“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Springfield, Kentucky Historical Markers

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By Tom Bosse
Benjamin Hardin
Kentucky (Marion 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
Kentucky (Washington County), Springfield — Busy Day In Springfield ó Great Raid ó 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 Morganís column reached Springfield with over 300 Federal prisoners in tow. Young Will McChord, then eleven, described . . . — Map (db m99436) HM
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
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
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
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
Kentucky (Washington County), Springfield — Lincoln Cabin
The Lincoln Cabin is a replica of the log cabin in which the Presidentís 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
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
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
Kentucky (Washington County), Springfield — Morgan in Springfield ó Christmas Raid ó 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
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
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
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
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
Kentucky (Washington County), Springfield — The Lincoln Cabin
The Lincoln Cabin is a replica of the cabin in which President Abraham Lincolnís 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
Kentucky (Washington County), Springfield — The Lincolns Move West
President Abraham Lincolnís 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
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
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
Kentucky (Washington County), Springfield — Washington County ó Morgan's First Raid ó 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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