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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Elizabethtown, Kentucky

Clickable Map of Hardin 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> Hardin County, KY (93) Breckinridge County, KY (17) Bullitt County, KY (21) Grayson County, KY (10) Hart County, KY (61) Jefferson County, KY (358) Larue County, KY (25) Meade County, KY (16) Nelson County, KY (54) Harrison County, IN (52)  HardinCounty(93) Hardin County (93)  BreckinridgeCounty(17) Breckinridge County (17)  BullittCounty(21) Bullitt County (21)  GraysonCounty(10) Grayson County (10)  HartCounty(61) Hart County (61)  JeffersonCounty(358) Jefferson County (358)  LarueCounty(25) Larue County (25)  MeadeCounty(16) Meade County (16)  NelsonCounty(54) Nelson County (54)  HarrisonCountyIndiana(52) Harrison County (52)
Elizabethtown is the county seat for Hardin County
Elizabethtown is in Hardin County
      Hardin County (93)  
      Breckinridge County (17)  
      Bullitt County (21)  
      Grayson County (10)  
      Hart County (61)  
      Jefferson County (358)  
      Larue County (25)  
      Meade County (16)  
      Nelson County (54)  
      Harrison County, Indiana (52)  
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1 Kentucky, Hardin County, Elizabethtown — "Make a Street Fight Out of It"Christmas Raid, December 27, 1862
In December 1862, Gen. John Hunt Morgan was sent by the Confederate command to shut down the L&N Railroad, thereby cutting off one of the Union's major supply lines. Morgan's target was one of the railroad's most vulnerable points, the trestles at . . . Map (db m25156) HM
2 Kentucky, Hardin County, Elizabethtown — ‘The Great Diamond Hoax’Gem of a Swindle...
Philip Arnold was one of Elizabethtown's most notorious characters of the 19th century. A native of Elizabethtown, Arnold served in the Mexican War before prospecting for gold in the west. He returned to Elizabethtown in 1854, married Mary E. . . . Map (db m170852) HM
3 Kentucky, Hardin County, Elizabethtown — 16 Public Square
This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior Map (db m208670) HM
4 Kentucky, Hardin County, Elizabethtown — 23 Public Square
This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior Hardin County Historical Society A Kentucky LandmarkMap (db m208503) HM
5 Kentucky, Hardin County, Elizabethtown — Battle of ElizabethtownDecember 27, 1862
" was the place of battle. You who have never known the scour and pierce of battle may only remember moments by name, places by monuments, but I who was born by the battlefields cannot escape a sorrow that dwells, a valor that lingers. A . . . Map (db m171016) WM
6 Kentucky, Hardin County, Elizabethtown — Bell from the Courthouse
Bell from the courthouse that was built in 1872 and burned in 1932 on this locationMap (db m171011) HM
7 Kentucky, Hardin County, Elizabethtown — Bicentennial Observance of the Birth of President Abraham LincolnFebruary 12, 1809 - February 12, 2009
Dedicated in honor of the bicentennial observance of the birth of President Abraham Lincoln Upon these stones stood the log house where the wedding vows of his father, Thomas Lincoln and a good and kind stepmother, Sarah Bush . . . Map (db m208511) HM
8 Kentucky, Hardin County, Elizabethtown — 2048 — Bond-Washington School / Julius Rosenwald Fund
Bond-Washington School This site purchased in 1869 by the trustees of the African School of Elizabethtown. It was the location of District A School from 1888- 1923, when East Side High School was built with aid from the local African . . . Map (db m223268) HM
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9 Kentucky, Hardin County, Elizabethtown — Bricks and Mortar of Elizabethtown's Early EconomyOpen for Business
The oldest brick business building in town, built circa 1812/1815 by Major Benjamin Helm, housed the mercantile of Helm and his partners. Businesses in this alley were at one time referred to as 'Green Row.' The building has been remodeled . . . Map (db m208602) HM
10 Kentucky, Hardin County, Elizabethtown — 1505 — Brown-Pusey House
