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One Day Sample Itinerary

10:00am - Visit the General George Patton Museum in Fort Knox

11:30 a.m. - Inspect the historic cabins at Freeman Lake Park in Elizabethtown 
(The Lincoln Heritage House, the Sarah Bush Johnston Lincoln Memorial, and the One-Room Schoolhouse)

12 p.m. - Go kayaking, peddle boating, or canoeing at Freeman Lake Park

1 p.m. - Eat lunch at one of our many restaurants
(Download our app for a list of local options)

2:30 p.m. - Admire classic cars at Swope's Cars of Yesteryear Museum

3:30 p.m. - Relax or walk the trails at the Elizabethtown Nature Park and Veterans Tribute, also home to the Vietnam Veterans Replica Wall

4 p.m. - Test your jump shot at the Kentucky High School Basketball Hall of Fame Museum

5 p.m. - Take a guided tour of Historic Downtown Elizabethtown by downloading our free smartphone app OR walk through Etown's hidden gem, the Hardin County History Museum

6:30 p.m. - Dinner in downtown Elizabethtown

Seasonal
Historic Downtown Costumed Walking Tour
Thursday Evenings, June – September
This hour-long outdoor walking tour begins at 7:00 pm at 25 Public Square in Elizabethtown. 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 Custer, and Carrie Nation. You will also be introduced to some not-so-famous characters who have very interesting stories to tell. The tour consists of walking around a block with frequent stops.

Thursday evenings 7:00pm – 8:00pm.  Visit the Tavern in the Garden at the Brown-Pusey House and enjoy refreshments served by a barmaid in period costume and listen to the music provided by local talent, open from 6:00 - 9:00 pm.

Christmas in the Park
Thanksgiving to New Year’s Eve
An illuminated roadway will guide you through this beautiful spectacle of Christmas spirit. Music of the season on your radio, along with lights glimmering upon Freeman Lake will create that special Christmas magic for you and your entire family.
1-800-437-0092

Historic Buildings at Freeman Lake Park 
ALL THREE HISTORIC BUILDINGS AT FREEMAN LAKE PARK ARE TEMPORARILY CLOSED FOR MAINTENANCE, BUT PHOTOS STILL WELCOME    
June – September
Tuesday through Saturday – 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.
1-800-437-0092
Lincoln Heritage House – Although this beloved historic double cabin was gutted by fire early in 2009, the community rebuilt the house using historic building materials including salvaged timbers in 2011.
Sara Bush Johnston Lincoln Memorial – A replica of the home of Sarah Bush Johnston, Abraham Lincoln’s stepmother.
One Room School House – The ‘finest school in the county’ originally built in 1892.

Arts & Culture
The Historic State Theater
Described in 1942 as “one of the finest . . . outside of Louisville,” this beautifully restored theater includes a 200-seat black-box theater. The main theater seats over 600. 

The Hardin County Schools Performing Arts Center (The PAC)
The PAC is a regional performing arts center located in the heart of Kentucky, dedicated to bringing professional-quality experiences to our community. The center seats just under 800 and is equipped with a Broadway style bus-and-truck roadhouse stage with a full fly system, orchestra pit lift and a soon to be added orchestral shell. Past performances have included The Lettermen, Vicki Lawrence, and the Peking Acrobats. Brochures for scheduled performances are available upon request. Admission and show times vary.

 

Three-Day Sample Itinerary

DAY ONE

10:00am - Visit the General George Patton Museum in Fort Knox

11:30 a.m. - Inspect the historic cabins at Freeman Lake Park in Elizabethtown 
(The Lincoln Heritage House, the Sarah Bush Johnston Lincoln Memorial, and the One-Room Schoolhouse)

12 p.m. - Go kayaking, peddle boating, or canoeing at Freeman Lake Park

1 p.m. - Eat lunch at one of our many restaurants
(Download our app for a list of local options)

2:30 p.m. - Admire classic cars at Swope's Cars of Yesteryear Museum

3:30 p.m. - Relax or walk the trails at the Elizabethtown Nature Park and Veterans Tribute, also home to the Vietnam Veterans Replica Wall

4 p.m. - Test your jump shot at the Kentucky High School Basketball Hall of Fame Museum

5 p.m. - Take a guided tour of Historic Downtown Elizabethtown by downloading our free smartphone app OR walk through Etown's hidden gem, the Hardin County History Museum

6:30 p.m. - Dinner in downtown Elizabethtown

Seasonal
Historic Downtown Costumed Walking Tour
Thursday Evenings, June – September
This hour-long outdoor walking tour begins at 7:00 pm at 25 Public Square in Elizabethtown. 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 Custer, and Carrie Nation. You will also be introduced to some not-so-famous characters who have very interesting stories to tell. The tour consists of walking around a block with frequent stops.

