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Near Springfield in Washington County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

The Nancy Hanks Memorial

 
 
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By Bernard Fisher, August 17, 2011
1. The Nancy Hanks Memorial Marker
Inscription. The Nancy Hanks Memorial was constructed to honor the mother of President Abraham Lincoln. The native limestone memorial was dedicated on June 12, 1935, the 129th anniversary of the marriage between Thomas Lincoln and Nancy Hanks.

Three young Women represented the three states with ties to President Lincoln. Clarice Nichols of Danville, Kentucky, Mary Ann Martin of Salem, Illinois, and Alice A. Baylor of Speed, Indiana, removed the flag covering the monumentís plaque. With the unveiling, the Nancy Hanks Memorial was officially dedicated.

The dedication was only part of the daylong celebration. The elaborate program included speakers from Kentucky, Illinois and Indiana, a chicken and country ham dinner and a reenactment of the Lincoln-Hanks wedding. The spirits of the large crowd and those of the wedding party remained high despite the rain that delayed the program several times.

Alt of the wedding participants wore authentic period attire. Marion Campbell portrayed Nancy Hanks. James Gregory was Thomas Lincoln. Reverend J. R. McAfee of the Springfield Methodist Church stood in for the Reverend Jesse Head. The dayís festivities ended with a wedding ball, which followed the reenactment of the marriage ceremony.

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Kentucky Lincoln Heritage Trail

1809
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By Bernard Fisher, August 17, 2011
2. The Nancy Hanks Memorial Marker
Abraham Lincoln born at Sinking Spring farm, in present-day Larue County, Kentucky.
1816 Lincoln family moved from Kentucky.
1841 Abraham Lincoln visited his friend Joshua Speed at Farmington, the Speed family plantation, in Louisville, Kentucky.
1842 Abraham Lincoln married Mary Todd of Lexington, Kentucky.
1847 The Lincoln family visited Lexington, Kentucky, en route to Abrahamís only term in Congress.
1860 Abraham Lincoln elected President of the United States in November.
1865 Abraham Lincoln assassinated at Fordís Theatre in Washington, D.C.

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Erected by Kentucky Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission.
 
Location. 37° 45.656′ N, 85° 12.881′ W. Marker is near Springfield, Kentucky, in Washington County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Beechland Road (Kentucky Route 438) and Lincoln Park Road (Kentucky Route 528), on
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By Bernard Fisher, August 17, 2011
3. The Nancy Hanks Memorial
the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Located in Lincoln Homestead State Park‎. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5079 Lincoln Park Road, Springfield KY 40069, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lincoln Homestead State Park (a few steps from this marker); The Berry Cabin (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Lincoln Homestead State Park (a few steps from this marker); The Lincoln Cabin (a few steps from this marker); The Lincolns Move West (within shouting distance of this marker); Nancy Hanks and Thomas Lincoln (within shouting distance of this marker); The Marriage of Nancy & Thomas Lincoln (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Lincoln Cabin (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Springfield.
 
More about this marker. On the lower left is a photo with the caption, "Supported by their maids of honor, Miss Indiana, Miss Kentucky and Miss Illinois face the Nancy Hanks Legend Scroll as the Benediction of God is invoked by the Rev. O. W. Baylor, President of Washington County Historical Society." © The Courier-Journal

On the lower right is a photo with the caption, "The reenactment of the wedding of Nancy
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By Bernard Fisher, August 17, 2011
4. The Nancy Hanks Legend Scroll
In Memory of
Nancy Hanks
Mother of Abraham Lincoln
Born 1783. Resident of Washington County
From 1790 to 1806. Died 1818.
“All I am and ever hope to be
I owe to my angel mother”
A. Lincoln
Hanks and Thomas Lincoln was the highlight of the day-long program held to dedicate the Nancy Hanks Memorial at the park then owned by the Washington County Historical Society." © The Courier-Journal
 
Also see . . .
1. Lincoln Homestead State Park. Kentucky State Parks (Submitted on August 20, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 

2. Kentucky Lincoln Heritage Trail. (Submitted on August 21, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 20, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 745 times since then and 54 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 20, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
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