There’s a lot of history in the Heartland, and it’s something folks around here take great pride in. In fact, one of our region’s most famous natives celebrated his 200th birthday in 2009. In fact, the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Site in Hodgenville hosted the kick-off event for the nation’s celebration. Here you can see a 19th century cabin like the one where Lincoln was born and hike the trails on the land the Lincoln Family farmed.
Our heritage and culture are a mix of Southern and Midwest, and these influences can be found In our cuisine, music and lifestyle. We’re probably best known for thoroughbred horses, bluegrass music, college basketball and most importantly – our generous hospitality and friendly people.
And for more than 200 years, Kentucky has produced the world’s finest Bourbons, using secret recipes and a time-honored process passed down from generation to generation. Today, many consider the region the “Napa Valley” of bourbon, and visitors can explore the rich tradition and proud history of “America’s Official Native Spirit” on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail®, featuring six signature distilleries nestled among the most beautiful scenery to be found anywhere.
To find out more about Kentucky’s History and Heritage, visit our Resources Page.