Five historic sites across Kentucky have been added to the sprawling Lincoln Heritage Trail. Director Warren Greer says the new sites include the Lincoln National Scenic Byway, the Joseph Holt Home in Breckenridge County and a Lincoln memorial in Louisville.
The Heritage Trail was re-instated in 2008 and Greer says Hodgenville continues to draw more visitors than others.
“By far the birthplace is the most-visited site. They have well over 100,000 visitors a year. That’s the real draw to Kentucky,” said Greer. “The other sites get quite a bit of visitation too. In Lexington you have the Mary Todd Lincoln House and Ashland you have the Henry Clay Estate.”
Greer says 300,000 visitors check out Lincoln historic sites every year in Kentucky. There are now a total of 19 sites on the Lincoln Heritage Trail.
Organizers of an Abraham Lincoln celebration near his central Kentucky birthplace say the government shutdown won't deter the weekend festivities.
The festival in Hodgenville begins Saturday. Coordinator Philip Setters told The News-Enterprise the two-day event would go on despite the closure of the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park.
A post on the event's website Thursday said the shutdown "does not affect Lincoln Days."
The annual event includes food, crafts and a children's scavenger hunt.
Setters said the possible rainy weather would be a more important factor for the event than a continuing shutdown in Washington.
The park, along with all other national parks, closed on Tuesday.
The 150th anniversary of the Civil War will be commemorated Saturday at Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park in Hodgenville with two performances by the band Privates by Choice.
The park says the band will perform original musical scores highlighting the nation's difficulties during the war. The band features guitar, mandolin, violin, hammered dulcimer, cello, mountain dulcimer, bass and some light percussion.
The free performances will be at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. EDT.
Visitors should bring a blanket or lawn chair for the concert. Parking is available in the visitor center lot on a first-come, first-served basis.
For more information, call (270) 358-3137 or click here.
The Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park is temporarily closing some trails so that hazardous trees can be removed. A statement says trails in the picnic area the Lincoln's birthplace will be closed Wednesday through Saturday.