WELCOME TO THE FORKLAND ABRAHAM LINCOLN MUSEUM
Forkland Community Center in Southwestern Boyle County,
Located on KY 37, 30 minutes from Danville or Lebanon
Directions to Forkland Community Center: From
Danville, go south on US 127 to the traffic light at Junction City and turn
right onto KY 300. Then just after the railroad tracks turn left onto
KY 37 and stay on KY 37 all the way (about 10 miles) to the Community Center
on the right. From Lebanon go east on US68, turn right on KY 243
(Gravel Switch turnoff). Stay on 243 until KY 243 turns right over the
bridge. Here you should go straight on KY37. The Community
Center is about three miles on the left. GPS Coordinates for the
Forkland Community Center: N37.551286, W084.985209.
See a video of the museum at
The 2013 date has been set for the Forkland Lincoln Museum Genealogy Workshop.
Reserve May 25,
2013 for a very special day.
Remember that the limited number of
participants is 50, so get your reservations early.
a printable copy of the 2013 Genealogy Workshop Brochure,
mail-in registration form, click here.
Contact for more information:
Wayne Thurman at
Carolyn Crabtree at
Shirley Sheperson by phone at 859-936-2061
To pay on line for registration by Pay Pal, click below
You may view workshop photographs taken on May 26, 2012 by clicking here.
The Lincoln Museum is open every Saturday, noon - 4pm May through
October, during special events held at the Forkland Community Center or by
appointment by calling Wayne Thurman at 859-936-7489 or Shirley Sheperson at
859-936-2061. You may also e-mail
There is someone at the center on those Saturdays who can help you with
your own genealogy, if you will contact the center and let us know you are
For more information, click
On March 1, 2008 the Forkland Abraham Lincoln Museum was
officially opened after receiving a grant from the Kentucky Abraham Lincoln
Bicentennial Commission and the Kentucky Historical Society. Lucey
Shipley Hanks, mother to Nancy Hanks Lincoln and grandmother to Abraham
Lincoln, moved to Kentucky after the death of her husband James Hanks.
She had been living with a sister Rachel Shipley Berry and her husband
Richard in the Forkland area of Mercer County (now Boyle) but in 1790 she
married Henry Sparrow, Sr. in Mercer County, Kentucky. Lucey's
daughter Nancy apparently moved to Washington County, Kentucky with her aunt
and uncle and their children. There she met and married Thomas
Lincoln. Nancy and Thomas were the parents of President Abraham
Lincoln. Lucey and Henry Sparrow lived on Scrubgrass Road in the
Forkland area of Boyle County for over 34 years and had eight children whose
descendants are scattered throughout Boyle, Mercer, Anderson, Washington and
other counties of central Kentucky. Because so little seems to be
known about the maternal side of President Lincoln's family, the Abraham
Lincoln Museum at Forkland was built. In the museum you will find
photographs of family members, Lincoln artifacts, and authentic newspapers
about the death of Abraham Lincoln. Other artifacts in the museum show
the life that people like Lucey and Henry Sparrow lived on the "Fork".
We welcome you to come and experience what life was like in the 1800s-early
1900s in the Forkland area. You may also do genealogy research in the
history room or purchase items in the gift shop. We welcome any
information about the families connected to this beautiful area of Kentucky.