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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Washington County, Kentucky

Clickable Map of Washington County, Kentucky and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Washington County, KY (37) Anderson County, KY (7) Boyle County, KY (130) Marion County, KY (26) Mercer County, KY (99) Nelson County, KY (54)  WashingtonCounty(37) Washington County (37)  AndersonCounty(7) Anderson County (7)  BoyleCounty(130) Boyle County (130)  MarionCounty(26) Marion County (26)  MercerCounty(99) Mercer County (99)  NelsonCounty(54) Nelson County (54)
Springfield is the county seat for Washington County
Adjacent to Washington County, Kentucky
      Anderson County (7)  
      Boyle County (130)  
      Marion County (26)  
      Mercer County (99)  
      Nelson County (54)  
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1 Kentucky, Washington County, Fredericktown — 853 — Washington County
The first county formed by first Assembly of Kentucky, 1792. Named for Geo. Washington. Springfield, county seat, laid off, 1793, by Matthew Walton; veteran of War of Revolution, legislator. Courthouse built in 1816, oldest used as such in state . . . Map (db m121609) HM
2 Kentucky, Washington County, Mackville — 31 — Morgan in MackvilleFirst Kentucky Raid — July 13, 1862 — Reported unreadable
John Hunt Morgan and his men arrived in Mackville on Saturday evening, July 12, 1862, following raids on Lebanon and Springfield. Shortly after their arrival a skirmish ensued between Morgan’s men and the Home Guard. The Home Guard took two . . . Map (db m152653) HM
3 Kentucky, Washington County, Springfield — 1363 — Ben Hardin, 1784-1852. ← Grave
One of the ablest orators, lawyers, lawmakers in early Ky. Moved to Nelson, now Washington Co., with parents. In 1808, he settled at Bardstown where his career earned him the title "last of race of giants." Member state legislature 9 yrs.; U.S. . . . Map (db m99432) HM
4 Kentucky, Washington County, Springfield — Busy Day In SpringfieldGreat Raid — July 5, 1863 —
On the morning of July 5, 1863, Springfield awoke to the roar of cannon fire coming from Lebanon. That afternoon John Hunt Morgan’s column reached Springfield with over 300 Federal prisoners in tow. Young Will McChord, then eleven, described . . . Map (db m99436) HM
5 Kentucky, Washington County, Springfield — Cunningham-Haydon House
This home was built by J.A. Seay circa 1882 when Andrew Cunningham lived here with his wife Elizabeth Bullock. Mr. Cunningham operated the dry goods store in Springfield. The house was purchased in 1932, from the Springfield State Bank, by George . . . Map (db m121749) HM
6 Kentucky, Washington County, Springfield — E. Gregory Goatley Law OfficeHistoric Lot #2
When building lots were first surveyed for Springfield’s downtown, this location was much sought after because of its proximity to the courthouse. William Pile had a storehouse here in 1797, and John Lancaster owned the lot in 1813. Prior to 1876, . . . Map (db m121745) HM
7 Kentucky, Washington County, Springfield — 1046 — Elenores
Home of Elizabeth Madox Roberts, novelist, poet. Best known works, Time of Man, 1926, Great Meadow, 1930, both written here. The latter also published in England, Germany, Spain; made into successful movie. She wrote all of her novels, . . . Map (db m121590) HM
8 Kentucky, Washington County, Springfield — 1040 — Elmwood
Built in 1851, by Wm. S. Davison, son of the town's first merchant. Typical Italianate style employed by Blue Grass architect Lewinski. Purchased by Hugh McElroy, 1858. In early Oct., 1862, Union forces moved through Springfield before Battle of . . . Map (db m121596) HM
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9 Kentucky, Washington County, Springfield — 1618 — Felix Grundy (1777 - 1840)
Grundy gained prominence in Ky. as a celebrated criminal lawyer and political leader. He practiced law on Main St., Springfield, took part in 2nd Constitutional Conv., served Washington County in legislature (1800-02); Nelson Co. (18004-06). Became . . . Map (db m99453) HM
10 Kentucky, Washington County, Springfield — 2264 — Grundy Plantation / Felix Grundy
Grundy Plantation Settled by George and Elizabeth Grundy in 1780 after fleeing war-torn Berkeley Co., Va. This wilderness frontier of Va., then called Kaintuckee, became a state in 1792. Son Samuel stayed on the farm and expanded it. Another . . . Map (db m121607) HM
11 Kentucky, Washington County, Springfield — 1446 — House of History
