Vacation: Abraham Lincoln’s Early Days in Kentucky

As we made our way through Kentucky, we were amazed by the vastness of beautiful wide open spaces.  We have the Reader’s Digest ‘The Most Scenic Drives in America: 120 Spectacular Road Trips‘ and loved being led on country roads and seeing so much more than just the highway on route to Abraham Lincoln’s early days.

We loved getting to pass through an Amish community.  These sweet children pulled their straw hats over their faces as they passed our SUV.

This Amish farmer was a little less shy as we passed slowly by him plowing his fields.  He seemed to be just as curious at the ten eyes staring at him as we were of him and his simple {albeit seems tough} lifestyle.  Just past the farm house was a huge pile of logs, some of the wood had begun to be carved into furniture.
Not too far down the road, was a living museum built on the birthplace of Abraham Lincoln.  We realized we hadn’t taken a picture as they were closing the National Historical Park so we snapped this real quickly by a symbol of his memorial building.
Then we followed a rural road pass some historic homes and through the town center until we reached Abraham Lincoln’s childhood home.
We passed a few more rustic barns.
And just a little further down the road, we pulled up to Abraham Lincoln’s boyhood home.  “My earliest recollection is of the Knob Creek place.” So wrote Abraham Lincoln on June 4, 1860, to Samuel Haycraft of Elizabethtown, Kentucky.  ‘He could remember how he stayed by his mother’s side and watched her face while listening to her read the Bible. Lincoln could also remember the baby brother who was born and died on the Knob Creek Farm.  He remembered one occasion when he and his sister, Sarah, had planted the garden; Abraham said he planted pumpkin seeds in every other hill and every other row while Sarah and others planted the corn. The following night a big rain in the hills sent water rushing into the creek, the creek flooded the fields and washed away their garden.  It was also at Knob Creek that Abraham first saw African – Americans being taken south along the Louisville – Nashville Turnpike, part of the old Cumberland Road, to be sold as slaves.’  {National Park Service}
This stop was fabulous!  After being in the car, it was so much fun to find wide open spaces to run and play and even more amazing to be on the same soil that Abraham Lincoln {one of the greatest men our country has ever known, a major contributor to the abolishment of slavery and a man willing to take great risks to preserve our country’s union} had once ran and played as well.

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  1. Christine says:

    This looks like so much fun! I am in awe of that old log home. Guess I need to put Lincoln’s house on my bucket list, lol!

  2. Aimee - says:

    Well that explains a lot!!! Thanks so much for filling me in!!! XO, Aimee

  3. Anonymous says:

    Aimee- the Amish do not like their picture being taken because in their religion if your picture is caught on camera it steals your soul! Unless they are Mennonites, then they allow it!!

  4. Aimee - says:

    You are so right Jo-Anne. Definitely a mixture!!! They sure do live on beautiful land!!
    It was such a treat to have a brief window into their lives!

  5. Lindsay says:

    What a fun adventure for your family! I love those pictures, such a gorgeous area! Enjoy it!

  6. Aimee - says:

    Yes! It was so GREAT! My little girl wanted to move into the house right next to the Amish community. She thought they were so fun.