a day / 70 miles / 2 hours 20 minutes
The Lincoln Heritage Scenic Highway travels through six communities as it winds its way through the knobs
of Kentucky. This corridor is a national destination unto itself and exhibits significant historic and cultural resources around every turn. From the town of Hodgenville, through New Haven and Bardstown, on through Springfield and Perryville to Danville, the 71.2 miles of the Lincoln Heritage Scenic Highway proudly display the history and culture that the region was built upon.
9:00 - 0.3 miles / - 9:00
The site has an early 19th-century Kentucky cabin housed in a memorial building which symbolizes the one in which Lincoln was born in 1809. There are also exhibits and films in the visitor’s center that highlight Lincoln’s Kentucky years, and the impact his childhood had on the adult Lincoln’s character and beliefs.
9:00 - 2.6 miles / 5 minutes - 9:05
This statue was created by noted New York sculptor Adolph A. Weinman (1870 – 1952) and was placed on the
square in 1909 to honor the Centennial of Lincoln’s Birth. Sculptures by Weinman can be found at the Jefferson Memorial, the U.S. Supreme Court, State Capitol Buildings in Wisconsin, Missouri, and Louisiana, and he was the designer of a half-dollar titled “Walking Liberty.” Across the square from the Weinman Lincoln statue is a statue of younger Lincoln dedicated in 2008.
9:35 - 6.9 miles / 13 minutes - 9:49
This site is Abraham Lincoln’s childhood Kentucky Home and is said to be his earliest recollection. The Lincoln family
moved to Knob Creek from the Sinking Spring Farm in 1811. The existing log cabin on the site was reconstructed in 1931 and possibly includes logs from Austin Gollaher’s home (Lincoln’s schoolmate who rescued him from drowning in Knob Creek).
10:49 - 16.6 miles / 33 minutes - 11:22
The Heaven Hill Bourbon Heritage Center and Distillery is located along the Kentucky Bourbon Trail and is the nation’s largest independent, family-owned producer and marketer of distilled spirits, and has called Bardstown home for seven decades. The recently added Heritage Center offers visitors interactive exhibits
about the birth of bourbon, the role of whiskey and bourbon throughout history, and the process by which many of
the distillery’s well-known brands are prepared.
13:22 - 18.1 miles / 36 minutes - 13:58
Visit historic downtown Springfield, home to the 1816 Courthouse where Abraham Lincoln's parents' original marriage bond was found. This historic Courthouse is the oldest courthouse still in use west of the Allegheny Mountains. Among the records, which date from 1792, is the marriage certificate of Thomas and Nancy Hanks Lincoln, parents of Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States, as well as many other Lincoln family documents. Replicas of the marriage documents are on display. Lincoln searched in vain in 1858 for proof of his parents marriage and died thirteen years later never knowing the truth of his legitimacy. "In Sacred Union", the bronze sculpture of Abraham Lincoln, stands on the plaza of the Washington County Judicial Center looking toward the historic 1816 Courthouse. The Kentucky Arts Council, with funding from the Kentucky Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, awarded the City of Springfield money to commission the sculpture to commemorate the 200th birthday of our 16th President.
14:08 - 25.7 miles / 51 minutes - 15:00