucky Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, Kentucky Department of Tourism and Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.  The inaugural marker depicts the founding of Hodgen’s Mill – the community that came to be known as Hodgenville – and the connection between this early settlement and the Lincoln family.

Volunteers and community leaders from Hodgenville and LaRue County are hosting the afternoon’s festivities which will include food, music and entertainment starting at 1 p.m.  Visitors are invited to:

  • Shop and eat downtown
  • Tour Kentucky’s Lincoln Museum located on Lincoln Square, open 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Have a photo taken with a Lincoln presenter
  • Watch a candy pulling demonstration by MAM Candy of Hodgenville.  President Lincoln loved cream candy and served it at the White House
  • Enjoy free birthday cake, hot chocolate and a Lincoln and Landscapes art display at the Lincoln Museum Community Room, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The LaRue County Band of Hawks will entertain starting at 2:45 p.m.  Other entertainment will be provided by the Lincoln Cloggers and Heart of Kentucky Men’s Chorus.  Downtown businesses will feature window displays, and in addition to restaurants, food will be available for purchase from the LaRue County Beef Producers, the LaRue County Pork Producers and other non-profit organizations.

“February 12 is going to be a great day for Hodgenville and our state.  We are honored to be hosting the governor, special guests and especially the citizens of Kentucky for this unveiling ceremony,” said Terry L. Cruse, mayor of Hodgenville.  “All of these events continue to reinforce that, first and foremost, Lincoln was a Kentuckian, and LaRue County was his first home.”

The Kentucky Lincoln Heritage Trail will include directional and highway signage, a brochure, map and Web site detailing sites throughout central Kentucky important to Lincoln’s life, which culminated as our nation’s 16th president.  Twenty-six additional markers will be placed along the trail throughout the spring and summer, all relating President Lincoln’s Kentucky story and highlighting the key people, places and events that influenced his young life.
“We were thrilled with the opportunity to re-establish the Kentucky Lincoln Heritage Trail, which many people may remember first debuted in Kentucky in the early 1960s,” said Donna M. Neary, Heritage Council executive director and state historic preservation officer.  “The sites included in this new interpretation were thoroughly researched and selected based on their direct connection to Lincoln, and together they present an amazing legacy.”

For more information about the Kentucky Lincoln Heritage Trail, call Karen Keown at the Kentucky Heritage Council, 502-564-7005, ext. 131.  Please direct media inquiries about the trail or unveiling event to Diane Comer, 502-564-7005, ext. 120.  For more information about Lincoln events, see

Lincoln Square will be closed to traffic throughout the day, and limited parking will be available along secondary streets.  City and county schools will be closed, so guests are encouraged to park at Hodgenville Elementary School, 33 Eagle Lane, or the LaRue County Middle and High School complex, 911-925 South Lincoln Boulevard.  From there, the National Park Service is providing shuttles that will circulate throughout the day to the birthplace, downtown, and back to the schools.

Media parking is available in the lot behind the Hodgenville Woman’s Club, 19 Lincoln Square.

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An agency of the Kentucky Commerce Cabinet, the Kentucky Heritage Council / State Historic Preservation Office is responsible for the identification, protection and preservation of historic and cultural resources throughout the Commonwealth, in partnership with other state and federal agencies, local communities and interested citizens.  This mission is integral to making communities more livable and has a far-ranging impact on issues as diverse as economic development, jobs creation, affordable housing, tourism, community revitalization, environmental conservation and quality of life.


Last Updated 2/1/2008