Kentucky is home to Mammoth Cave National Park, the world's longest known cave system with over 400 miles of explored passages.
Larue County, located in central Kentucky, has a rich history dating back to the earliest settlements in the region. Native American tribes, including the Shawnee and Cherokee, once inhabited the area. In the late 1700s, European settlers began arriving, and the county was officially established in 1843. The land was named after John LaRue, an early settler and prominent figure in the community.

During the American Revolutionary War, Larue County played a significant role in the fight for independence. The Battle of Hodgenville in 1782 saw a clash between Native American tribes and frontiersmen. The county's involvement continued during the War of 1812 and the Civil War, primarily as a recruiting and training ground for soldiers.

Larue County is most famously known as the birthplace of Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States. Lincoln was born in a small log cabin near Hodgenville in 1809. Today, the Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park preserves the historical site and attracts thousands of visitors each year.

Throughout its history, Larue County has been an agricultural community, with farming and livestock playing a vital role in the local economy. The county has seen both periods of prosperity and challenges, such as the Great Depression and the decline of the farm industry during the 20th century. However, the area continues to thrive, embracing its history while also adapting to the changing times.

This timeline provides a glimpse into the major events and milestones that have shaped the history of Larue County, Kentucky.

  • 1801 - Larue County is established by the Kentucky General Assembly.
  • 1803 - The first permanent settlement is established in what is now Larue County.
  • 1804 - The first church, called Mill Creek Baptist Church, is founded.
  • 1818 - The county seat is established in Hodgenville.
  • 1846 - Abraham Lincoln's family moves to Larue County.
  • 1861-1865 - Larue County residents fight in the American Civil War.
  • 1878 - The last public hanging in Larue County takes place.
  • 1916 - The Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Site is established.
  • 1936 - The Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Park is created.
  • 1955 - Interstate 65 is completed, providing improved transportation infrastructure.
  • 2012 - Larue County celebrates its bicentennial.