Stanford Walking Tour
Historical Markers Map
915 Danville Street
Stanford, KY 40484
10125 HWY 1247
Waynesburg, KY 40489
Wilderness Trading Post
River Country Club
Cedar Creek Lake
got its name after Benjamin Logan, who along with
other early settlers, repeatedly and successfully
fought off Indian attacks. Logan’s Fort, which
was located near the existing Stanford downtown
district, was the final jewel of the “triple
crown” of forts in Kentucky. Cumberland Trace
which goes to Nashville and turns into the Natchez
Trace, began at Logan’s Fort. Court was held
within the walls of the fort from 1781 to 1783,
the original beginnings of many Kentucky counties
south of the Kentucky River. The settlement, which
evolved into the present day town of Stanford is
the second oldest permanent settlement in the state.
Historic downtown Stanford is listed on the National
Register of Historic Places.
The Wilderness Trail, originally called the “Great
Road,” passes through Lincoln County. The
trail, which was the gateway to the west, runs along
St. Asaph’s Creek of present-day Stanford.
Formed in 1780, Lincoln County is one of Kentucky’s
three original territories. Named in honor of Revolutionary
Army Officer Benjamin Lincoln who was asked by Congress
to conduct the war in the southern states. The original
territory of Lincoln comprised about one-third of
the state but was reduced by cutting off sections
to form other counties until its present area of
450 square miles. Lincoln County is “The Land
of Firsts.” It’s home of Kentucky’s
first governor, Isaac Shelby; first chartered school
in the state; first brick house in Kentucky; first
courthouse west of the Alleghenies; first bank west
of the Alleghenies; as well as America’s first
circular race track.
Lincoln County’s rich heritage is revealed
in its vast array of communities. Preachersville
is the only community so named in the United States.
The first settlers were part of a traveling church,
Gospel Christian Church (also known as Halls Gap
Christian Church). The church bell is 203 years
old. Carrie Nation and U. S. Ambassador to Russia,
Carlos Brittain, once lived in the area. The old
Waynesburg Bank and Post Office stands in the center
of two cross streets which entirely surround it.
Waynesburg Masonic Lodge holds the oldest continuous
charter in Lincoln County. Hubble was settled by
the Irish and Scotch. The McKendree Methodist Church,
built in 1886, is one of the oldest in the county.
Eubank is home of the 1944 Miss America.
Lt. Richard Caswell Saufley was born and reared
in Stanford. This pioneer aviator was the first
man to fly an American plane over enemy territory,
the first to be filmed in action in a war plane,
the first to fly a plane off the deck of a ship,
and he set world endurance and altitude records.
Named in his honor are NAS Saufley Field in Pensacola,
Florida and U. S. Navy Destroyer, U.S.S. Saufley,
Come see where the past meets the present in historic
Lincoln County. Kentucky’s rich heritage awaits
you in “The Land of Firsts.”