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Boundary Oak Distillery event to benefit Lincoln Museum

Distillery owner Brent Goodin presented the original (#1) commemorative box and bottle of Lincoln whiskey to the Lincoln Museum recently as a tribute to the museum’s mission to preserve and promote the region’s Lincoln heritage and in recognition of the museum’s 30th anniversary.

The engraved walnut box was made by Walters Cabinets. It contains a copy of Lincoln’s 1833 liquor license, along with a bottle of Lincoln wheated whiskey. The bottle’s cork incorporates a piece of the Boundary Oak tree from Abraham Lincoln’s birthplace. The box also contains an uncirculated Kentucky penny originally released in Hodgenville in 2009 as part of the nation’s Lincoln Bicentennial.

This unique box and bottle will be auctioned on Wednesday, May 23 during a special reception and fundraiser from 5:30-7 Boundary Oak Distillery in Radcliff. The event is open to the public.

The Lincoln Museum was chartered in March 1988 as a non-profit entity with 500 charter members.

Among the corporate sponsors are The News-Enterprise, the Elizabethtown Visitors and Convention Bureau, Coca-Cola Bottling Co. of Elizabethtown, Lincoln National Bank, Magnolia Bank, Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels, Nolin RECC, LaRue County Herald News, Hodgenville Rotary, the Lions Club, the Women's Club, LaRue County Farm Bureau, Irmgard Mercer, Druther’s, Cumberland Bank, and  R.E. Williams, Inc.

The museum initially began in the Middleton & Marcum department store, which closed in the mid-1980s. The 103-year-old building now houses historically accurate dioramas as well as donated artifacts and memorabilia from across the United States. Over the past three decades, there has been three major expansions that included the purchase of two additional National Register buildings as well as the opening of the Community Room and a Lincoln Library. Further renovations expanded the gift shop and reception area ensuring compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the creation of a large, second-floor art gallery.

Located in Hodgenville’s Downtown Historic District, the museum is administered by a volunteer Board of Trustees and is open daily, year round.   

“If you haven’t been to the museum, you’ve missed one of the state’s finest attractions, and the history of how the LaRue County folks made this happen is truly a story of community vision and spirit," said Goodin. "We’re proud to honor Lincoln as a neighbor, a great man, and the greatest president.”