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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Lincoln County, Kentucky
Adjacent to Lincoln County, Kentucky
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|The races at Sportsman’s Hill began at dawn and were followed by an elaborate breakfast which was prepared in the yard of the house and served out of doors to all the guests. A tradition that continues today at the Kentucky Derby with “The . . . — — Map (db m105501) HM|
|The threat of an attack by a large Native American raiding party was a very real possibility in 1788 when William Whitley established a horse race track at Sportsman’s Hill. This threat continued for the next six years. By 1794, most attacks were by . . . — — Map (db m105504) HM|
|Disagreements in early Kentucky were not always settled by duels, but often, by a horse race, run in a straight course of about a quarter mile distance on the public roads. Quarter horses were specifically bred to run these straight-coursed races. . . . — — Map (db m105499) HM|
|Most American celebrations of the 18th and 19th centuries were centered about the agrarian cycle of planting and harvesting. Autumn, the harvest season, was the time for gathering of people to assist with the harvesting of crops and the trading of . . . — — Map (db m105500) HM|
|Here off duty til the last reveille, rest the Southern soldiers, few in number, who were slain in this and in adjoining counties during the War of Secession. They fell among strangers, unknown, unfriended, yet not unhonored: for strangers' hands . . . — — Map (db m172630) WM|
|Site of popular watering place 1827 until early 1930's. Famed for number and excellence of mineral springs. Crab Orchard Salts, medical remedy, produced here by evaporation. — — Map (db m105265) HM|
|Long Hunters, led by Elisha Walden, first recorded the beautiful orchard of crab apple trees in 1763. Soon, the long hunter's trail from Cumberland Gap to Crab Orchard, as it became known, carried a swelling tide of settlers. Crab Orchard, long . . . — — Map (db m105269) HM|
|CSA Gen. J.H. Morgan's cavalry on first Kentucky raid, returning from Cynthiana, burned Dix River bridge above here and camped on July 20, 1862. Burned 120 USA wagons here and at Somerset.
See map on other side.
After battle of Perryville Oct. 8, . . . — — Map (db m105264) HM|
| Panel 1 Forerunner of Kentucky Derby. Site of one of the earliest circular racetracks. Crowd gathered within the half-mile track, able to see entire race. Built about 1780 by Col. Wm. Whitley, owner of estate. A fervent patriot, he built . . . — — Map (db m103736) HM|
|Built at Whitley's Station by Col. William Whitley, noted pioneer and Indian fighter. He was born in Virginia in 1749, came to Kentucky in 1775, and was killed at the Battle of the Thames in 1813. — — Map (db m103726) HM|
| Sportsman Hill Site of one of the earliest circular racetracks. Crowd gathered within the half-mile track, able to see entire race. Built about 1780 by Col. Wm. Whitley, owner of estate. A fervent patriot, he built track to contrast with the . . . — — Map (db m103731) HM|
|Before his death in 1813 at the Battle of the Thames, Whitley suspended the highly competitive racing at Sportsman’s Hill when he discovered evidence that a nail had been put in the hoof of his prized horse. However, evidence in family history and . . . — — Map (db m105502) HM|
|“The Sport of Kings”, or horse racing, has a long tradition within the culture of the British Crown dating back to 1174, when Henry II held the first recorded royal race at Smithfield. James I had a palace and track at Newmarket where he . . . — — Map (db m105503) HM|
At the height of the Cold War, on the night of Dec. 12, 1966, the residents of McKinney were startled by the sound of an explosion. Many locals converged on this hill to find a large fiery crater, and the wreckage of an Air Force . . . — — Map (db m83448) HM|
|Built by Archibald McKinney by 1792, this early trading post was an important stop on Cumberland Trace. The settlement began as four log cabins and a stockade. Early settlers are buried in a cemetery on a knoll visible due south of this marker. In . . . — — Map (db m83454) HM|
PFC William B. Baugh, USMC
This Congressional Medal of Honor recipient born near here July 7, 1930. Baugh served with Co. G, 3rd Battalion, First Marines, First Marine Div. (Reinforced). Awarded honor posthumously for gallantry at risk of . . . — — Map (db m83460) HM|
| Alcorn Homestead Former home of Sophia K. Alcorn. Born in Lincoln County in 1883, she invented the Tadoma method to teach deaf~blind individuals to speak through the feel of sound vibrations from the lips and cheeks. The method was named for . . . — — Map (db m105362) HM|
|Completed in 1881 and originally named Lincoln Mills, it struggled to be successful until purchased by S. H. Baughman in 1892. Joined by his brothers, Jim and John, and brother-in-law, Walter McKinney, it became J. H. Baughman & Co. The mill ground . . . — — Map (db m105273) HM|
