Wednesday marks the 205th anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln. Several activities are planned at the Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park in Hodgenville. As a part of the commemoration, Lincoln historian Carl Howell will donate an artifact to the park – the grave marker for Abraham Lincoln’s only brother – Thomas Jr. – who died in infancy.
“I think it needs to be displayed in Larue County at the National Park where people can see it on a daily basis because of its extreme importance and significance to the Lincoln heritage,” said Howell.
Howell, a Hodgenville attorney, says he purchased the limestone grave marker in the 1970s from the owner of the small Redmon family cemetery as he was preparing to sell the property.
The Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park is planning special events to celebrate the 205th birthday of the nation's 16th president.
Park Superintendent Bill Justice told The News-Enterprise that a wreath will be placed at the symbolic birth cabin, a newly donated item will be unveiled and a documentary film about Yosemite National Park will be shown.
Lincoln's birthday is Wednesday. The events at the park in Hodgenville will begin at 2 p.m.
Justice said everyone is invited to join the park in remembering Lincoln and his legacy.
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.