Lincoln County is home to some of Kentucky's earliest and most fascinating history. It was originally one of the first three counties formed in what would become the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Lincoln County was home to some of the state's most influential early settlers and leaders. Men such as Isaac Shelby, who was a future two-time governor, and Benjamin Logan and William Whitley, both of whom paved the way for thousands of the state's first pioneers. They all made history in Lincoln County. The county was also the location of significant early forts and settlements, including Logan's and Carpenter's Stations. In addition, church congregations established long ago still remain a prominent part of the county's present.
Lincoln County was named for Benjamin Lincoln, a Revolutionary War hero. It became known for its location along part of the Wilderness Road, and later as the home of a noted hydrotherapy resort at Crab Orchard Springs.
A Swiss-German community at Ottenheim was also influential to the county's history. Lincoln County was also the home to military heroes like Marine Private First Class William B. Baugh, who earned the Medal of Honor in Korea, and the scene of a tragic crash of a military bomber in 1966. It was where accomplished educator Sophia Alcorn was born, and where former slave Napoleon Bonaparte Hays started a freedmen's community.
We hope you will use this app to better understand the important part Lincoln County had played in Kentucky history.