Set in the heart of Kentucky countryside, Elizabethtown is a community woven with layers of history. A stone's throw from the simple log cabin where Abraham Lincoln was born, this Hardin County seat is also home to such Elizabethtown event venues as the General George Patton Museum of Leadership and the Jim Beam distillery, a stop on Kentucky's Bourbon Trail, which includes an authentic moonshine still and a tasting parlor in the historic Beam home.
Elizabethtown has a private airport, Addington Field, but the closest major facility is Louisville International Airport, a 40-minute drive away. Louisville's airport is served by American Airlines, Delta, Southwest, United, and US Airways, with nonstop service to a number of cities, including Denver on Southwest.
Two significant venues in Elizabethtown play host to meetings: The Tourism & Convention Bureau building comprises almost 5,000 square feet of meeting space in five rooms, plus a large lobby with a window-wall that is used for receptions; and the Pritchard Community Center, Elizabethtown's largest meeting facility, with 13,500 square feet of space that includes two multi-purpose rooms able to seat up to 800 people for a meeting (when combined) and two smaller breakout rooms that can each seat 75 attendees.
Five hotel venues in Elizabethtown also offer meeting space: The 128-room Wingfield Inn & Suites can host up to 200 people in two rooms; the 63-room Baymont Inn & Suites can accommodate a group of up to 150 in three meeting rooms; the 75-room Fairfield Inn & Suites has one meeting room to accommodate 40 people; the 60-room Hampton Inn has a meeting room that can seat 50 people; and the 76-room Holiday Inn Express & Suites can handle a meeting for 200 people in its function room.
Elizabethtown offers several alternative venues for special events. Along with the main 650-seat theater at the Historic State Theater complex, groups of up to 125 people can also use the Plum Alley Theater, considered the area's finest “black-box” style theater, or the 3,400-square-foot First Federal Gallery, which can seat 185 for a banquet and holds 300 for a reception, and features a drop-down projection screen and internet accessibility. Another popular option is the Brown-Pusey House, a Georgian mansion built in 1825, which has hosted the likes of General George A. Custer and his wife, Elizabeth. Groups of up to 65 can hold a banquet in the ballroom, while total capacity is 300.
When meetings adjourn and delegates are in search of home-style Southern fare, there are plenty of possibilities in Elizabethtown. Texas Outlaw BBQ is known for its pulled pork and baked beans; Back Home restaurant, located in a house built in 1872, serves both country food and a range of handmade crafts and housemade foods in its shop; and Southern favorites like fried chicken and meat loaf (made from scratch with family recipes handed down for generations) are the specialty at the Whistle Stop. For an upscale experience, the place locals go to celebrate a special occasion is the elegant Stone Hearth Restaurant.
Part of what gives Elizabethtown its charm is the wide array of festivals and events held throughout the year, but at any time there are 18 miles of trails weaving around the town's three lakes and historic gems such as two in Freeman Lake Park — an exact replica of Lincoln's cabin and a restored one-room schoolhouse that was built with handmade shingles in 1892.
For active groups, the 150-acre Elizabethtown Sports Park has a dozen baseball/softball fields, an ADA-accessible "miracle" baseball field, nine soccer fields, two football fields, a synthetic turf multi-purpose field, a 3.1-mile walking loop, and pavilions to host a variety of events.