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Kentucky Lincoln Heritage Trail Summer Promotion 2009 now underway

Press Release Date:  Thursday, May 28, 2009  
Contact Information:  Diane Comer
(502) 564-7005 Ext. 120

FRANKFORT, Ky. – With the arrival of Memorial Day, the 2009 travel season is officially underway – and so is the 2009 Kentucky Lincoln Heritage Trail Summer Promotion, a 16-week campaign in honor of our 16th President.

From now through September 6, one site along the Kentucky Lincoln Heritage Trail will be highlighted weekly.  Each Saturday, the first 16 visitors to the designated site will receive a special Lincoln-related prize such as a hat, mug or other items commemorating the bicentennial of Lincoln’s birth.  Visitors this past Saturday kicked-off the promotion at the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park in LaRue County, where Lincoln was born February 12, 1809.

Visitors may also participate in the Kentucky Lincoln Heritage Trail Passport Program.  Start by acquiring a passport map at any Lincoln site or participating Kentucky Interstate Welcome Center, then collect a customized passport stamp from each site visited.  Once 10 stamps from any 10 sites are acquired, trailgoers can visit to register what 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 in conjunction with the Labor Day holiday.

New this year, welcome centers in Bullitt County, Christian County, Florence, Franklin, Grayson, Horse Cave, Paducah, Shelby County and Williamsburg will be passport stamp locations with a special customized stamp proclaiming “Welcome to Kentucky, Birthplace of Abraham Lincoln 1809-2009.”

The Kentucky Lincoln Heritage Trail is a scenic driving trail across central Kentucky highlighting historic sites that in some way shaped the Lincoln legacy and influenced the president throughout his life.  Each site is an opportunity for visitors to see and learn first-hand about the Kentucky places important in the life of Lincoln, his family and friends.  The trail is a project of the Kentucky Heritage Council/State Historic Preservation Office in partnership with the Kentucky Historical Society, Kentucky Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, Kentucky Department of Travel and Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. 

Following is the calendar of featured trail sites:

May 30: Kentucky Historical Society at the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History, Frankfort

June 6: Two locations – Lincoln Homestead State Park and Mordecai Lincoln House, Springfield

June 13: Mary Todd Lincoln House, Lexington

June 20: Camp Nelson Civil War Heritage Park and National Cemetery, Jessamine County

June 27: Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site, Perryville

July 4: Kentucky Welcome Centers (10 prize locations)

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 (stamp site - Breckinridge County Courthouse)

August 22: Whitehall State Historic Site, Richmond

August 29: The Lincoln Heritage House Museum, 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 share their photos 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 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 5/28/2009