In honor of one of the memorable presidents’ birthday this month, enjoy this montage of locations near Hardin County related to Abraham Lincoln.
Staff photos by Mary Barczak
THE NATIONAL PARK IS LOCATED in Hodgenville, Ky., about 20 miles south of Fort Knox.
THIS MANTEL, LOCATED IN THE LINCOLN ROOM AT THE SABER & QUILL on fort knox, was made by Abraham Lincoln’s father, Thomas, in 1806 and installed in a house he built for Hardin Thomas, two miles from Elizabethtown.
IN 1808, THOMAS LINCOLN PAID $200 CASH FOR 300 ACRES OF LAND in Hodgenville. The land, Sinking Spring Farm, was known for its large limestone spring.
A MEMORIAL SITS WHERE THE LINCOLNS’ CABIN would have been. This is where Abraham was born (in 1809) and spent the first two years of his childhood at Sinking Spring Farm.
WAX FIGURINES OF ABRAHAM AND MARY TODD LINCOLN AT THE LINCOLN MUSEUM DEPICT the infamous night, April 14, 1865, at Ford’s Theatre.
THE LINCOLN FAMILY’S BIBLE IS ON DISPLAY at the visitor center at the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Park. “In regards to this great book, I have but to say it is the best gift God has given to man,” Lincoln said.
THIS CHEST, WHICH SITS IN THE LINCOLN MUSEUM, WAS CARVED by Austin Gollaher. Gollaher saved Lincoln from drowning in a creek close to Knob Creek farm when he was a young boy.
IT WAS DURING HIS TIME LIVING AT THE KNOB CREEK FARM that Lincoln learned about slavery. Some of his neighbors owned slaves and he would see them taken down the road in front of his house. The Lincolns did not approve of slave ownership and even began to attend a different church because of its views on slavery.
THE BOY LINCOLN STATUE WAS INSTALLED in the town square about five years ago.
THIS STATUE IS POSITIONED IN FRONT OF THE LINCOLN MUSEUM in Hodgenville’s town square. The 7-foot tall statue was dedicated in 1909 on the centennial anniversary of Lincoln’s birth.
A COPPER STATUE OF THE YOUNG LINCOLN FAMILY: Thomas, Nancy, Abraham and Sarah, greets visitors at the entrance of the welcome center at the national park.
THIS IS A REPLICA OF THE DERRINGER GUN THAT JOHN WILKES BOOTH USED to shoot Abraham Lincoln with at Ford’s Theatre. The weapon uses lead bullets.