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Local historic site may benefit from hotel contest

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Knob Creek needs your vote at hamptonlandmarks.com

By Ben Sheroan

Anyone interested in historic preservation or local Lincoln tourism is urged to vote early and often. A landmark preservation program sponsored by Hampton Inn has accepted the cabin at Lincoln’s boyhood home along Knob Creek as a possible beneficiary. The company’s employee service project will be determined by a public online vote. The site was nominated for the contest by the Kentucky Historical Society, which collaborated with the National Park Service’s local staff. “We encourage people to vote,” said Sandy Brue, chief of interpretation and resource management for the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Site. Brue said Hampton Inn encourages employees to do service projects. It will send staff members to the winning site for a day of volunteer labor and the company will make a financial contribution toward completing the project. She said replacing the split rail fence at the site and restoring the two-mile overlook trail could both benefit from Hampton’s project. Restoration has begun on the cabin at Knob Creek and the Park Service hopes to find money to renovate the inn on the property as a visitors center. Votes can be placed by going online to www.hamptonlandmarks.com and following the Save-A-Landmark link. The LaRue County Chamber of Commerce and other local tourism supporters have forwarded e-mails announcing the contest and encouraging people to vote for the Knob Creek project. The company currently has online contests for historic sites in nine states. The other Kentucky projects under consideration are the Belle of Louisville and the Louisville Water Tower. A winner will be announced Dec. 5.