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One Day Sample Itinerary

10:00am - Elizabethtown Nature Park & Veterans Tribute
The Park, located at 1900 Ring Road is home to the Hardin County Veterans Tribute.  


11:00am – Depart for the Hardin County History Museum


11:15am – Hardin County History Museum
The story of Elizabethtown and surrounding communities from the 1700’s is told through exhibits, written material, and video presentation.


12:00pm – Depart for Lunch. Whether you’re looking for soups and sandwiches, a southern-style dinner or something exotic, Elizabethtown has a wide selection of dining options to choose from.


1:15pm – Depart for Swope’s Cars of Yesteryear Museum


1:30pm Visit Swope’s Cars of Yesteryear Museum
Admire and reminisce as you look at 50-plus antique and classic cars in mint condition. 


2:15pm – Depart for Glendale


2:30pmVisit Glendale Historic District
A shopper’s paradise, this historic district is a restored 1920’s railroad community that offers a relaxed atmosphere, quaint shopping, and fine dining. With a dozen gift and antique shops located within a two-block radius, it’s a shopping destination for finding that special gift or item. (Most shops closed on Monday.)


5:30pm – Depart for dinner in Elizabethtown. With more than 100 restaurants to choose from, Elizabethtown offers a wide variety of dining and cuisine styles sure to satisfy everyone’s taste buds.


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.


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 – 10:00am until 5:00pm.
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.


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
8:30am – Depart for the General George Patton Museum at Fort Knox from Elizabethtown (Turn right into the parking lot once you have passed the Museum.)


9:00am – 10:00am – Visit the General George Patton Museum. As impressive as the man himself, military hardware displays and General Patton’s personal items are among the museum’s artifacts.


10:00am – Depart for Freeman Lake Park.


10:30am – 11:30am – Inspect the Historic Cabins 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 – 10:00am until 5:00pm.
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.

11:30am – 12:30pm – Lunch in Elizabethtown. Whether you’re looking for soups and sandwiches, a southern-style dinner or something exotic, Elizabethtown has a wide selection of dining options to choose from.


12:30pm – Depart for Swope’s Cars of Yesteryear Museum


12:35pm – 1:30pmVisit Swope’s Cars of Yesteryear Museum
Admire and reminisce as you look at 50-plus antique and classic cars in mint condition. 


1:30pm – 2:30pm – Elizabethtown Nature Park & Veterans Tribute
​The Park, located at 1900 Ring Road is home to the Hardin County Veterans Tribute.  

2:30pm -  Depart for Historic Downtown Glendale 

2:45pm – 5:30pmVisit Glendale Historic District
A shopper’s paradise, this historic district is a restored 1920’s railroad community that offers a relaxed atmosphere, quaint shopping, and fine dining. With a dozen gift and antique shops located within a two-block radius, it’s a shopping destination for finding that special gift or item. (Most shops closed on Monday.)


5:30pm  – Depart for Elizabethtown


5:45pm – Dinner in Elizabethtown. Our city offers a wide variety of restaurants appealing to every appetite.


Seasonal Evening Event
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.
800-437-0092

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
8:00am – 8:30am – Travel time to Abraham Lincoln’s Birthplace, Hodgenville, KY


8:30am – 9:30amExplore Abraham Lincoln’s Birthplace
Climb the marble and granite memorial’s 56 steps, one for each year of Lincoln’s life. Located 1 mile south of Hodgenville on US 61.


9:30am – Depart for the Lincoln Museum


9:45am – 10:30am – Tour Lincoln Museum. Exhibits and wax figures feature the life of Lincoln. Located at Lincoln Square in Hodgenville. Group rates available.


10:30am – Depart for Abraham Lincoln's Boyhood Home in Knob Creek, Ky.


11:00am – 11:30am – Tour Abraham Lincoln’s Boyhood Home. Abraham Lincoln said, “My earliest recollection is of the Knob Creek place.” After a land title dispute, the Lincolns moved to Indiana when Abraham was 7. Abraham Lincoln Cabin and Gift Shop.


11:30am – Depart for the Kentucky Railway Museum


12:00pm – 2:00pm – Inspect railroad artifacts at the Kentucky Railway Museum. Ride the train through Rolling Fork River Valley. Lunch available on trains for groups. Gift Shop.
http://www.kyrail.org/
800-272-0152


2:00pm – Depart for Maker’s Mark Distillery.

2:30pm – 4:00pm –Tour Maker’s Mark Distillery. See America’s award-winning bourbon being produced. Each lot is checked a minimum of 5 times while aging. Reservations recommended for over 15. Motorcoach parking available.


4:00pm – Depart for Elizabethtown for dinner.


DAY THREE
8:30am – Depart for Jim Beam Distillery

9:00am – 10:00am – Visit Jim Beam Distillery. Learn how the barrel makers developed their
craft and visit the tasting parlor in the Beam home. Don’t miss the one-of-a-kind authentic moonshine still. Gift shop. Reservations recommended for over 20. Motorcoach parking available.


10:00am – 10:30 or 11:00am – Depart for Bardstown.
OPTIONAL: Stop at Rooster Run General Store, KY Hwy 245, Cox’s Creek. A nationally known “must see” spot, it is known for its baseball caps.
502-348-8753


10:30 or 11:00am – 12:00pm – Visit Heaven Hill Bourbon Heritage Center. Experience the state-of-the-art interactive exhibits and learn to appreciate Single Barrel Bourbons inside the Parker Beam tasting barrel.


12:00pm – 12:15pm – Depart for Old Talbott Tavern


12:15pm – 1:30pm – Lunch at Old Talbott Tavern, America’s oldest Western stagecoach stop.
Prominent visitors included Abraham Lincoln, General George Patton, and
Jesse James.
http://www.talbotts.com/
1-800-4-TAVERN


1:30pm – Depart for My Old Kentucky Home


1:45pm – 2:15pm – Step back in time as you enter My Old Kentucky Home, antebellum
Federal Hill made famous by Stephen Foster’s song. Tours and group rates available.
800-638-4877


2:15pm – Depart for Spalding Hall


2:30pm – 3:30pm – Oscar Getz Museum of Whiskey History and Bardstown Historical
Museum are located in Spalding Hall. Once used as a Civil War hospital, the building now houses American whiskey artifacts and area historical items covering a 200-year period.
http://www.whiskeymuseum.com/
502-348-2999


3:30pm – 5:00pm – Shop around Bardstown. The area boasts a variety of specialty shops offering gifts, antiques, collectibles, clothing, arts and crafts.


My Old Kentucky Dinner Train – Relax while enjoying a gourmet meal on a two-hour excursion in restored 1940’s dining cars. Available for individuals, families and tour groups. Reservation information at 502-348-7300.


8:00pm – Depart for Elizabethtown


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