Hardin County History Museum has joined the Col. John Hardin Chapter of the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution and the Jacob Van Meter Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution in their efforts to raise money for the American Revolution Patriots Memorial project.
The memorial consists of a 7½-foot high obelisk that can accommodate up to 250 patriots’ names and sits on a granite base. Names of people from the original Hardin County boundaries — which included what now are LaRue, Breckinridge, Meade and Grayson counties — will be engraved.
“We are proud to honor Hardin County’s first patriots with the American Revolution Patriots Memorial,” said John Humphries of the SAR. “The Freeman Lake site will enable SAR and DAR members to remember their ancestors.”
The obelisk will be surrounded by a rectangular bed of red bricks that may be purchased for $125 each and engraved with the name of patriots not certified to be on the obelisk.
Humphries said it is expected the memorial will be in place by Independence Day 2021.
Hardin County History Museum President Bill Bennett thanked the city of Elizabethtown, which is providing a site for the monument at Freeman Lake Park next to the small Vietnam veterans memorial near the tennis courts. City staff also will lay the foundation work.
“The city has been instrumental,” he said.
Bennett said the SAR meets monthly at the museum and the DAR has workshops in the building.
“We provide a meeting place for the SAR and DAR and many people who are researching names of ancestors like the American Revolution ancestors. ... They get it here at the Ancestral Trails Research Library. Not only are we a depository for artifacts and documents and antiquities, we are also a research library as well.”
That tie-in is part of the reason the history museum wanted to be involved with the project. Organizers intend for the memorial to provide a community forum for education events to explain revolutionary history and to promote patriotism.
Anyone interested in making a donation or seeking information can contact Humphries at firstname.lastname@example.org. Bennett said they also can reach out to the Hardin County History Museum at 270-763-8339.