Built on part of Matthew Walton's land used to establish Springfield. Deeded, 1817, to John Thompson by town trustees. Bought same year by John Bainbridge, who operated a tavern there. Sold in 1830 to D.H. Spears, noted silversmith. Later owned by . . . Map (db m99456) HM
12 Kentucky, Washington County, Springfield — In Honor of Louis SansburyHometown Hero
Louis Sansbury (1806-1861), a black slave, owned by George Sansbury, was left with keys to Sansbury’s hotel to watch over his business. In 1833, left virtually alone with the sick and dying, Sansbury fed and treated the many cholera sufferers . . . Map (db m121747) HM
13 Kentucky, Washington County, Springfield — 1038 — Jesse Head Homesite
On June 12, 1806, he performed the marriage of Thomas Lincoln and Nancy Hanks, who, in 1809, became the parents of Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the U.S. Head, born in Maryland in 1768, "came a-preaching" to Kentucky in 1798. Cabinet maker, . . . Map (db m99457) HM
14 Kentucky, Washington County, Springfield — 930 — John Pope, 1770-1845
Eminent Washington Co. citizen. Brilliant Ky. lawyer, statesman. Born, Va. Represented Shelby Co., 1802, Fayette Co., 1806, in Leg.; U.S. Senate, 1807-13; Ky. Sec. of State, 1816-19; Ky. Sen., 1825-29; Gov. Arkansas Ter., 1829-35, named by Pres. . . . Map (db m99454) HM
15 Kentucky, Washington County, Springfield — Korean War Marker
Service Battery 623 F.A. BN. Kentucky National Guard Ordered Into Service Jan. 23, 1951 Sailed for Korea Dec. 4, 1951 2nd Korean Winter Korea – Summer / fall 1952 3rd Korean Winter Korea – Summer 1953 Men from Washington and . . . Map (db m121744) WM
16 Kentucky, Washington County, Springfield — Lincoln - Hanks
On this site in _____ stood the little office of the Clerk of the Washington County Sourt where Thomas Lincoln gave bond and secured a license to marry Nancy Hanks. The wedding took place at Beechland this county on June ____Map (db m121746) HM
17 Kentucky, Washington County, Springfield — Lincoln Cabin
The Lincoln Cabin is a replica of the log cabin in which the President’s grandmother, Bersheba, raised her children. Thomas Lincoln, father of the President, lived here until he was 25 years old. The cabin is furnished in the pioneer style and . . . Map (db m46307) HM
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18 Kentucky, Washington County, Springfield — 526 — Lincoln Homestead
The certified marriage bond of Thomas Lincoln to Nancy Hanks, parents of Abraham Lincoln, is on file here in Washington Co. Courthouse. Here also preserved is full account of the wedding. Lincoln Homestead State Park, seven miles north, now marks . . . Map (db m121577) HM
19 Kentucky, Washington County, Springfield — Lincoln Homestead State Park
(side 1) Pioneer Spirit The westward movement was an enticement felt by many nineteenth century families, and the Lincolns were in the heart of it. A friend of the family was the infamous frontiersman Daniel Boone, and it has . . . Map (db m46249) HM
20 Kentucky, Washington County, Springfield — 2297 — Lincoln Homestead State Park
(obverse) Thomas and Nancy Hanks Lincoln, the parents of future president Abraham Lincoln, were married near here on June 12, 1806. Shortly after their wedding, the couple moved to Elizabethtown, where their daughter, Sarah, was born. The . . . Map (db m46250) HM
21 Kentucky, Washington County, Springfield — 933 — Matthew Walton1759-1819
Home, office of political "father" of Washington Co. Born, Va. Came Ky., 1784. Danville Convs., 1785, 1787; Va. Fed. Const. Ratification Conv., 1788; Va. Assembly, 1790; Ky. Const. Conv., 1792; Legis., 1792, 1795, 1808; Ky. Sen., 1800-03; US Cong., . . . Map (db m121608) HM
22 Kentucky, Washington County, Springfield — Morgan in SpringfieldChristmas Raid — December 30, 1862 —
On Tuesday morning, December 30, thirty-nine hundred Confederate cavalrymen led by John Hunt Morgan left Bardstown, making every effort to beat the Union forces to the Cumberland River crossing at Burkesville. Their progress was hampered by a cold . . . Map (db m99437) HM
23 Kentucky, Washington County, Springfield — 1581 — Mt. Zion Covered Bridge Reported missing
The covered bridge over Little Beech Fork is 211 feet long and 16 feet wide. It utilizes the Burr truss design and is one of the longest multi-spans in Ky. The contractors were H. I. and William F. Barnes of Mount Washington. Original cost of . . . Map (db m121604) HM
24 Kentucky, Washington County, Springfield — Nancy Hanks and Thomas Lincoln
