Lincoln Tour is today

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By The Staff

Staff Report

HODGENVILLE – A progressive tour of historic central Kentucky sites that have a direct connection to President Abraham Lincoln or the lives of his family and friends will take place today.

Visitors to the sites will be able to explore Lincoln’s roots, talk with state and national park staff, and visit the Lincoln Museum in Hodgenville for an in-depth exploration of the Lincoln family’s early years in Washington and LaRue counties.

All sites are among the nearly 20 featured in the Kentucky Lincoln Heritage Trail, a scenic tour highlighting the Kentucky people, places and events that influenced the president during his life. Those interested may join the free tour at any point during the day.

A highlight will take place at the tour’s conclusion with a prize drawing for those registered in the Kentucky Lincoln Heritage Trail Passport Program. This month’s prize is a gift basket with items donated by tour sites in Springfield and Hodgenville, including the new Lincoln Legacy Tasting Tour Cookbook published by Springfield Main Street/Renaissance and the book “Abraham Lincoln: A Living Legacy” published by the National Park Service.

Here’s a look at today’s tour:

  •  10 a.m. – The tour begins in Springfield at Lincoln Homestead State Park.  The tour will feature the home of Abraham Lincoln’s mother, Nancy Hanks, as well as replicas of the 1782 cabin and blacksmith shop where Lincoln’s father, Thomas, was raised and learned his trade. The tour includes the home of Lincoln’s paternal uncle, Mordecai. This house is the only existing structure owned and occupied by a member of the Lincoln family in Kentucky that still stands on its original site.
  • Noon-1:30 p.m. – The tour moves next to the Mordecai’s on Main restaurant in Springfield.  Ron D. Bryant, Kentucky author and historian, has been invited to offer his perspective on Abraham Lincoln’s Kentucky years. The cost for the luncheon is $9.99 plus tax.  Reservations are required and space is limited.
  • 2:30 p.m. – The tour resumes in Hodgenville at the Lincoln Museum which includes 12 dioramas showing pivotal times in Abraham Lincoln’s life.
  •  4 p.m. – Visit the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Site near Hodgenville for a special tour which will conclude in the Visitor Center with the monthly drawing for the Lincoln Heritage Trail Passport prize.

To be eligible for the drawing, travelers may pick up a Kentucky Lincoln Heritage Trail Passport map at any Lincoln Trail site.  Present the passport at any site for a customized stamp, then once 10 stamps from any 10 sites are accumulated, the passport holder can register for a free monthly prize drawing.  Best of all, trail goers will get a free Kentucky Lincoln Heritage Trail window cling for their car or home.

Drawings take place on the 12th of each month until the grand prize drawing on the bicentennial of Lincoln’s birth, Feb. 12, 2009.  During Sunday’s tour visitors can collect three of the necessary 10 stamps and drop off completed entries for that day’s drawing.

- For tour information, to register for the tour or lunch, or to receive a passport for the Kentucky Lincoln Heritage Trail, call 270-358-3137 or email Sandy_Brue@nps.gov.

- For more information about the Kentucky Lincoln Heritage Trail, visit www.kylincolntrail.com.