Kentucky Celebrates Lincoln's Bicentennial: 1809-2009

If you're a history or Civil War buff, you're probably already aware of the major anniversary celebrations taking place in Kentucky, Illinois, and other parts of the USA in 2009, the 200th anniversary of the birth of President Abraham Lincoln. For its part, the Kentucky Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial 1809-2009 has a clever tag line: "His first address wasn't Gettysburg" underscores the fact that Abe was born in the Bluegrass State. You can download interactive maps of the Kentucky Lincoln Heritage Trail (, a scenic route through central Kentucky with 16 designated sites, including the following:

  • Ashland: The Henry Clay Estate, Lexington
  • Camp Nelson Civil War Heritage Park, Jessamine County
  • Downtown Springfield (stamp site Opera House)
  • Farmington Historic Plantation, Louisville
  • Hardin County Museum, Elizabethtown
  • Jefferson Davis State Historic Site, Fairview
  • Kentucky Historical Society, Frankfort
  • Kentucky State Capitol Rotunda, Frankfort
  • Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Site, Hodgenville
  • Lincoln Boyhood Home, Hodgenville
  • Lincoln Museum, Hodgenville
  • Lincoln Homestead State Park, Springfield
  • Lincoln Marriage Temple, Harrodsburg
  • Mary Todd Lincoln House, Lexington
  • Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site
  • White Hall State Historic Site, Richmond

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.