Hardin County History Museum

Hardin County History Museum, Elizabethtown: Tickets, Tours, Address, Phone Number, Hardin County History Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

Hardin County History Museum

Hardin County History Museum
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Ashley
Belleville, IL116 contributions
Impressive for a small, county museum
Oct 2020 • Family
There truely is something for everyone here. We visited with 3 small children so we didnt get to spend much time looking theough everything but was able to at least walk through and quickly take it all in. The people there were all very friendly as well. Great place to visit to get a little taste of history!
Written October 17, 2020
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Porthos7
West Chester, OH6,066 contributions
Wow!
Jul 2020 • Solo
This museum really is incredible! So much history/artifacts/one of a kind items - there's a little something for everyone! One of the most diverse history museums I've ever seen! Make this a must stop!
Written July 31, 2020
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skt39
Charleston, WV28 contributions
Elizabethtown trip
Feb 2020 • Solo
About 5 to 10 minutes from Swopes car museum. Nice museum. Lots of information about Abraham Lincoln. Was very interesting. Jeannie was very nice. I spent about 45 minutes to an hour in here. Could be longer if interested. I would recommend it.
Written February 13, 2020
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skphillips
Elizabethtown, KY52 contributions
Hardin county Leadership course attended this last year as a group
Sep 2018
There is so many nice things to view with history here in Hardin County.
I recommend everyone to visit you can learn about the history of this area and
about fort Knox
Written August 6, 2019
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interceptpubs
Columbus, IN1,004 contributions
Very good local history museum
Feb 2019 • Solo
Hardin County has a remarkably interesting history - a history very well covered by this fine little free museum. We visited late on a Saturday morning and, except for the volunteer on duty, had the museum all to ourselves. Following the volunteer's suggestion, we started at the front of the museum with a gallery devoted to the Lewis and Clark Expedition. It is not commonly known that a large number of members of the Corps of Discovery were from Kentucky, including one member from Hardin County. From here, the museum looks at the Native Americans living in the area, as well as early pioneer life in the county.

A substantial portion of the museum focuses on military service of Hardin County natives and military operations that have taken place in the county - there is a number of displays covering the War of 1812, the World Wars, Vietnam, Cold War, etc. and all services - Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, etc. Of course, a large gallery is devoted to the Civil War - particularly the operations of John Hunt Morgan and his cavalry force in the county. Another interesting display focuses on Chief Carl Brashear, the first African American nay salvage diver - a native of Hardin County who's life and naval service were featured in the film "Men of Honor."

Hardin County's most famous native, Abraham Lincoln, and his family connections to the area are featured in another gallery. While yet another focuses on classroom material and athletics from area schools. There's also a reconstruction of a turn of the century general store complete with shelves filled with period merchandise - many still marked with their original 1900-era prices. Another room contains equipment from the area's Coca-Cola bottlers.

While this is indeed an impressive museum, it does suffer a little ironically from having too much material on display. A little judicious selection of what to keep on display and what to put in storage would allow a more focused presentation on important events and artifacts to give visitors a more coherent picture of the very complex history of the county and its residents. That aside, this is still a marvelous resource for anyone interested in learning about Hardin County and its past.
Written February 3, 2019
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loisaymett
Pulaski, TN47 contributions
Volunteer born in our birthplace in Tn
Oct 2018 • Family
Well arranged starting with primitive days up to almost present day. Of major interest to me was the repro'd country store since my parents also had a country store. And you can't miss the big diamond fraud.
Written October 14, 2018
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cheryl h
Durham, NC56,718 contributions
very good for a small town museum
Nov 2017 • Couples
We've been to many small town/county museums and I usually walk out unimpressed. This one was much better. The did a very good job on their exhibits to where you didn't have to stand around reading everything. They had some very nice visual exhibits (my favorites like their country store).

We didn't have a problem parking because we arrived just as they were opening. But when we left the parking lot was full and it appeared they could use more parking. I don't think it's a good museum for young children and the ones we saw there were running wild. I don't understand why the parents allow this. They were climbing on some of the exhibits and making a lot of noise (inside the general store was the worst as the kids kept handing the toys and things). Parents, please control your young children. I love kids but they sort of ruined our enjoyment of our visit. Flash photography is not allowed inside but we still saw some adults using their flash.

The admission is free and the museum is in a historic building that was once a library. Their exhibits will take you through the county's history from the 1700s to present times.
Written April 22, 2018
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jgbtravels
Louisville, KY2,205 contributions
Free and worth a visit.
Mar 2018 • Solo
If you are a history buff then seeing a local museum for free seems to be a good bet. Granted some of the stuff is on the dusty and less than attractive side. However, there are some Civil War items that are unusual such as an old wooden headstone. Also, there are some old antique country store items that are interesting to look at. The staff is friendly and it’s donations only. Do drop something in the box for these folks. Parking can be tricky there but there is a municipal lot a couple of blocks away where you can park for free. Warning-there are stairs so that can be a problem if you are in need of someplace handicapped accessible.
Written March 7, 2018
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Wolfgang P
Louisville, KY166 contributions
Wonderful historical information
Dec 2017
As a History Major, I enjoyed the museum thoroughly. Items go back to the early settlements in the immediate area. Truly a must see.
Written January 22, 2018
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Robert P
Elizabethtown, KY30 contributions
Former Library Is An Historic Building but ----
Mar 2017 • Family
It is difficult to park and the access isn't easy for wheelchairs or walkers. Without being insulting, I would simply say that there isn't enough at this museum to motivate many visitors to it.
Written December 6, 2017
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