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Get your PASSPORT to Travel the Trail!

Kentucky Lincoln Heritage Trail logoHeritage tourism is all about promoting the things that make Kentucky special and give us a unique identity.  Taking this a step further, creating heritage trails is a way of marketing destinations based on a particular theme – i.e. the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, the Kentucky Barbecue and Bluegrass Trail, and now the Kentucky Lincoln Heritage Trail.

The Kentucky Lincoln Heritage Trail Passport Program rewards visitors and encourages travelers to make Kentucky and the heritage trail their destination.  How does it work?

  • First, get your Lincoln Heritage Trail PASSPORT MAP at any Kentucky Lincoln site or participating interstate welcome center - Bullitt County, Christian County, Florence, Franklin, Grayson, Horse Cave, Paducah, Shelby County and Williamsburg
  • Visit any of these Lincoln sites and receive a customized Lincoln Trail stamp on your passport from that site
  • Once 10 stamps from any 10 sites are acquired, trailgoers can visit www.kylincolntrail.com to register what sites they visited and when.  They then become eligible for the grand-prize drawing for a gift basket worth $200 – in celebration of Lincoln’s 200th birthday – which will take place in conjunction with the Labor Day holiday

Also visit any of these Lincoln sites and receive a free Kentucky Lincoln Heritage Trail window cling for your car!

Passport prize giveaway dates and locations

The 2009 Kentucky Lincoln Heritage Trail Summer Promotion is a 16-week campaign in honor of our 16th President.  From now through September 6, one site along the Kentucky Lincoln Heritage Trail will be highlighted weekly.  Each Saturday, the first 16 visitors to the designated site will receive a special Lincoln-related prize such as a hat, mug or other items commemorating the bicentennial of Lincoln’s birth. 

Following is the calendar of featured sites:

May 23: Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park
Passport Stamp and Prize Location:
Visitor Center
2995 Lincoln Farm Road, Hodgenville, Kentucky
Operating Hours on Saturday, May 23rd: 8:00 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. (EDT)
For more information on this site, go to  http://www.nps.gov/abli/index.htm

May 30: Kentucky Historical Society at the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History
Passport Stamp and Prize Location:
Museum Visitor Information Desk
100 West Broadway Frankfort, Kentucky
Operating Hours on Saturday, May 30th : 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (EDT)
For more information on this site, go to  http://history.ky.gov/index.php

June 6: Historic Springfield (2 prize locations)
Lincoln Homestead State Park & Mordecai Lincoln House 
Passport Stamp and Prize Location:
Lincoln Homestead Gift Shop
5079 Lincoln Park Road, Springfield, Kentucky
Operating Hours on Saturday, June 6th : 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. (EDT)
For more information on this site, go to  http://parks.ky.gov/findparks/recparks/lh/

Passport Stamp and Prize Location:
Springfield Opera House, Lincoln Heritage Room – 1st Floor
124 West Main Street in downtown Springfield, Kentucky
Operating Hours on Saturday, June 6th : 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (EDT)
For more information on this site, go to   http://www.springfieldky.org/attractions.html

June 13: Mary Todd Lincoln House
Passport Stamp and Prize Location:
Mary Todd Lincoln House
578 West Main Street, Lexington, Kentucky
Operating Hours on Saturday, June 13th : 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (EDT)
(Please note last tour leaves at 3:00 p.m.)
F
or more information on this site, go to www.mtlhouse.org

June 20:  Camp Nelson Civil War Heritage Park and National Cemetery
Passport Stamp and Prize Location:
Gift Shop in the Interpretive Center
6614 Old Danville Road, Nicholasville, Kentucky
Operating Hours on Saturday, June 20th: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (EDT)
For more information on this site, go to www.campnelson.org

June 27: Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site, Kentucky State Parks
Passport Stamp and Prize Location:
Museum Store Information Desk
1825 Battlefield Drive, Perryville, Kentucky
Operating Hours on Saturday, June 27thth : 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (EDT)
For more information on this site, go to  http://parks.ky.gov/findparks/histparks/pb/

July 4: Kentucky Welcome Centers (10 prize locations)
Passport Stamp and Prize Location:
Bullitt County Welcome Center Visitor Information Desk
I-65 Southbound @ mile marker 114
Operating Hours on Saturday, July 4th: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (EDT)

Passport Stamp and Prize Location:
Christian County Welcome Center Visitor Information Desk
I-24 Westbound @ mile marker 92
Operating Hours on Saturday, July 4th: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (CDT)

Passport Stamp and Prize Location:
Florence Welcome Center Visitor Information Desk
I-75/I-71 Southbound @ mile marker 177
Operating Hours on Saturday, July 4th: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (EDT)

Passport Stamp and Prize Location:
Horse Cave Welcome Center Visitor Information Desk
I-65 Northbound @ mile marker 60
I-65 Southbound @ mile marker 60
Operating Hours on Saturday, July 4th: 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (CDT)

Passport Stamp and Prize Location:
Franklin Welcome Center Visitor Information Desk
I-65 Northbound @ mile marker 0
Operating Hours on Saturday, July 4th: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (CDT)

Passport Stamp and Prize Location:
Grayson Welcome Center Visitor Information Desk
I-64 Westbound @ mile marker 171
Operating Hours on Saturday, July 4th: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (EDT)

