Elizabethtown, founded in 1779, is full of history from the Native Americans and pioneer settlers, to the Civil War and beyond. If you enjoy history you will enjoy a trip to Elizabethtown.
E-town, as we call it, features many wonderful museums like The Swope Cars of Yesteryear, The Brown-Pusey House, the Kentucky High School Basketball Hall of Fame, and the Hardin County History Museum with exhibits of minerals, early settlers, medicine, civil war, local schools, local military, etc. The building in which the museum is housed is on the national historic register. The community also has strong ties to Abraham Lincoln. His father assisted in building a log cabin that sits beside Freeman Lake Park.
The Elizabethtown Downtown Heritage Council assists in sponsoring events year round such as the Zombie Fest, Breakfast with Santa, Christmas Parade, Light Up Downtown, and Christmas In The Park from late November through the end of December. Come and take part in the festivities the Second Saturday of every month when the downtown stays open late with opportunities to shop, eat and enjoy some local entertainment . . . don't miss it . . . from Noon til 8:00 p.m., and sometimes later, year round !!
The story of the cannon ball is one of Elizabethtown’s most interesting. Be sure to check it out while you are in town. A Historic Downtown Costumed Walking Tour takes place each summer from June through September, every Thursday night at 7:00 p.m.on the downtown Square. Local community members dress up and portray different characters such as Philip Arnold, Ginny Lynn, General Custer, etc. In conjunction with the weekly walking tour, don't miss our NEW "Tavern in the Garden" at the Brown-Pusey House from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. featuring a period bar with food and live music !
Come and see what Elizabethtown has in store for you! For more information on the community and its history, contact the Elizabethtown Tourism and Convention Bureau at 1-800-437-0092.