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Rich history of Hardin County preserved in museum

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ELIZABETHTOWN, KY. (WDRB) -- The list of famous people linked to Hardin County reads like a who's-who in American history -- presidents, war heroes, and superstar athletes.

In an old brick building at the heart of Elizabethtown you'll find the rich history of Hardin County, told through pictures and paintings and hand-written letters more than 200 years old.

** "We have this statue of Abraham Lincoln that was made when he was about five years."

The museum offers a full Lincoln family wing, with the rarely heard story of how they made Hardin County home.  **Thomas Lincoln came here after Nancy Hanks died, and met his wife who was Abe Lincoln's stepmother Sarah Bush Johnson, and they were married here over on Main Street."

It is a giant history lesson: ** (pointing out pic?)  **"James Buchanan.  15th President of the United States.  So we had the 15th and 16th president Living in Hardin County at one point in time."

** "There was seven soldiers killed in the Battle of E-town, and he was one of them.  This was his pocket Bible.  It has his name in it, actually blood stains in the Bible."

**"We're really proud of this one.  This uniform belongs to Carl Brashear.  He's known as the first black Navy diver, and also the first amputee diver."

That story became a major motion picture, "Men of Honor," with Academy Award winning actor Cuba Gooding Junior playing Brashear.

** "Carl grew up just down the road in Sonora, Kentucky and all of his kinfolk still live in E-town."

Everything in the Hardin County Museum is donated or on loan.  It's only been there ten years.  The staff is all volunteers.

There is so much to see and so much to touch, that the history comes to life.  **"A lot of people don't know that Kenny Perry, the famous golfer, was actually born here in Elizabethtown and this is one of his golf bags."

**"Every day I learn new things."

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