Passport Stamp and Prize Location:
Shelby County Welcome Center Visitor Information Desk
I-64 Eastbound @ mile marker 28
Operating Hours on Saturday, July 4th: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (EDT)

Passport Stamp and Prize Location:
Whitehaven (Paducah) Welcome Center Visitor Information Desk
I-24 Eastbound @ exit 7
Operating Hours on Saturday, July 4th: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (CDT)

Passport Stamp and Prize Location:
Williamsburg Welcome Center Visitor Information Desk
I-75 Northbound @ mile marker 1.5
Operating Hours on Saturday, July 4th: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (EDT)

July 11: Farmington Historic Plantation
Passport Stamp and Prize Location:
Farmington Visitors Center
3033 Bardstown Road, Louisville, Kentucky 
Operating Hours on Saturday, July 11th: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (EDT)
For more information, go to www.historichomes.org

July 18: Ashland: The Henry Clay Estate 
Passport Stamp and Prize Location:
Ashland Museum Store
120 Sycamore Road, Lexington, Kentucky 
Operating Hours on Saturday, July 18th: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (EDT)
For more information, go to www.henryclay.org

July 25: Old Ft. Harrod State Park, Kentucky State Parks
Passport Stamp and Prize Location:
Fort Ticket Gate
100 South College Street, Harrodsburg, Kentucky 
Operating Hours on Saturday, July 25th: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  (EDT)
For more information, go to http://parks.ky.gov/findparks/recparks/fh/

August 1: Frankfort – Kentucky State Capitol 
Passport Stamp and Prize Location:
Frankfort/Franklin County Visitors Center 
100 Capitol Avenue, Frankfort, Kentucky 
Operating Hours on Saturday, August 1st: 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. (EDT)
For more information, go to www.visitfrankfort.com

August 15: Judge Joseph Holt House - Breckinridge County
Community Day and Open House!

Passport Stamp and Prize Location:
Judge Joseph Holt House, U.S. 60 four miles east of Cloverport; exit U.S. 60 onto KY 144 north, travel six miles
Saturday, August 15th: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (CDT)
For more information, go to
http://www.visitbreckinridgecountyky.com/ or click here for more information 

August 22: White Hall State Historic Site, Kentucky State Parks
Passport Stamp and Prize Location:
White Hall Welcome Center/Gift Shop
500 White Hall Shrine Road, Richmond, Kentucky
Operating Hours on Saturday, August 22nd: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (EDT)
For more information, go to http://parks.ky.gov/findparks/histparks/wh/

August 29: Sarah Bush Johnston Lincoln Memorial Cabin
Passport Stamp and Prize Location:
Sarah Bush Johnston Lincoln Memorial Cabin at Freeman Lake Park,
¼ mile east of US 31-W, Elizabethtown, Kentucky
Operating Hours on Saturday, August 29nd: 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (EDT)
For more information, go to http://www.touretown.com/sarahbush.shtml or www.hardinkyhistory.org

September 4: The Lincoln Museum & Lincoln Statue
Passport Stamp and Prize Location:
Lincoln Museum/Gift Shop
66 Lincoln Square, Hodgenville, Kentucky
Operating Hours on Saturday, September 4th: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (EDT)
For more information, go to http://lincolnmuseum-ky.org/Index.html

About the Kentucky Lincoln Heritage Trail
 

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear at the unveiling of the new Kentucky Lincoln Heritage Trail in Hodgenville February 12, 2008.The Kentucky Lincoln Heritage Trail is a scenic driving trail through central Kentucky that highlights historic sites associated with President Abraham Lincoln and the family and friends who influenced him throughout his lifetime.  Considered our nation's finest president, Lincoln was - first and foremost - a Kentuckian, born in Hodgenville on February 12, 1809. 

The trail features 27 markers at signature historic sites in Hodgenville, Lexington, Louisville, Frankfort, Elizabethtown, Nicholasville, Springfield and Richmond as well as additional sites across the state that illuminate Lincoln’s life.

This newest incarnation is actually an updated and more historically accurate re-interpretation of the original Lincoln Trail, introduced by the American Petroleum Institute in 1963 through Kentucky, Illinois and Indiana as a way to encourage greater gasoline use.  Many travelers fondly remember those brown highway signs designed to look like a penny, a few of which are still around today.

The new Kentucky Lincoln Heritage Trail showcases Lincoln’s life as a boy and challenges visitors to think about how these places set the stage for the man President Lincoln would become.  Other sites are historical settings where Lincoln's family and friends made their home and where Lincoln often visited.  It is these places that make Kentucky’s Lincoln story unique compared with Indiana or Illinois:

  • It is Kentucky where historians believe Lincoln first encountered the enslaved
  • It is Kentucky where battles of the Civil War actually took place
  • It is Kentucky that gives visitors the experience of the Underground Railroad and how close, yet how far away the journey to freedom must have seemed
  • And, it is Kentucky where you can visit the places where President Lincoln’s strong and influential relationships were formed, such as those with Mary Todd, Joshua Speed and Henry Clay

The Kentucky Lincoln Heritage Trail features highway signage, a map and Web site.  By developing these trails, Kentucky is utilizing our historic sites as economic assets as well as highlighting many facets of our state’s history.

The trail is a project of the Kentucky Heritage Council/State Historic Preservation Office in partnership with the Kentucky Historical Society, Kentucky Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, Kentucky Department of Tourism and Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. 

 

 

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