Thomas Lincoln Thomas Lincoln was born on January 7, 1778, in Rockingham County, Virginia, to Captain Abraham and Bathsheba Lincoln. He was the youngest of three sons and the fourth of five children. The Lincoln family migrated from . . . Map (db m46311) HM
25 Kentucky, Washington County, Springfield — 689 — On Civil War Routes
CSA Gen. John H. Morgan's cavalry moved thru Springfield on raids July 12 and December 30, 1862. On third raid, into Ohio, after battle of Lebanon, July 5 1863, Union prisoners brought here but paroled to speed CSA movement. Confederate invasion . . . Map (db m99438) HM
26 Kentucky, Washington County, Springfield — 1095 — Saint Catharine
Cradle and Mother House of the Dominican Sisters in U.S. First settlement at St. Rose Farm, 1822. Known as St. Magdalen Academy from 1823 to 1851. Renamed, 1851, St. Catharine of Sienna. Mother Angela Sansbury, O.P., and Rev. S. T. Wilson, O.P., . . . Map (db m170101) HM
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27 Kentucky, Washington County, Springfield — 941 — Saint Rose Priory
Founded, 1806, by Fr. Fenwick from Maryland. First Dominican religious house and second oldest priory in the U.S. Site of first Catholic college west of Alleghenies, 1807. St. Thomas School here, 1809-28. Jefferson Davis, later President of . . . Map (db m121601) HM
28 Kentucky, Washington County, Springfield — The Berry Cabin
Thomas Lincoln proposed to Nancy Hanks in this house, originally located on Beech Creek about one mile from here. At the time, Nancy was living with her cousin, Francis Berry, and his family. Lucy Shipley Hanks and her daughter, Nancy, . . . Map (db m46270) HM
29 Kentucky, Washington County, Springfield — The Inheritance of Mordecai Lincoln
Mordecai Lincoln, uncle to President Abraham Lincoln, lived in this house from around 1797 to 1811. His father, Captain Abraham Lincoln, the grandfather and namesake of the future president, came to Jefferson County, Virginia, in 1782. In . . . Map (db m46243) HM
30 Kentucky, Washington County, Springfield — The Lincoln Cabin
The Lincoln Cabin is a replica of the cabin in which President Abraham Lincoln’s grandmother Bersheba Lincoln, lived and raised her children after the death of her husband, Abraham. In the spring of 1786, Abraham and Bersheba Lincoln were . . . Map (db m46305) HM
31 Kentucky, Washington County, Springfield — The Lincolns Move West
President Abraham Lincoln’s great, great, great, great grandfather, Samuel Lincoln, left England in 1637, settling in Hingham, Massachusetts. The next four generations of Lincolns continued to move south and west — to New Jersey, then . . . Map (db m46301) HM
32 Kentucky, Washington County, Springfield — The Marriage of Nancy & Thomas Lincoln
On June 12, 1806, Thomas Lincoln traveled to Springfield, Kentucky, to obtain a marriage license to wed Nancy Hanks. Richard Berry, Nancy's uncle, signed the document as guardian of the bride-to-be. Two days later, Thomas Lincoln and Nancy were . . . Map (db m46314) HM
33 Kentucky, Washington County, Springfield — The Nancy Hanks Memorial
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 . . . Map (db m46263) HM
34 Kentucky, Washington County, Springfield — War Memorial
World War I 1914-1918 Alvin L. Bottom Roy Cocanougher James Ellery Robert Sterling Ensor George Lloyd Haydon, Jr. John Peters James Lloyd Parrott Stephen Ormsby Parrott, Jr. Sammy Reed John Manning Simms John Spaulding William N. . . . Map (db m121743) WM
35 Kentucky, Washington County, Springfield — Washington CountyMorgan's First Raid — July 12-13, 1862 —
Word of Morgan's raid on Lebanon on July 12 quickly reached Springfield, a tiny village of 500 residents. After hearing news of the raid, F.L. Davison, prominent local planter and businessman, sent Springfield resident John Meeks to the neighboring . . . Map (db m99458) HM
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36 Kentucky, Washington County, Springfield — World War I Monument
Erected in honor of the noble sons of Washington County. They served that liberty shall not perish from the earth. 1917 – World War – 1918 Not lest we forget, but lest posterity should fail to know. Their names are recorded in . . . Map (db m121741) WM
37 Kentucky, Washington County, Springfield — You are in The Holy Land!
Central Kentucky witnessed an influx of religions settling here after 1785. The Presbyterians settled here in 1785 with Terah Templin being the first ordained minister in Kentucky. Located here is the Springfield Presbyterian Church, founded . . . Map (db m121748) HM
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Jun. 6, 2023