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Elizabethtown, Kentucky Travel Guide

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Sitting astride the crossroads of the Western Kentucky and Bluegrass Parkways, Elizabethtown is a place where you might meet famous residents like P.T. Barnum or Carrie Nation swinging her famous hatchet on a downtown walking tour. History is here isn't dry and dull but as fun as the outdoor recreation the area also offers.

Visit Elizabethtown in summer to meet local residents dressed and portraying characters on the Historic Downtown Walking tour. Visit Lincoln Heritage House, built by Abraham Lincoln's father, or step inside Sarah Bush Johnston Lincoln Cabin, a memorial to Lincoln's stepmother.

Schmidt Museum of Coca-Cola memorabilia is a fun place to visit that brings back memories with its huge collection, said to be the largest in the world. Swope's Cars of Yesteryear Museum displays autos from the 1920s-1960s. The new Hardin County History Museum presents the town's pioneer history in permanent and rotating exhibits.

Outdoor recreation can begin with a greenbelt tour of the town's parks and trails. Freeman Lake Park offers fishing, boating and picnicking while Elizabethtown Nature Park preserves land for nature exploration.

Combine dining with nightlife at Phat Zoe's, where pizza and pasta are accompanied by live music several nights a week. Or try Backstage Cafe, with a deli-style menu and live original music and "dinner theatre".

Elizabethtown is located about 45 miles south of Louisville, KY. Take I-65 south to Elizabethtown.


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