Department of Parks
Historical Dinner Theater Brings Abe Lincoln to Cumberland Falls
CORBIN, Ky. – An entertaining event marking the approaching bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln’s birth in Kentucky will be held at Cumberland Falls State Resort Park near Corbin on Saturday Nov. 29, 2008.
The Kentucky Chautauqua series brings one of Kentucky’s most famous native sons to life in a stirring one-man performance of Abe Lincoln Portrayed by Jim Sayre. This historical dinner theater presentation celebrates the life of the “Great Emancipator,” who was born in a log cabin on a small farm near present-day Hodgenville, Ky. on Feb. 12, 1809.
Dinner will be served in the park’s Riverview Restaurant starting at 5 p.m. The show starts at 7 p.m. in the Blair Building adjacent to the historic DuPont Lodge.
For $115, the park is offering a package which includes one night’s lodging, dinner and show for two. For dinner and show only, the price is just $30 per person. Please call 1-800-325-0063 and ask for reservations.
Abraham Lincoln spent his early years in the commonwealth. His family moved to Indiana when he was seven, partly because of his father’s opposition to slavery, and never returned. His brilliance and burning political ambition carried him to the presidency and greatness. A panel of historians recently chose him as the most influential American who ever lived. Lincoln always had connections with his native state, including his wife Mary Todd Lincoln, born and raised in Lexington.
Cumberland Falls State Resort Park is 20 miles southwest of Corbin. Take US 25W to KY 90. From I-75 south, take exit 25. From I-75 north, take exit 15. Follow directional signs leading to the park.
In addition to the dinner theater package, Cumberland Falls is also offering lodge rooms for $50 a night Sunday through Thursday with a coupon that’s available on the Parks Department web site, www.parks.ky.gov, through Dec. 30, 2008.
The Kentucky State Park System is composed of 53 state parks plus an interstate park shared with Virginia. The Department of Parks, an agency of the Tourism, Arts & Heritage Cabinet, operates 17 resort parks with lodges -- more than any other state. Each year, Kentucky parks draw 7 million visitors and contribute $317 million to the economy. For more information on Kentucky parks, visit our Web site at http://www.parks.ky.gov.