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Hodgenville in Larue County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

Lincoln and Hodgen's Mill

 
 
Lincoln and Hodgen's Mill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Courtesy:: Ginger L. Drenning, September 5, 2012
1. Lincoln and Hodgen's Mill Marker
Inscription. When Abraham Lincoln was born on February 12, 1809, present day Hodgenville was known as Hodgenís Mill. It was settled in 1789 on land owned by Robert Hodgen, owner and operator of the mill. This area also included a tavern and a store. Due east of this settlement was the Kirkpatrick stone house, which was one of the few places that Abraham Lincoln recalled from his early childhood in Kentucky.

Hodgen held several important positions in Hardin County. He was one of the first justices of the Hardin County Court, served as sheriff of Hardin County, and as a member of the state Legislature. Robert Hodgen died almost one year to the day after Abraham Lincolnís birth. Eight years after Hodgenís death, his widow Sarah Larue Hodgen, and their two sons, Isaac and John, filed a petition with the Hardin County Court to establish a town “on the land of Robert Hodgen, deceased, agreeable to a plan submitted, to be called and known by the name of Hodgenville.” The settlement officially became Hodgenville on February 9, 1818. The Lincolns by this time were settled north of the Ohio River in southern Indiana.

[ Insert - 'Robert T. Lincoln' Letter ]

My dear Mr. Mather;

I want to renew the expression of my high appreciation of the services of the Lincoln Monument Commission, which had so large a
Wide View - - Lincoln and Hodgen's Mill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Courtesy:: Ginger L. Drenning, September 5, 2012
2. Wide View - - Lincoln and Hodgen's Mill Marker
Note marker to the extreme right (by the parked van) in this photo.
part in the noble statue of my father at Hodgenville. Such a tribute to his memory by the people of the county and state in which the earliest years of his life were spent, has given me very great gratification, and I shall remember always the cordial good-will which surrounded me every moment during my visit.

I beg you will convey my heartfelt thanks to each of your associates.

Believe me,
Very sincerely your,
Robert T. Lincoln

A June 2, 1909, letter from Robert T. Lincoln, son of Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln, to commission chairman Chris M. Mather.

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1809 — 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
Insert - - Letter from Robert Lincoln image. Click for full size.
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3. Insert - - Letter from Robert Lincoln
States in November.

1865 — Abraham Lincoln assassinated at Fordís Theatre in Washington, D.C.
 
Erected by Kentucky Historical Society.
 
Location. 37° 34.433′ N, 85° 44.425′ W. Marker is in Hodgenville, Kentucky, in Larue County. Marker is on Lincoln Blvd (Kentucky Route 210) north of West Main Street (Kentucky Route 2426), on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Located on the North side of 'Lincoln Square' - downtown Hodgenville, Kentucky. Marker is in this post office area: Hodgenville KY 42748, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Two Miles South of this town Abraham Lincoln was born ... (a few steps from this marker); Abraham Lincoln - As - A - Boy Statue (within shouting distance of this marker); Courthouse Burned (within shouting distance of this marker); Larue County / County Officials --- 1843 (within shouting distance of this marker); The Sinking Spring (approx. 3 miles away); The Memorial Building (approx. 3 miles away); Abraham Lincoln Birthplace (approx. 3 miles away); a different marker also named Sinking Spring (approx. 3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hodgenville.
 
Also see . . .  Adolph Weinman and Abraham Lincoln Sculpture in Hodgenville ::
At Lincoln Statue - - Adolph Weinman & Charles Williams image. Click for full size.
By Courtesy:: Ginger L. Drenning, September 5, 2012
4. At Lincoln Statue - - Adolph Weinman & Charles Williams
Text reads:
Sculptor Adolph A. Weinman and Charles Williams sit next to the seated Lincoln sculpture in 1909.

Courtesy of Mary Brooks Howard
. (Submitted on October 6, 2012, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.)
 
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Photo from Marker image. Click for full size.
By Courtesy:: Ginger L. Drenning, September 5, 2012
5. Photo from Marker
Text reads:
Adolph Weinman at work on his seated Lincoln piece in his studio, ca. 1909 / J.H. (James H.) Hare, photographer, ... - ... Courtesy of the Adolph A. Weinman papers, 1890-1959. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

The bronze seated Lincoln statue before you was created by Adolph A. Weinman as a part of the 1909 Abraham Lincoln Centennial commemoration efforts. The Lincoln Monument Commission, chaired by Otis M. Mather, was responsible for leading these efforts. The project funding was a result of appropriations from the Kentucky General Assembly and the Congress of the United States and was supplemented by many local donations. The statue was officially dedicated on May 31, 1909. Weinman also created the Lincoln statue which now stands in the capitol rotunda in Frankfort, Kentucky.
Workshop of Adolph Weinman image. Click for full size.
Courtesy:: Archives of American Art
6. Workshop of Adolph Weinman
Long View - - Lincoln Statue image. Click for full size.
By Courtesy:: Ginger L. Drenning, September 5, 2012
7. Long View - - Lincoln Statue
Front View - - Lincoln Statue image. Click for full size.
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8. Front View - - Lincoln Statue
Other View - - Lincoln Statue image. Click for full size.
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9. Other View - - Lincoln Statue
Obverse View - - Lincoln Statue image. Click for full size.
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10. Obverse View - - Lincoln Statue
Time Capsule (open 2029) <br> Hodgenville Rotary Club image. Click for full size.
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11. Time Capsule (open 2029)
Hodgenville Rotary Club
Insert - - Lincoln - Kentucky - Heritage Trail image. Click for full size.
By Courtesy:: Ginger L. Drenning, September 5, 2012
12. Insert - - Lincoln - Kentucky - Heritage Trail
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 6, 2012, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. This page has been viewed 411 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12. submitted on October 6, 2012, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.
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