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KY Lincoln Heritage Trail Capital City Spotlight Day planned Saturday in Frankfort

Press Release Date:  Thursday, July 30, 2009  
Contact Information:  Diane Comer
(502) 564-7005 Ext. 120

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Three Frankfort locations will be featured in a special promotion from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, August 1 highlighting the Kentucky Lincoln Heritage Trail and passport program.  Visitors can collect a stamp in their Kentucky Lincoln Heritage Trail Passport at the Kentucky State Capitol, Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History or Frankfort/Franklin County Tourist and Convention Commission at 100 Capital Avenue, the latter of which will also give a free Lincoln prize to the first 16 visitors of the day – a copy of the book Frankfort in Pictures.

The Kentucky Lincoln Heritage Trail is a scenic driving route across central Kentucky made up of historic sites that in some way shaped the Lincoln legacy and influenced the president throughout his life.  The Kentucky Lincoln Heritage Trail Capital City Spotlight Day is the latest in a summer promotion highlighting 16 sites along the trail over 16 weeks, in honor of our nation’s 16th president.

As part of state and national Abraham Lincoln bicentennial celebrations, the Kentucky Heritage Council / State Historic Preservation Office reintroduced the trail last summer in partnership with the Kentucky Historical Society, Kentucky Department of Travel and Kentucky Transportation Cabinet under the auspices of the Kentucky Lincoln Bicentennial Commission.  Travelers may acquire a passport map at any Lincoln site or participating Kentucky interstate welcome center and collect a passport stamp from each site visited.  Once 10 stamps are gathered from any 10 locations, trailgoers are invited to visit the trail Web site,, and log their visits to become eligible for the grand-prize gift basket drawing which will take place Labor Day weekend.

Other special events planned this summer include a community day and open house from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (C.D.T.) August 15 at the Judge Joseph Holt House in Breckinridge County, when that location will be the featured Kentucky Lincoln Heritage Trail site.  Judge Holt served as Judge Advocate General under President Lincoln and also presided over the trial of the Lincoln conspirators following his assassination.  Late last year the home was acquired by the county through a Kentucky Heritage Council Lincoln preservation project grant, funded by the Kentucky Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, and it was also named a Legacy Project of Kentucky’s bicentennial by the commission.

Remaining trail sites to be featured during the summer promotion are:

  • August 15: Judge Joseph Holt House, KY 144 north of Hardinsburg
  • August 22: Whitehall State Historic Site, Richmond
  • August 29: Sarah Bush Johnston Lincoln Memorial Cabin, Elizabethtown
  • September 4: The Lincoln Museum and Lincoln Statue, Hodgenville

Information about stamp locations and hours is available at the Kentucky Heritage Council Web site,  Trailgoers are also invited to upload their photos to share at the Kentucky Lincoln Heritage Trail flickr site,

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An agency of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, the Kentucky Heritage Council / State Historic Preservation Office is responsible for the identification, protection and preservation of prehistoric resources and historic buildings, sites 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 7/30/2009