Kentucky
www.kentuckytourism.com

800-225-8747, M-F 8-4

Civil War Preservation Program

www.state.ky.us/agencies/khc/civil.htm

 

Both Abraham Lincoln (16th President of the USA) and Jefferson Davis (1st and only President of the CSA) were born in Kentucky.  Both of their birthplaces have been preserved.  Come and see what else Kentucky has to offer the Civil War Tourist.

 

Bardstown

www.bardstowntourism.com E-mail: info@bardstowntourism.com

Bardstown-Nelson Co.

800-638-4877, 502-348-4877, 107 E. Stephen Foster, 40004

 

Battle of Bardstown
Fought on October 4, 1862, this battle would be a turning point for the Eighth Texas Calvary and its leader, Col. John Wharton. A decisive victory for the Eighth, this Bardstown engagement took place near the current location of Delaney's Store between Bardstown and Nazareth on Highway 31E. Of all the 292 engagements led by the Eighth, this battle would go down as their finest moment. However, it was soon overshadowed by the Perryville battle which would occur four days later.

 

Union Encampment
Just prior to the Perryville Battle in 1862, Union General Buell occupied Bardstown with more than 58,000 union soldiers. The main heart of the Union Camp was located just south of the Bluegrass Parkway on New Haven Road (Highway 31E South). As you drive past the Holiday Inn, you will be driving through the site.

 

            Civil War Museum/ Old Bardstown Village
            502-349-0291, 310 E BROADWAY ST, Monday - Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 12Noon to 5 p.m., January and February, weekends only
            Bluegrass Heartlands

            This Civil War museum has the state's largest collection of artifacts featuring the war's Western Theatre. See authentic uniforms, weapons, battle flags. (history, multicultural)

   

Harrison-Smith House - Circa 1790.  

The building, near the center of town on court Square, was a union recruiting site during the Civil War.

 

Living History and Civil War Show 
August 3 - 4  2002;

www.bardstowntourism.com E-mail: info@bardstowntourism.com
 Civil War Museum at Old Bardstown Village  

Competitions and drills portraying the Battle of Bardstown between the Union and the Confederate forces. Civil War collectors show displaying many authentic items. Soldiers will be in full uniforms and accompanied by their ladies in period costumes.
   

The Mansion

            502-348-2586, 1003 N. 3rd. Reservation Required.

A beautiful 1851 Greek Revival home is where the first Confederate flag was raised in Kentucky. Features period antiques.    

 

 Spalding Hall

Sweets-McCown House - Circa 1840.

212 East Stephen Foster Avenue.

Tradition says Elizabeth Doom McCowan presented Bardstown's own Confederate unit, the Nelson Greys, with a silk flag on the front steps.

   

                Women of the Civil War Museum

502-349-0291, 302 E BROADWAY ST, Monday - Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 12Noon to 5 p.m., January and February, weekends only
Bluegrass Heartlands

The museum is designed to give insight into the many contributions of women during the Civil War as they advanced the cause of the North or the South.

 

Bowling Green

www.bowlinggreen.ky.net/tourism

Bowling Green-Warren Co.

270-782-0800, 352 Three Springs Rd., 42104

 

            Brother Against Brother-Kentucky During the Civil War 
            URL: www.bgky.org/riverview.htm
            Contact Phone Number: 270-843-5565

Riverview at Hobson Grove, 1100 W. Main

Living history day with costumed re-enactors on the grounds of this beautiful house museum. See the men in Blue square off against those in Gray with sabers and other authentic Civil War-era weapons. Hear a real cannon roar! Watch the powerful Cavalry horses drill! Smell the gunpowder and the aromas from the campfires tended by civilians in period dress! 270-843-5565

Civil War Driving Tour

            E-mail: tourism@bg.ky.net

270-782-0800, 800-326-7465, 352 THREE SPRINGS RD
Southern Wonderlands

With Kentuckians divided between the North and South, the state adopted a unique policy of neutrality at the start of the Civil War. Confederate Gen. Simon Bolivar Buckner quickly moved a detachment of troops to occupy Bowling Green on Sept. 18, 1861. Ten sites remain including forts, a cave, homes, a monument, markers and a museum. Contact the visitors bureau for a Civil War in Bowling Green and Warren County Driving Tour brochure.

Kentucky Museum at Western Kentucky University

www.wku.edu/Library/museum E-mail: earlene.chelf@wku.edu

270-745-2592, 1 BIG RED WAY ST
Southern Wonderlands

The Kentucky Museum collects, preserves and exhibits artifacts from across Kentucky. Exhibits include history, arts and crafts, and the Felts House, an 1830s log structure. (Civil war, coal mining)

 

Riverview at Hobson Grove
www.bgky.org/riverview.htm

270-843-5565, 1100 W MAIN ST. Tues. - Sat. 10 am to 4 pm and Sunday 1-4 pm.
Southern Wonderlands

            Built by Atwood and Juliet VanMeter Hobson on a hill overlooking the Barren River, Bowling Green’s historic landmark has been restored to its original splendor and is listed on the National Register. An official site of the Civil War         Discovery Trail, as it was used for storage of Confederate munitions when the Rebel forces held Bowling Green, Riverview is an elegant interpretation of a prosperous Victorian home of the 1860-1890 period. The outstanding Italianate architecture, antiques and artifacts can be seen. Christmas Candlelight tours, led by guides in period costume, are offered in December. The Servant Life tour is featured in February and on the 3rd Saturday of each month. Riverview is closed on holidays and during the month of January. Gift Shop.

