Hardin County was first settled on the river and pioneers started coming after the Louisiana Purchase in 1803.  The same year, this area was deeded to the United States by the Indians.
Most of the settlers were the young sons of those who first entered Kentucky and Tennessee.  Germans came from Pennsylvania and New York and the Scotch Irish, from the Carolinas and Virginia.
One of whom was James McFarlan in about 1804. 
Elizabethtown bears his wife's name.  Early on he worked for roads and built a tavern which is known today as the Rose Hotel.  It still stands today as a wonderful reminder of our early American history.

The Rose Hotel (side view)

The Rose Hotel (front angle view)

The Rose Hotel Gazebo

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Photos submitted by Deanna Heneghan

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