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Hodgenville

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Things to do: historic sites, museums
Hodgenville is a home rule-class city in LaRue County, Kentucky, in the United States. It is the seat of its county. It sits along the North Fork of the Nolin River. The population was 3,206 at the 2010 census. It is included in the Elizabethtown metropolitan area.HistoryAn English-born Virginian, Robert Hodgen purchased 10,000 acres of land in the vicinity and, in 1789, built a mill at the site. After his death, the community that grew up around it was called Hodgenville upon the petition of his widow and children. The post office at the site, however, was known as Hodgensville from 1826 to 1904.The city was formally incorporated by the state assembly on February 18, 1836.Abraham Lincoln was born in a small cabin on Sinking Spring Farm near Hodgenville on February 12, 1809. A little over two years later, the family moved to another farm in the Hodgenville area. Despite claims made later, the cabin Lincoln was born in was likely destroyed by the time of his assassination. Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park labels the replica cabin, which was built thirty years after his death, the "Traditional Lincoln Birthplace Cabin." However, the significance of the two Hodgenville sites (birthplace and boyhood home) are found in the setting itself. These two national sites still allow visitors to glimpse at the land that most influenced the life of Abraham Lincoln. The Lincoln Museum is opened for visitors downtown and the bronze Abraham Lincoln Statue is at the town square.
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