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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.

Although Lincoln lived in Kentucky but a short period of time, much of his life was predicated on his relationships to Kentucky and its people. And the circumstances and issues that surrounded him, divided this country into a bloody Civil War, and shaped our country after that war are very much a part of the Kentucky story.

We invite you to rediscover the Abraham Lincoln story here in Kentucky. Visit the birthplace of Abraham Lincoln at the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park, and the Abraham Lincoln Boyhood Home, as well as other sites on the Lincoln Heritage Trail that shed light on more Abraham Lincoln background information.

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Mary Todd Lincoln House, Lexington, KY
Region 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...
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...
Harrodsburg
Region Harrodsburg, KY
A full-scale replica of the fort, built by James Harrod in 1774, is the centerpiece of this park. Cabins and blockhouses are furnished with handmade utensils, furniture, crude...
Battlefield Museum
Region Perryville, KY
Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site is a 745-acre park, making it the largest preserved Civil War battlefield in the state of Kentucky. The interpretive museum is ...
Region Frankfort, KY
Find out what it means to say "I am a Kentuckian" in this 167,000 square-foot museum and research facility. Dig in with live performances, interactive exhibits and dynami...
Region Richmond, KY
Home of Cassius Marcellus Clay, fiery emancipationist, publisher and U.S. minister to Russia appointed by Abraham Lincoln. Forty-four-room Italianate mansion. Features loom ho...
Abraham Lincoln
Region Hodgenville, KY
There's Only One...Birthplace of Abraham Lincoln. Built at the location of Lincoln's birth the solid marble, neoclassical monument houses the symbolic cabin of Lincoln's birth...
Region Hodgenville, KY
Privately owned until November 2001, the Abraham Lincoln Boyhood Home at Knob Creek is now part of the National Park System as a unit of Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Hi...
Region Lexington, KY
The magnificent 18-room mansion stands in the heart of one of Lexington's most beautiful residential districts, a reminder of the rich heritage left by Henry Clay and his dece...
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 ...
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