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Lincoln sites to be featured at KY Interstate Welcome Centers over July 4 holiday

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, July 01, 2009  
Contact Information:  Diane Comer
(502) 564-7005 Ext. 120

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Travelers stopping at Kentucky interstate welcome centers over the 4th of July weekend will learn what we in the Commonwealth already know and what the state is reminding the rest of the world: that President Abraham Lincoln was, first and foremost, a Kentuckian, born in Hodgenville February 12, 1809.

This weekend, welcome centers in Berea, Bullitt County, Christian County, Florence, Franklin, Grayson, Horse Cave, Paducah, Shelby County and Williamsburg will be featured sites as part of a summer promotion highlighting the Kentucky Lincoln Heritage Trail, a scenic driving route across central Kentucky comprising nearly 20 historic sites that in some way shaped the Lincoln legacy and influenced the president throughout his life.  

As part of state and national Lincoln bicentennial celebrations, last year the Kentucky Heritage Council / State Historic Preservation Office reintroduced the trail.  This summer a 16-week campaign is underway to promote the trail and honor our 16th President.  On Saturday, as happens weekly with each featured site, the first 16 visitors to the designated welcome centers will receive a Lincoln-related prize – a new, specially packaged Lincoln penny commemorating the bicentennial.

Welcome centers are also participating in the Kentucky Lincoln Heritage Trail Passport program by giving out a customized stamp in passport maps proclaiming “Welcome to Kentucky, Birthplace of Abraham Lincoln 1809-2009.”  To begin, travelers acquire a trail map at any Lincoln site or participating welcome center, then collect a passport stamp from each site visited.  Once 10 stamps from any 10 sites are acquired, trailgoers are invited to visit the trail Web site,, to register what Lincoln sites they visited and when.  They then become eligible for the grand-prize drawing for a gift basket worth $200 – in celebration of Lincoln’s 200th birthday – which will take place Labor Day weekend.

Other special events planned this summer include a community day and open house August 15 at the Judge Joseph Holt House in Breckinridge County, when that location will be the featured 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.  Judge Holt’s home was recently acquired by the county through a Kentucky Heritage Council Lincoln preservation project grant, funded by the Kentucky Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, and also named a Legacy Project of Kentucky’s bicentennial celebration by the commission.

The Kentucky Lincoln Heritage Trail is a project of the Kentucky Heritage Council in partnership with the Kentucky Historical Society, Kentucky Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, Kentucky Department of Travel and Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.  Remaining trail sites to be featured throughout the summer promotion are :

July 11: Farmington Historic Plantation, Louisville
July 18: Ashland: The Henry Clay Estate, Lexington
July 25: Old Fort Harrod State Park, Harrodsburg
August 1: Kentucky State Capitol, Frankfort
August 15: Judge Joseph Holt House
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 7/1/2009