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Abraham Lincoln

Kentucky Lincoln Heritage TrailWe're all probably familiar with the Abraham Lincoln background story – he served as the sixteenth President of the United States, and is one of the most iconic figures in the history of our nation. Kentucky is the birthplace of Abraham Lincoln, a man whose legacy is still vigorously discussed and debated even today.

Lincoln lived in Kentucky for only a short period of time, time during his childhood before his family moved to Illinois. However, much of his life was predicated on his relationships to Kentucky and its people in general. The circumstances and major issues that surrounded him, divided this country into a bloody Civil War, and shaped the nation during Reconstruction are very much a part of the Kentucky story.

We invite you to rediscover the full timeline of the Abraham Lincoln story here in Kentucky. Visit the birthplace of Abraham Lincoln at the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park to view the spot where Lincoln was born, and learn facts about this great American leader at the Abraham Lincoln Boyhood Home, as well as other historic sites on the Lincoln Heritage Trail that shed light on more Abraham Lincoln background information.

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Northern Kentucky River Region Louisville, KY
Completed in 1816, Farmington was the center of a 550 acre hemp plantation owned by the Speed family and sustained by nearly 60 enslaved African Americans. Abraham Lincoln, a ...
Northern Kentucky River Region Elizabethtown, KY
Since opening its doors in the fall of 2003, the Hardin County History Museum has been collecting and preserving artifacts, documents and other memorabilia that tells the s...
Bourbon, Horses & History Frankfort, KY
Guided tours. Reservations for groups suggested. Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30am-3:00pm, closed weekends. Guided tours will be given on the hour and half hour on weekdays . Only...
Northern Kentucky River Region Springfield, KY
CALL: 859-336-7461 Lincoln Homestead State Park in Springfield, Kentucky features the original home of Lincoln’s mother, as well as replicas of the 1782 cabin and b...
Northern Kentucky River Region Springfield, KY
The Lincoln Legacy Museum is located in the historic 1816 Washington County Courthouse.  The museum tells the complete story of Lincoln’s life, beginning with his m...
Northern Kentucky River Region Louisville, KY
The Lincoln Memorial at Waterfront Park uses sculptural elements, artistic expression, and Abraham Lincoln’s own words to convey Lincoln’s lifelong ties to Kentuck...
Northern Kentucky River Region Hodgenville, KY
The museum's main exhibits include a dozen dioramas of pivotal times in the life of the sixteenth president of the United States. The Lincoln Museum's exhibits are historicall...
Military Discount Available
Bourbon, Horses & History Lexington, KY
The Mary Todd Lincoln House is the girlhood home of the wife of Abraham Lincoln. She brought her husband and children to visit the Todd family here in 1847. The first histor...
Military Discount Available
Northern Kentucky River Region Springfield, KY
The house, built in 1797 by Mordecai Lincoln,  is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  The house is the only existing structure owned and occupied by...
Bourbon, Horses & History Harrodsburg, KY
A full-scale replica of the fort built by James Harrod in 1774 is the centerpiece of Old Fort Harrod State Park in Harrodsburg, KY. Cabins and blockhouses are furnished with h...
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