The Garden Spot of the Universe — James D. La Rue Jr.
La Rue County is located about 50 miles south of Louisville and is part of South Central Kentucky in the region known as The Knobs. Population is around 14,000, and Agriculture remains the most popular industry.
Originally part of Hardin County, La Rue County came in to being in 1843 by Act of Legislature honoring John La Rue, one of the earliest settlers of the area.
“Few families in Kentucky have produced more valuable men than John La Rue. Among his descendants may be named Hon. George Helm Yeaman, now of New York, and late minister to Russia, Rev. John Yeaman, deceased, Rev. W. Pope Yeaman, D.D. of St. Louis, Rev. William L. Morris, deceased, the late Rev. A. W. La Rue, and the distinguished Gov. John L. Helm, of Kentucky. Except for Gov. Helm, who was not a member of any church, they were all worthy Baptists.” — Spencer, History of KY Baptists 1886, p. 270
The county seat is the City of Hodgenville.
La Rue County is home to the Abraham Lincoln National Historical Park and the Abraham Lincoln Boyhood Home at Knob Creek Farm.