May 19, 2012. I left early hoping to visit 3 places within 40-50 miles of the hotel. First on the list was Hodgenville, the town Abraham Lincoln lived near until he was about 7 or 8. Lincoln was born at Sinking Spring Farm, shown in an earlier post. Sinking Spring Farm was on an area of mostly very low rolling hills.
The Lincoln’s were forced off the land in a title dispute and the family rented a new farm some 10 miles distant known as Knob Creek Farm. This was in a lowland below with larger hills nearby, but flatter land between the hills.
The family stayed in this area until about 1817 when title disputes again forced the family to leave, this time for Indiana. Later they moved to Illinois.
The town of Hodgenville has a notable early 20th century flavor to it. It has a small public park in the center surrounded by a traffic circle. The periphery of the square are commercial establishments. There is a barber, a Mason’s Hall, a bank, a church, an antique store, & others. This is the town center pretty much as I first saw it.
The center of the square has a statue of Lincoln.
Down one of the streets feeding into the square is a line of old brick buildings. One of them is a pharmacy with this old neon sign on it. I like to photograph old neon signs when I can.
There is a better photo of a neon sign from a drug store in my post of Oct. 31, 2011. That one is shown in color and black & white. This one will have to entertain you in black & white only.
From Hodgenville I travelled east to the Lincoln boyhood site.
There one of the park rangers had a good knowledge of Canon cameras and we had a very nice conversation. She was quite impressed with my fish eye lens.
The area has a few informational displays. This was one of them.
This is the boyhood home with the other ranger at the site. It is a replica cabin. It is contemporary to the time, but not to the site. While there the ranger told me this area was bottom land subject to occasional flooding. The actual site of the cabin has been lost.
She also said the birthplace replica cabin (in the post from last week) is exactly placed within inches as the original hearthstones of the fireplace are still on the site buried under the replica. This changes the information from my post on the birthplace site.
Here are a couple of shots of the area.
You can see the farm is very lush in a good springtime environment.
The next post will be from later this day at the Kentucky Railway Museum.