Snowy Range Pass

Snowy Range Pass

Monday, September 30, 2013

Lincoln in Kentucky

There are two national sites very close to Bardstown, KY  These are the national monuments which  mark the location of Abraham Lincoln's birthplace and his boyhood home in Kentucky.  The Lincoln family had a very interesting history before Abraham's father and family found its way to the farm at Sinking Creek Kentucky.  But that was just the beginning for a now famous son and American legend.  Most of what is known about his youth was provided by recollections from Lincoln himself.  His childhood was to be a precursor for a difficult and troubled life, but it was also what gave him the convictions that would carry him through the Civil War struggles.

Nearly 100 years after Lincoln moved from Sinking Springs, the cabin that is generally accepted as his log cabin home there was placed in a memorial building and preserved for future generations.  The grounds contain the Sinking Spring where Lincoln would have gathered water for the family and the grounds provide walking trails with markers describing historical information. 

Just a short distance down the road is the farm at Knob Creek, where the Lincoln's moved after a dispute over ownership of Sinking Creek.  Here Lincoln lived until 1816. Lincoln commented while he was President that Knob Creek was his first real memories of his childhood. The site of the historical park sits on the land that the Lincoln's farmed and displays the crops and other artifacts that provides some idea of the life he lived on the farm.  The log cabin on the site dates to the period of their occupation but did not belong to the Lincoln's.  It is a quiet setting to feel and think about this now long past time.  

Our last stop on this trip was the Seven Points COE campground just east of Nashville, TN.  It was a bit out of the way for an overnight, but it was a beautiful location.  It was the perfect final stop before heading home.

Our plans for our next trip in a week or so are pretty well set.  We will be first heading to Blairsville, GA where we hope to meet Karen and AL and check out the local sites.  Then a quick visit with our grandson and family and finally we will be attending the Good Sam Rally in Hampton, GA at the speedway.


Marsha Weaver said...

I love anything dealing with history. Lincoln is one my favorite presidents. I would really enjoy this area.

Every COE we have stayed in has been gorgeous. Just can't go wrong with these campgrounds.

Safe travels.

Jim and Sandie said...

Final Jeopardy tonight had Lincoln being born in Kentucky as part of it's answer. Now if I had just read your post before they asked the question. Hope you get to meet Karen and Al.

Mike and Terri said...

We really enjoy visiting historical sites. That COE has some great views!

Paul and Marti Dahl said...

That cabin is so small. I guess families back then were really "close". They'd probably enjoy your View, thinking it is so roomy! :c)

Nice history lesson, another gem of America's past.

Al and Karen said...

We visited both sites our first year at Amazon, its not too far from Campbellsville. Very nice sites. I love the Kentucky countryside.

Big EZ Travels said...

Interesting history as I didn't know Lincoln was born in Kentucky and I thought the cabin was in Illinois. Looks like a lovely place to visit. Good thing you went before everything shut down!

Say hi to Karen and Al for us.

Gail Houle said...

We've stayed at Seven Points several times. Love that park but it's hard to get reservations for more than a couple days in the middle of the week. The locals love it also and book every weekend far in advance :)

Rick Doyle said...

Interesting history of one of the giants of American history. Thanks for posting all the great photos.

Sherry said...

Really nice post on the Lincoln sites. Most folks think he was from Illinois because that's where he was elected to congress. What would he think of this junk going on now I wonder.

We stayed at 7 Points and also really loved it although the water front sites were under water last time we were there. SO much rain.

Sounds like a good trip coming up.

Bob and Jo said...

Great info, we need to visit this area. There are a lot of Lincoln sites across the country.