Elizabethtown was captured by General John Hunt Morgan on December 27, 1862, and is home to the Lincoln Heritage House. Located behind the museum in Freeman Lake Park, this house was constructed by Abraham Lincoln's father, Thomas.
Another site of interest is the Helm Cemetery where General Benjamin Hardin Helm, a commander of the Confederate Orphan Brigade from Kentucky, is buried. He was also the husband of Mary Todd Lincoln's half sister, Emilie Todd.
Walking Tour: This outdoor theatre begins at 7:00 pm (EST) on the square in Elizabethtown at 25 Public Square. From there you will take a leisurely stroll back in time as you are guided through the downtown to meet prominent figures in American history such as P.T. Barnum, Jenny Lind, General George Armstrong and Carrie Nation. You will also be introduced to some not so famous; although some may call them infamous, local characters that have some very interesting stories to share. The Downtown Elizabethtown Walking Tour occurs every Thursday from the first Thursday in June to the last Thursday in September. The tour takes about an hour and consists of walking around a block with frequent stops.
Hardin County History Museum. The museum is located at 201 W. Dixie Ave (intersection of US 31W and US 62). It exhibits a unique and compelling display of local history in addition to traveling and theme exhibits that change from time to time. There is no fee to tour the museum. Hours of operation: Wednesday - Saturday from 10 am - 2 pm. Group tours are available and always welcomed by calling (270) 737-4126 or visit the website at: www.hardinkyhistory.org
CIVIL WAR HISTORICAL MARKERS NEAR ELIZABETHTOWN:
Morgan's Second Raid (State Marker 525, Elizabethtown at Cemetery, US 31W)
Elizabethtown Battle (State Marker 1116, Elizabethtown at Cemetery, US 31W)
Lincoln Heritage House (State Marker 1468, Elizabethtown, 1/4 mi. E of US 31W)
For addditional information:
"Lincoln Heritage House" brochure
"Confederate Soldier Cemetery" brochure
Downtown walking tour (800)437-0092
Contact the Elizabethtown Tourist & Visitors Bureau (270)765-2175