Grave of Frontiersman. John Walters came to Phillips' Fort ca. 1784. Commissioned lieutenant, 2nd Regiment of Ky. Militia, by Governor Isaac Shelby, 1792. Was in local skirmishes, served under Col. Patrick Brown in 1792, and in
War of 1812. . . . — — Map (db m170686) HM
The sculpture of Abraham Lincoln – as – A – Boy was created by the Daub Firmin Hendrickson Sculpture Group, and dedicated May 31, 2008. The Group designed the granite bearing the Gettysburg Address and excerpts . . . — — Map (db m60163) HM
Abraham Lincoln was born on February 12, 1809, in a log cabin near Sinking Spring. Growing up in rural Kentucky, his character was shaped by the hard work and tragedy of frontier life. As the 16th president, his policies and politics saved . . . — — Map (db m60085) HM
Lincoln's formal education began
in a primitive log cabin near this
site. While the Lincoln family
was living in Knob Creek, he and
his sister Sarah attended ABC
schools for a short period of time.
First school taught by Zachariah
Riney; the . . . — — Map (db m203549) HM
My earliest recollection. . .is of the Knob Creek place
Abraham Lincoln, 1860
Abraham Lincoln’s family moved here from his birthplace at Sinking Spring Farm in 1811, when the future president was just two years old. . . . — — Map (db m60028) HM
John Russell Pope's neoclassical architecture reflects the nation's adulation of Abraham Lincoln and its budding interest in historic preservation after the Civil War. The Lincoln Farm Association constructed this Memorial Building between 1907-1911 . . . — — Map (db m154900) HM
The Lincolns typified families who settled on the Kentucky frontier m the early 1800s. They built self-sufficient lives around the area's natural resources. At Sinking Spring Farm, they cleared land to raise vegetables, used the trees to build and . . . — — Map (db m154899) HM
Twenty-two Kentucky courthouses were burned during Civil War, nineteen in last fifteen months: twelve by Confederates, eight by guerrillas, two by Union accident.
See map on reverse side.
The courthouse at Hodgenville was . . . — — Map (db m79164) HM
Established in Feb., 1818, by an
order of Hardin Co. Court on 27
acres land owned by Robt. Hodgen,
tavernkeeper and native of Pa.
He erected a gristmill on Nolin
River, 1789, within protection of
Phillips Fort. Hodgenville had its
first Post . . . — — Map (db m170883) HM
Was established March 1, 1843 from part of Hardin County after debate over selection of name. An act to create Helm County honoring John LaRue Helm, then Speaker of the House, was amended by Senate to give the honor instead to . . . — — Map (db m59976) HM
When Abraham Lincoln was born on February 12, 1809, present day Hodgenville was known as Hodgen’s 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 . . . — — Map (db m60045) HM
Abraham Lincoln, sixteenth
president of the United States,
lived five years,1811 to 1816, on
this Knob Creek farm.
Reference to his Kentucky years,
Abraham stated “My earliest
recollection however, is of the
Knob Creek . . . — — Map (db m6039) HM
To the west, in Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery, is the grave of Austin Gollaher, 1806-1898. Lincoln, while president, once said, "I would rather see (him) than any man living." They were schoolmates and playmates when the Lincoln family . . . — — Map (db m152636) HM
The Lincolns moved to Knob Creek after a title dispute forced them to leave Sinking Spring Farm. Here Thomas Lincoln rented 30 acres of fertile fields, hardly enough land to sustain a family in those times. Thomas and Nancy Lincoln grew corn and . . . — — Map (db m60006) HM
The Nancy Lincoln Inn is a symbol of devotion to Abraham Lincoln’s family from the early days of auto tourism. In 1928, James R. Howell built the inn, named in honor of Lincoln’s mother, to accommodate increasing numbers of motorists who were coming . . . — — Map (db m71631) HM
A half mile east on North Fork of Nolin River is site of this fort, first settlement in Larue County, built in 1780 by Philip Phillips, surveyor, and company of settlers from Pennsylvania. Used as place of refuge from Indians, it was abandoned and . . . — — Map (db m170921) HM
Abraham Lincoln probably took his first drink of water from this spring. A dependable water source undoubtedly was an important factor in Thomas Lincoln’s decision to purchase Sinking Spring Farm.
The Sinking Spring is an example of a karst . . . — — Map (db m71632) HM
Abraham Lincoln most likely encountered slavery while living here as a young child in 1811, when Lincoln was two years old, this portion of Kentucky was part of Hardin County. At the time, there were 1,007 slaves in Hardin County, compared to 1,627 . . . — — Map (db m60024) HM
Originally thought to be approximately 400 years old prior to its death in 1976, the park cut the remains of this magnificent oak in 1986. However, a study of the growth rings after its removal showed the tree to be approximately 195 years of age. . . . — — Map (db m13262) HM
Hattie Howell Howard, born about ten miles from here in 1886, grew up hearing local lore about Abraham Lincoln. After her brother James opened the Nancy Lincoln Inn next to Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park, Hattie looked . . . — — Map (db m60009) HM
Challenges to land titles were common in Kentucky’s early years, and the Lincoln family experienced these problems firsthand.
In 1811, Thomas and Nancy Lincoln moved here, to Knob Creek, with their two children, Sarah and Abraham. They leased . . . — — Map (db m60188) HM
This building was erected by the Lincoln Farm Association from funds obtained by popular subscription, mostly by American school children. The building, designed by John Russell Pope, was constructed 1909-1911 of Connecticut pink granite and . . . — — Map (db m13259) HM
The Thomas Lincoln family obtained its water supply from this spring; the infant child, Abraham, had his earliest drinks of water from this source. When Thomas Lincoln moved here in 1808, the 300-acre farm already was variously known as "Sinking . . . — — Map (db m13261) HM