This Georgian mansion was built in 1825 by John Y. Hill. It is known as "Hill House" and as "Aunt Beck Hill's Boarding House." Jenny Lind sang here in 1851 and George Armstrong Custer and wife boarded here, 1871-73. Doctors William Allen and Robert . . . Map (db m171013) HM
11 Kentucky, Hardin County, Elizabethtown — 1534 — Commodore Joshua Barney / First Brick House
(side 1 – Commodore Joshua Barney) Famous American privateer and naval hero in War of 1812. Barney owned many acres of land in Hardin CO. A friend of George Washington, John Paul Jones and Napoleon Bonaparte. His greatest desire . . . Map (db m119791) HM
12 Kentucky, Hardin County, Elizabethtown — 1116 — Elizabethtown Battle
Confederate Gen. John Hunt Morgan on his second raid into Kentucky, with 3,900 men, was met by 652 Union troops under Lt. Col. H.S. Smith, Dec. 27, 1862. Object of raid was destruction of L & N R.R. main artery for U.S.A. troop movement south. . . . Map (db m223266) HM
13 Kentucky, Hardin County, Elizabethtown — Elizabethtown City Cemetery
This is to certify that Elizabethtown City Cemetery was entered in the National Register of Historic Places on August 18, 1997 upon nomination by Kentucky's State Historic Preservation Officer by the United States Department . . . Map (db m170699) HM
14 Kentucky, Hardin County, Elizabethtown — 1727 — Gallantry in Action
Sergeant George E. Larkin, Jr., a native of Colesburg, Hardin Co., took part in Doolittle's raid on Japanese mainland, April 18, 1942. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and decorated by the Chinese government; won award for being first . . . Map (db m171010) HM
15 Kentucky, Hardin County, Elizabethtown — 606 — General Custer Here
Cavalry and infantry battalions under Gen. George Custer, assigned here, 1871-1873, to suppress Ku Klux Klan and carpetbaggers, to break up illicit distilleries. Those gangs becoming inactive, he was sent to Chicago to maintain order after big fire. . . . Map (db m25138) HM
16 Kentucky, Hardin County, Elizabethtown — 960 — Hardin County
Formed from Nelson County by first Legislature, 1792. Named for Col. John Hardin, veteran of Dunmore's War, 1774, Am. Rev., Gen. Clark's Wabash Exped., 1787 and Maumee Indian campaign, 1780. Murdered by Ohio Indians while U.S. peace envoy to them in . . . Map (db m171115) HM
17 Kentucky, Hardin County, Elizabethtown — Hardin County Confederates1861—1865
During the War Between the States, Hardin County men aligned themselves with the Confederacy, with the majority serving in John Hunt Morgan's Cavalry and the First Kentucky Brigade, also known as "The Orphan Brigade.” This brigade fought in . . . Map (db m170695) HM
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18 Kentucky, Hardin County, Elizabethtown — 833 — Helm Cemetery
This pioneer cemetery includes the graves of John LaRue Helm, who served two incomplete terms as Governor of Kentucky, and his son, Confederate Gen. Ben Hardin Helm, who fell at battle of Chickamauga, September 20, 1863. Gen. Helm and Abraham . . . Map (db m171344) HM
19 Kentucky, Hardin County, Elizabethtown — 1912 — John Larue Helm, 1802-1867
This Hardin Co. native was one of Kentucky's most celebrated lawyers. In legislature 17 yrs.; rose to House Speaker. Elected lt. gov., he became gov. when John J. Crittenden resigned, 1850. Pres. of L & N R. R., 1854-60, when main line completed. A . . . Map (db m171342) HM
20 Kentucky, Hardin County, Elizabethtown — 1650 — John Young Brown (1835-1904)
Born at Elizabethtown (Claysville section), this Ky. statesman and orator was admitted to bar, 1857 and began law practice here. Brown was a state elector on Douglas ticket l860. He was elected to Congress four times and . . . Map (db m171336) HM
21 Kentucky, Hardin County, Elizabethtown — 1468 — Lincoln Heritage House
Pioneer homes of the Hardin Thomas family. One-room log cabin built ca. 1789. Thomas Lincoln, father of 16th President, did the carpentry and cabinet work on the four-room log structure built ca. 1805. For several years Thomas Lincoln was a resident . . . Map (db m171351) HM
22 Kentucky, Hardin County, Elizabethtown — 932 — Lincoln-Haycraft Memorial Bridge
