The Trip to Hodgenville
Trip Start Jul 04, 2009
8Trip End Jul 30, 2009
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Thursday, no one else was here yet so we decided to go to see Lincoln’s birthplace near Hodgenville. We drove south and went through Central City—home of the Everly Brothers! and picked up a parkway east. From there we took what Tom said was a scenic bypass by the map. It was NARROW and twisty and went through several very little towns. It was not particularly scenic. I checked the legend on the map again and found we were on a bicycle route not a scenic bypass. It looked like a suicide route for bicyclers but I was glad to know it wasn’t what Kentucky thought was scenic. Hodgenville was scenic however. A very pretty town square with a small, private Lincoln museum and a large state of Lincoln in the middle of the square. Also there was a small shop that sold ice cream, pies and some of the best fudge ever! We got fudge and headed off for the birthplace
Lincoln’s birthplace is in a really pretty setting. There is a large memorial building on the top of a hill –looks like a huge tomb. When you get in it, there is a small log cabin. It’s an interesting way to preserve a log cabin but seeing living quarters like that is always interesting. Very small and one room and a whole family living there is hard to imagine. There is also an enclosure outside the cabin memorial that protects "Sinking Springs" where the family got their water. It’s a sinkhole with a running spring—there was a little frog sitting there wondering why people were taking pictures of water and rocks. The other site, “Boundary Oak”, was where a huge oak tree used to mark the boundary of the family’s property but the tree is gone and site closed off. The only other thing there is Nancy Lincoln’s Inn that has some food and a little souvenir shop. It has been open since the 1920s so it’s a historic site too. You can rent a small log cabin to stay in too!
We headed back to the rv park, suitably educated, and I wanted to stop at a small cemetery that I’d seen with a historic marker at the entrance. Kentucky is not good about telling you that historic markers loom in the distance. Texas always lets us know that there is one ahead and then tells you that you are there! The cemetery was outside South Carrollton and it is a really lovely, post Civil War burial area. The marker is for Judge John Goodman but it doesn’t give the dates of his life so I have no idea where to place him. I’ll have to look him up, I guess—if I ever have internet again! I really get unhappy about rv parks that advertise free wifi and then provide very BAD wifi
Back at the rv park, we just had to wait for other folks who were coming to the parrot lists meet and greet. I knew for sure that Karen and Pamela were coming but wasn’t sure how many other folks were still able to attend. We knew we’d had lots of cancellations for different reasons so we were curious who would be able to get there. We also found that the park was hosting go-cart races that Saturday—there were a lot of bales of hay being laid out and plastic fencing marking a rather impressive race track. The park also had several lakes that they stock with fish regularly so folks can, as Tom says, go out and murder some wildlife. I don’t think Tom will be fishing.