Detailed guide of Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Site In southern Kentucky
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Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Site
In southern Kentucky, south of Louisville
Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States, was born on Sinking Spring Farm on February 12, 1809, and today nearly one-third of the farm is preserved at this National Historic Site. The memorial overlooks Sinking Spring, the water source for the original 348-acre property. In 1911 the Lincoln Farm Association added a neoclassical-style shrine for the symbolic birthplace cabin, and in 2001 the park added the Abraham Lincoln Boyhood Home at Knob Creek, which preserves the site of Lincoln's home from ages 2 to 7. The park was authorized July 17, 1916 and designated as a national historical site on September 8, 1959.
WHAT TO SEE & DO
Hiking, picnicking, touring the grounds, viewing 18-minute video. Facilities: Visitor center, outdoor interpretive exhibits and signs, movie, self-guided tours, hiking trails. Bookstore, covered picnic tables with fire grills, picnic tables. Programs & Events: Self-guided tours, daily interpretive talks. Musical tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (Sun. before holiday in Jan. at 2), wreath-laying ceremony at symbolic birthplace cabin (Feb. 12, 1:30), founding of the National Park Service (Aug. 25), U.S. Constitution Week (Sept. 17). Tips & Hints: Go July-Aug. for the best weather; visit Dec. and Jan. to avoid crowds.
FOOD, LODGING & SUPPLIES
Camping: None at site. In Elizabethtown: KOA (209 Tunnel Hill Rd., tel. 270/737-7600; 800/562-7605 reservations; 70 sites, 3 cabins; $15-$27, $40 cabins; flush toilets, showers, hook-ups). S Hotels: None in park. In Elizabethtown: Best Western Cardinal Inn (642 E. Dixie Ave., at Exit 91, off 1-65, tel. 270/765-6139; 47 rooms; $75). X Restaurants: None in park. In Hodgenville: Joel Rays (2579 Lincoln Farm Rd./U.S. 31 E, tel. 270/358-3545; $5). 6 Groceries: None in park. In Hodgenville: Save-A-Lot Foodstore (102 S. Lincoln Dr., tel. 270/358-3108).
FEES, HOURS, & REGULATIONS
Entrance fee: Free. No unleashed pets. No bikes, horses, or motorized equipment on trails. No hunting. Park and visitor center open Memorial Day-Labor Day, daily 8-6:45; Labor Day-Memorial Day, daily 8-4:45. Knob Creek open Apr.-Oct., daily 8:30-4:30.
HOW TO GET THERE
3 mi south of Hodgenville, on U.S. 31 E via Rte. 61. Closest airport: Louisville (55 mi).
Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Site (2995 Lincoln Farm Rd., Hodgenville, KY 42748, tel. 270/358-3137, fax 270/358-3874,). LaRue County Chamber of Commerce (58 Lincoln Sq., Box 176, Hodgenville, KY 42748, tel. 270/358-3411, fax 270/358—8978, ).
Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Site In southern Kentucky, south of Louisville. Detailed guide of Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Site In southern Kentucky