Welcome to LaRue County! LaRue County is known for its warm hospitality, quiet rural setting, and the pride the community takes in being the birthplace of our nation’s greatest president, Abraham Lincoln.

LaRue County is centrally located in Kentucky and is within a couple hours of most of Kentucky’s major metropolitan areas.

Lincoln Parkway, US 31E, US 31W, I-65 and other major routes all give LaRue County easy transportation access.

While agricultural activity, such as tobacco, dairy, beef and grain, continues to provide the major portion of the area’s economy, business and economic development efforts have seen an influx of new employment opportunities for citizens. The LaRue County Industrial Foundation spearheads the effort to see new industries and business find a home in LaRue County.

The LaRue County seat of Hodgenville was established in 1818. The other larger communities in LaRue County include Upton, the only other incorporated city, Buffalo, Magnolia, Mt. Sherman, and Lyons Station.

LaRue County boasts a number of churches, both modern and historical, an excellent school system and public library, outstanding health care facilities, and a variety of civic clubs and agricultural associations. The county also has an active senior citizens organization with its own modern facility in downtown Hodgenville. Sunrise Manor, rated as one of Kentucky’s outstanding nursing facilities, has residential, adult day care, and outpatient therapy services.

Recreational opportunities in LaRue County include an 18-hole golf course, several lakes, and the LaRue County Park, which has tennis courts, soccer, softball and baseball fields, a swimming pool, and a multipurpose use facility.

Perhaps the most noted aspect of LaRue County is its rich history. The Abraham Lincoln Birthplace is a National Historic Site and is under the direction of the National Park Service. LaRue County also is the home of another National Park Service site in its recent acquisition of the Abraham Lincoln Boyhood Home on Knob Creek. This facility contains 228 acres that was purchased by Thomas Lincoln in 1812. Lincoln lived on this farm in the beautiful Knob section of LaRue County until the family moved to Indiana in the fall of 1816.

Welcome to LaRue County. It’s a great place to be!
LaRue County Judge/Executive Tommy Turner

The traditional Lincoln birthplace cabin is housed within the granite memorial building at Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Site in Hodgenville, Ky. The grounds include 116 acres of Thomas Lincoln’s Sinking Spring farm, a visitor’s center, nature trails and picnic area.

The Lincoln Boyhood Home at Knob Creek Farm was Abraham Lincoln’s last home in Kentucky. The site offers a replica of the original Lincoln family cabin, and picnic facilities.

The Abraham Lincoln statue is located on the town square in Hodgenville. The seven-foot-high bronze statue mounted on a five-foot pink granite pedestal was dedicated in 1909 during the centennial anniversary of the President’s birth.

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