The Abraham Lincoln Boyhood Home at Knob Creek was the top vote-getter in a historic preservation contest sponsored by Hampton Inn.
The Save-A-Landmark contest drew more than 45,000 online votes in an 18-day period in November and featured historic sites in nine states. The winner was announced Monday.
The other Kentucky projects under consideration were the Belle of Louisville and the Louisville Water Tower.
Sandy Brue, Chief of Interpretation and Resource Management for the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Site, is not sure how much money will be received from Hampton Inn.
“I am waiting to hear directly from them and when this will be granted,” she said. “We asked for one of three things since the restoration of the cabin is paid for, from the Kentucky Bicentennial Commission – all of that work is covered.”
Brue asked for money to furnish the cabin with period items, to replace the split rail fence surrounding the property or to install an access trail to the Overlook and Kentucky Lincoln Trail.
“(The trail) will run from the garden along the creek – a gravel walking path,” said Brue. “We have the money to do the interpretative signs but need to put in an identifiable path so people understand they can access the rest of the site.
The company is in the “initial planning stages for the project and has not set a dollar amount yet,” said Melissa Brabender, spokesperson for Hampton Inn.
The site was nominated for the contest by the Kentucky Historical Society, which collaborated with the National Park Service’s local staff.
The other winners were:
•Portland Observatory, Maine
•Mayowood Estate, Rochester, Minn.
•The Neon Museum, Las Vegas
•Robert Frost Farm, Derry, N.H.
•Town of Mayberry Old City Jail, Mount Airy, N.C., In the heart of Andy Griffith’s hometown, Mount Airy, sits the re-creation of “The Courthouse” seen for decades on the popular television series, “The Andy Griffith Show.” Once the town’s real jail, Old City Jail is surrounded by the re-creations of Mayberry’s favorites.
•Rail Depot Museum, Troutdale, Ore.
•Washington House, Two Rivers, Wis.
•Historic Atlas Theater, Cheyenne, Wyo.