Thursday evenings 7:00pm – 8:00pm.  Visit the Tavern in the Garden at the Brown-Pusey House and enjoy refreshments served by a barmaid in period costume and listen to the music provided by local talent, open from 6:00 - 9:00 pm.

Christmas in the Park
Thanksgiving to New Year’s Eve
An illuminated roadway will guide you through this beautiful spectacle of Christmas spirit. Music of the season on your radio, along with lights glimmering upon Freeman Lake will create that special Christmas magic for you and your entire family.
1-800-437-0092

Historic Buildings at Freeman Lake Park 
ALL THREE HISTORIC BUILDINGS AT FREEMAN LAKE PARK ARE TEMPORARILY CLOSED FOR MAINTENANCE, BUT PHOTOS STILL WELCOME    
June – September
Tuesday through Saturday – 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.
1-800-437-0092
Lincoln Heritage House – Although this beloved historic double cabin was gutted by fire early in 2009, the community rebuilt the house using historic building materials including salvaged timbers in 2011.
Sara Bush Johnston Lincoln Memorial – A replica of the home of Sarah Bush Johnston, Abraham Lincoln’s stepmother.
One Room School House – The ‘finest school in the county’ originally built in 1892.

Arts & Culture
The Historic State Theater
Described in 1942 as “one of the finest . . . outside of Louisville,” this beautifully restored theater includes a 200-seat black-box theater. The main theater seats over 600. 

The Hardin County Schools Performing Arts Center (The PAC)
The PAC is a regional performing arts center located in the heart of Kentucky, dedicated to bringing professional-quality experiences to our community. The center seats just under 800 and is equipped with a Broadway style bus-and-truck roadhouse stage with a full fly system, orchestra pit lift and a soon to be added orchestral shell. Past performances have included The Lettermen, Vicki Lawrence, and the Peking Acrobats. Brochures for scheduled performances are available upon request. Admission and show times vary.


DAY TWO

8 a.m. - Visit Glendale Historic District
(A shopper's paradise, this historic district is a restored 1920s railroad community that offers a relaxed atmosphere, quaint shopping, and fine dining)

10 a.m. - Explore Abraham Lincoln's Birthplace in Hodgenville
(Climb the granite memorial's 56 steps, one for each year of Lincoln's life)

11:45 a.m. - Tour the Lincoln Museum in Hodgenville
(Exhibits and wax figures feature the life of Lincoln)

12:30 p.m. - Visit Abraham Lincoln's Boyhood Home in Knob Creek
(Recently reconstructed, the 16th president labeled the Knob Creek home his "earliest recollection")

1 p.m. - Inspect railroad artifacts in New Haven at the Kentucky Railway Museum
(Ride the train through Rolling Fork River Valley. Lunch available on trains for groups)

3:30 p.m. - Learn how bourbon is made at Maker's Mark Distillery in Loretto
(Each lot is checked a minimum of 5 times while aging)

6 p.m. - Dinner in Elizabethtown
(Download our free smartphone app for a list of eateries)


DAY THREE

9 a.m. - Journey through time at My Old Kentucky Home in Bardstown
(Federal Hill made famous by Stephen Foster's song)

10 a.m. - Tour the Oscar Getz Museum of Whiskey History in Bardstown
(Once used as a Civil War hospital, the building now houses American whiskey artifacts)

11 a.m. - Lunch at My Old Kentucky Dinner Train
(Relax while enjoying a gourmet meal on a 2-hour excursion in restored 1940s dining cars)

1 p.m. - Visit the Heaven Hill Bourbon Heritage Center in Bardstown
(Experience the state-of-the-art interactive exhibits and learn to appreciate the single barrel bourbons inside the Parker Beam tasting barrel)

2:30 p.m. - Grab a drink at Old Talbott Tavern in Bardstown
(America's oldest western stagecoach stop)

3 p.m. - Taste bourbon at the Jim Beam Distillery in Clermont
(Learn how the barrel makers developed their craft and visit the tasting parlor)

5 p.m. - Connect with nature at the Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest in Clermont

6:30 p.m. - Dinner in Elizabethtown
(Download our free smartphone app for a list of eateries)

Seasonal Evening Event
8:00pmThe Stephen Foster Story
Professional outdoor production of Stephen Foster’s life and music located in My Old Kentucky Home State Park. Mid June to mid August. Some matinee performance held inside air-conditioned theater. Also held inside in the event of rain. Advance reservations are recommended. All tickets will be held at the box office. Special rates for groups and backstage tours are also available. Visit the website or call for information or to make reservations.
http://www.stephenfoster.com/
800-626-1563