|Established Logan's Fort 1775
Pioneer, Patriot, Soldier, Statesman
1925 — — Map (db m114269) HM|
|One of several “free towns” in Lincoln Co. Created in 1867 from Hugh Hays’ estate and named for founder, Napoleon Bonaparte Hays (1838-1907). “Boney” earned freedom in 1864 enlisting at Camp Nelson as Pvt., Co. C., 12th Regt. . . . — — Map (db m120132) HM|
|Bright's Inn, a stagecoach stop near the Wilderness Road, was built in 1815 by Capt. John Bright. The original inn was constructed of logs, and, in 1820, a two-story limestone addition was built for travelers going from Lexington to the Cumberland . . . — — Map (db m105361) HM|
|Chiefs Oconostota, Attacullaculla, & Sewanooko signed the Treaty of Sycamore Shoals in 1775 which relinquished Cherokee claims to most of present-day Kentucky. It was the largest land cession in the history of the frontier, up to that time, & led to . . . — — Map (db m105391) HM|
|For Benjamin Lincoln, 1733-1810. Born Mass. In War of Revolution took Mass. Regts. to reinforce New York, 1776; at Saratoga, 1777, cut Burgoyne's communications with Canada; 1778, command of Southern Department. Commissioned by Washington to receive . . . — — Map (db m49734) HM|
|The Stanford Presbyterian Church, founded 1788 on this site, on Old Wilderness Trail. Land given by Mary Briggs, sister of Gen. Benjamin Logan. Church moved to its present site, 1838; land given by Logan, one of founders. In 1797, David Rice, father . . . — — Map (db m49736) HM|
The Stanford Depot has been a source of heartbreak and joy for the families of Lincoln County since May 17, 1866. The arrival of passenger service meant that loved ones departed, sometimes never to return. The first Louisville & Nashville depot, . . . — — Map (db m105355) HM|
The General and Statesman
Isaac Shelby’s military decisions at the Battle of King’s Mountain in 1779 secured a critical victory for America during the Revolutionary War. Before war’s end, Shelby had also served in the North Carolina . . . — — Map (db m120217) HM|
|Isaac Shelby, soldier, statesman, and surveyor, was Kentucky’s first governor. He served from 1792 to 1796 and was re-elected in 1812.
Shelby came to Kentucky in 1774 when he was hired by the Transylvania Company to survey the new Kentucky . . . — — Map (db m120117) HM|
|The city of Stanford was incorporated on April 4, 1861 but its history goes back to 1775. Stanford is the second oldest permanent settlement in Kentucky and the county seat of Lincoln County, one of the original three counties of . . . — — Map (db m105363) HM|
|Benjamin Logan built Logan's Fort at St. Asaphs, mile to west, 1776. Kentucky County, Virginia, formed 1776. First land court, St. Asaphs 1779. Kentucky made into Lincoln, Jefferson, Fayette counties, 1780. In 1785 part of Lincoln taken for Madison . . . — — Map (db m105390) HM|
|Colonel Benjamine Logan settled here after leaving party of Colonel Henderson at Hazel Patch because of settlement plans. Scene of courageous rescue of fallen companion by Logan in Indian attack – 1777. — — Map (db m49737) HM|
| Lt. Richard Caswell Saufley This aviation pioneer was awarded two Aviation Medals of Merit by the Aero Club of America: one for efficient air service in an expedition, 1914, and another for breaking the world's altitude record twice in . . . — — Map (db m105409) HM|
|Daniel McCormack donated land for church, graveyard and school, 1819, to replace log church built by Baptists, circa 1785. Structure was used by several denominations. In 1830 most of original members became affiliated with the Disciples of Christ, . . . — — Map (db m120129) HM|
|A German-Swiss settlement, 4 miles southeast, started by immigrants, early 1880s. Guided here by Joseph Ottenheimer "to this land of great opportunity" they found it to be a wilderness. Undaunted they built crude log cabins, then cleared the virgin . . . — — Map (db m67852) HM|
Founded 1781, on Wilderness Trail,
by Benjamin Logan.
Logan built Ft. St. Asaph, 1775.
1st Court House in Ky. 1781. Lincoln Formed 1780, one of 3 original
counties on Ky.
Named for Benjamin . . . — — Map (db m166187) HM|
| Side 1 The Stanford Female Seminary was incorporated by the Ky. Legislature on Feb. 26, 1869, but the name was changed to the Stanford Female College in 1871. The original brick structure (west side of building) was completed & the college . . . — — Map (db m105358) HM|
| Side 1 This home was built in 1853 by Dr. Thomas Montgomery, son of James Montgomery, a judge and congressman. His wife, the former Evaline Whitley, was the niece of Gen. Benjamin Logan, founder of Stanford, and granddaughter of Col. William . . . — — Map (db m105396) HM|
Benjamin Logan left Boone’s Road, April 15, 1775, following trace that became the final segment of “Wilderness Road.” Logan’s path ran along an obscure trail from this area to Harrodsburg, then to Falls of the . . . — — Map (db m49735) HM|