Here along Severn's Valley Creek, Samuel Haycraft, Sr. built mill, raceway in 1796. Thomas Lincoln, father of Pres. Lincoln, employed in building it, received his first monetary wages when about 21 years of age. Abraham Lincoln, age 7, with his . . . Map (db m25137) HM
23 Kentucky, Hardin County, Elizabethtown — Marriage of Thomas Lincoln
In a house which stood upon this lot were married on December 2, 1819 Thomas Lincoln the father and Sarah Bush Johnston the foster-mother of Abraham LincolnMap (db m208510) HM
24 Kentucky, Hardin County, Elizabethtown — 525 — Morgan's Second Raid
North of here, Morgan's Raiders destroyed two of the most important L & N R.R. trestles Dec. 28, 1862, rendering line impassable for two months. Circling this area, they returned to Tenn. on Jan, 2, 1863. In eleven days they destroyed $2,000,000 in . . . Map (db m223269) HM
25 Kentucky, Hardin County, Elizabethtown — 'Ordinary' Hospitality HereStage Coach & Tavern Days
Major James Crutcher erected the first public tavern in the town. After its sale he erected a second tavern, about 1798, on this corner of the public square. Crutcher hoisted a sign of a lion rampant on each side of the board to mark the . . . Map (db m209168) HM
26 Kentucky, Hardin County, Elizabethtown — Samuel Haycraft, Jr.1795 - 1878
Interred in this cemetery are the remains of Samuel Haycraft, Jr. who was born in a double round-log cabin in Elizabethtown during the pioneer period. His father, Samuel Haycraft, Sr., a revolutionary soldier and pioneer was the donor of the . . . Map (db m223270) HM
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27 Kentucky, Hardin County, Elizabethtown — Sarah Bush Johnston LincolnAnother footprint along the Lincoln Trail.
A memorial to the most famous step-mother in American History. This cabin is a close replica of one lived in by local woman Sarah Bush Johnston and her three children in the early 1800's. Sarah married Thomas Lincoln on Dec. 2, 1819, in . . . Map (db m120044) HM
28 Kentucky, Hardin County, Elizabethtown — 1621 — Severns Valley Baptist Church
The oldest continuing Baptist congregation west of Allegheny Mts., organized June 17, 1781, near Hynes Station. Preceded by log structures, this edifice completed, 1834, by John Y. Hill. Sold to First Baptist Church, 1897, and services held until . . . Map (db m171349) HM
29 Kentucky, Hardin County, Elizabethtown — The Battle for ElizabethtownDecember 1862
"The Parrott gun was placed in the pike; it was opened as soon as the last message from Colonel Smith was received; and, as suddenly as if its flash had ignited them, Palmer's four guns roared out from the hill on the left of the road, about six . . . Map (db m170819) HM
30 Kentucky, Hardin County, Elizabethtown — The CannonballChristmas Raid, December 27, 1862
Gen. John Hunt Morgan's Raiders arrived in Elizabethtown on December 27, 1862, appearing on the brow of the hill that is now the City Cemetery. The main objective of the Christmas Raid was to burn two huge Louisville and Nashville Railroad trestles . . . Map (db m25159) HM
31 Kentucky, Hardin County, Elizabethtown — The Guilded Age Building
This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior Map (db m170854) HM
32 Kentucky, Hardin County, Elizabethtown — Thomas Lincoln and Nancy Hanks LincolnThe parents of Abraham Lincoln
Lived in Elizabethtown from the time of their marriage, June 12, 1806, until their removal, in the fall of 1808, to the farm near Hodgenville, where Abraham Lincoln was born. Sarah, their first child, was born here. A year after the death of Nancy . . . Map (db m171114) HM
33 Kentucky, Hardin County, Elizabethtown — 1651 — Three Forts
Elizabethtown began in 1780, when three forts were built by Samuel Haycraft, Sr., Col. Andrew Hynes and Capt. Thomas Helm for common defense against Indians. The forts were one mile apart, the only settlements between falls of Ohio and Green River. . . . Map (db m223267) HM
34 Kentucky, Hardin County, Elizabethtown — 1494 — Van Meter Fort
Site of fort, erected 1780, by Jacob Van Meter, Sr., who led a party of 100 settlers from Va. to "the Falls of the Ohio.” They made their journey on 27 flatboats and suffered many hardships during their trip. One member of . . . Map (db m171227) HM
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Nov. 30, 2023