|After a few days of lazing around, relaxing and catching up on chores, Tuesday morning came and we were off to see more of the many sights in this area. This is one history laden area, full of interesting things to see.
For Tuesday, we had elected to see the museum of General George S. Patton Jr. located in Ft. Knox, Kentucky, dedicated to his life and the history of armored warfare from World War 1 up to present day. The present museum building was constructed between 1972 and 1992 and houses static displays of various tanks and other armament, a number of Patton’s personal effects dating from WWII, plus his office van and touring car. This description of the museum can in no way, do it justice. There is no way words can describe the vastness of the museum except to say it houses many, many real tanks and many other large displays.
Adjacent to the museum in Keyes Park, are found other historically significant vehicles and equipment, tanks from WWI, WWII, Korean Conflict, Vietnam and Desert Storm.
Also adjacent to the Patton Museum is the Armor Memorial Park that was constructed to honor all those that fought with Armor in wars in the 20th century which includes all branches of service. The memorials to each unit are arranged in a random pattern, so that there is no first or last, each unit having served with distinction.
When we finished at the museum, we drove a short distance over to Bullion Avenue, to the Ft. Knox depository, where the Federal Gold Reserve is housed. It has also been the repository of many valuable and important items, not only to the U. S., but other countries around the world, during times of wars and uncertainty. During WWII, the U. S. Declaration of Independence and the U. S. Constitution were housed there. This was the final item on our agenda for the day.
Wednesday, we had selected to visit Abraham Lincoln’s birthplace, boyhood home, museum, the Lincoln Heritage House, the schoolhouse where he attended school and a cabin where his stepmother lived prior to marrying his father. The museum, located in Hodgenville, is well organized and has some very good displays from different segments of Abraham’s life from boyhood through his presidency to his assassination. It also included an art gallery of drawings and paintings of Abraham.
Finishing our tour of the museum, we drove out of town to the state park where a replica of the cabin he was born in is housed, in a granite and marble monument, erected 1909-1911. There are 56 steps leading up to the Memorial Building, one for each year of the 16th U. S. President’s life. Abraham Lincoln was born in this 16 ft. x 18 ft., one room cabin, heated by a stone lined fireplace, on the 12th day of February, 1809, and lived there 2-1/2 yrs. It was built with native hardwood logs and chinked with local clay.
After visiting the Monument Building and other buildings there in the park, we left and drove back to town and out another highway about 6 miles to Knob Creek Farm to see where Abraham lived until the family moved to Indiana. Completing our visit to Knob Creek Farm, we drove back to town in search of lunch. We’d noticed Abe’s Country Cooking Restaurant near the square and headed there anticipating some good homecooked food. We weren’t disappointed this time.
After lunch, we headed to Elizabethtown to visit the Lincoln Heritage House, the schoolhouse he attended and a replica of the cabin where his stepmother lived prior to marrying Tom Lincoln, located at Freeman Lake Park. Arriving at the park, we located the park visitor’s center and discovered that the Heritage House had been burned by an arsonist, but the schoolhouse and the stepmother’s cabin had been spared. The park attendant opened the schoolhouse and let us see inside. We took pictures there and went over to the stepmother’s cabin and took pictures then went on our way, having a much better understanding of this great man.
Leaving Elizabethtown, we made our way back home, tired but having enjoyed another good day.