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Friday events to celebrate designation of Lincoln Heritage Scenic Highway as a National Scenic Byway

Press Release Date:  Thursday, October 22, 2009  
Contact Information:  Diane Comer
(502) 564-7005 Ext. 120

FRANKFORT – A series of press conferences and community observances is planned Friday, October 23 to celebrate recent designation of the Lincoln Heritage Scenic Highway from Hodgenville through Danville as a National Scenic Byway.  The Lincoln Heritage Scenic Highway is a 71-mile stretch of US 31E and US 150 that also passes through New Haven, Bardstown, Springfield and Perryville.

Designation of this highway was announced Oct. 16 by the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration and Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, which administer the program.  Nomination of the region was a two-year undertaking sponsored by LaRue county government with the assistance of Preservation Kentucky, Inc., and the Rural Heritage Development Initiative.

Friday events get underway at 9 a.m. in Perryville, inside City Hall along Historic Merchant’s Row.  Next, the celebration will move to:

10:30 a.m. – Springfield, downtown in the historic Washington County Courthouse

1 p.m. – Bardstown, in the lobby of the historic Nelson County Courthouse

2:30 p.m. – Hodgenville, in the Lincoln Museum

Speakers will include Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet Secretary Marcheta Sparrow, Deputy Secretary Lindy Casebier, Kentucky Heritage Council Executive Director Mark Dennen, local mayors and judge executives and special community guests.

Created in 1991, the National Scenic Byways program is a collaborative effort to help recognize, preserve and enhance selected roads throughout the United States.  To date the program has funded 2,672 projects for state and nationally designated byway routes in 50 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia.

Corridors are recognized as National Scenic Byways based on archaeological, cultural, historic, natural, recreational and scenic qualities.  In addition to the Lincoln Heritage Scenic Highway, Kentucky National Scenic Byways are the Country Music Highway, Red River Gorge Scenic Byway, Wilderness Road Heritage Highway, Kentucky Great River Road, and Woodlands Trace through Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area.  For more about National Scenic Byways, visit  For more about Kentucky's scenic byways, visit

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Preservation Kentucky, Inc. is a membership based, non-profit organization dedicated to preserving Kentucky’s historic resources through education and advocacy.   The Rural Heritage Development Initiative is a rural preservation pilot project to implement preservation-based economic development strategies in eight central Kentucky counties:  Boyle, Green, LaRue, Marion, Mercer, Nelson, Taylor and Washington.  The RHDI is sponsored by Preservation Kentucky, the Kentucky Heritage Council/State Historic Preservation Office, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation and funded through a grant from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation with financial match from private donors and the local communities.  For more information about both, visit

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 10/23/2009