 

BRANDENBURG

 

John Hunt Morgan Civil War Driving Trail
270-422-3626, PO BOX 483, CITY HALL
Bluegrass Heartlands

Civil War driving trail depicting Gen. John Hunt Morgan's ride through Meade County.

 

Campbellsville

www.campbellsvilleky.com

270-465-3786

Campbellsville-Taylor Co.

800-738-4719, 270-465-3786, Broadway & Court Sts.  PO Box 4021, 42719-4021

 

            Tebbs Bend Battlefield and Confederate Memorial

Tebbs Bend Battlefield Assocation
270-465-8726, 314 SUMMIT DR
Southern Wonderlands

            Tebbs Bend - Green River Bridge Civil War Battlefield is located adjacent to Green River Lake where the Atkinson-Griffon House, Confederate Hospital is located. Three mile driving tour.

 

Cadiz

Cadiz-Trigg Co.

270-522-3892, 22 Main St., PO Box 735, 42211

Trigg County Civil War Days  - March 16 - 18  2003

270-522-6167, West Cadiz Park
                Activities include inspections, drills, Battle of Cadiz, Battle of Dover Road and artillery night firing.

 

Columbus

              

                Civil War Days October 

www.kystateparks.com

Columbus-Belmont State Park

    Authentic Civil War reenactments with encampments, demonstations, sutlers, music, food, walking tours, style show, a funeral, battle skirmishes and a Civil War Ball. Don't miss the night firing of the cannons or the Sunday Church services.

Columbus Belmont State Park
www.kystateparks.com E-mail: Cindy.Lynch@mail.state.ky.us

270-677-2327, 350 Park Rd
Western Waterlands

            On the banks of the mighty Mississippi River, Columbus-Belmont State Park was a strategic Civil War location. The Confederates used a gigantic anchor (that can be seen today) to block the passage of Union gunboats. Today there is a museum, camping, hiking, playground, mini-golf, wildlife and lots of outdoor recreation possibilities.

Features: 38 Improved Sites, Electric, Water, Central Water, Food

 

Covington

859-491-4003

 

Behringer/Crawford Museum
859-491-4003, 1600 MONTAGUE RD, DEVOU PARK
Bluegrass Heartlands

The museum's collections span 450 million years, embracing Native American Prehistory, Paleontology, Archaeology, the Civil War, and much.

 

Cynthiana

 

Battle Grove Cemetery

Believed to have the second oldest Confederate memorial in the US.

 

Driving Tour of Cynthiana Battles

                859-234-5236   

            The area’s Civil War heritage is highlighted at several sites.  Maps and information are available at the Chamber office.

 

             Cynthiana Harrison Co. Museum

            859-234-3147

            There are Civil War artifacts among the many treasures here.

   

Dixon

 

            Webster Co. Civil War Diving Tour

            www.rootsweb.com/~kywebste/civilwar.htm

270-667-5022

Western Water lands

The Battle of Slaughterville is located at the junction of US 41 and Highway 120 near railroad. The Battle of Burnt Mill is located at Highway 630 and Highway 120. The Burning of Dixon, Kentucky, Jail located at the Dixon Courthouse. The Battle of Dixon is located south of Dixon on 41A. The Campsite of General Nathan B. Forrest is located in Providence on 41 South.

 

Elizabethtown

800-437-0092, 270-765-2175

1030 N. Mulberry, 42701


Lincoln Heritage House - Freeman Lake Park
Bluegrass Heartlands

            A double log house crafted in part by Abraham Lincoln's father, Thomas Lincoln. The Lincoln Heritage House is entered in the National Register of Historic Places. A historical marker has been erected by the state of Kentucky at the site.  (Civil war)

 

Fairview

   

                Jefferson Davis Monument State Historic Site

www.jeffersondavismonument.com

270-886-1765, US Hwy 68
Western Waterlands

A 351-foot obelisk marks the birth site of Jefferson Davis, June 3, 1808. 19 acres, museum, gift shop, picnic shelters, playground, elevator to top of obelisk. (Civil War, history, state park)

 

Flemingsburg 

 

Flemingsburg Historic District 
606-845-1223, Hwy 32/11and 57
Bluegrass Heartlands

            Nearly 200 homes and commercial buildings are included on the National Historic Register. Union soldiers occupied the Baptist Church and burned pews and fences for heat. Antique shops.

 

Franklin

www.franklinky.com

Franklin-Simpson Co.

270-586-3040, 81 Steel St., PO Box 737, 42134

 

Octagon Hall

www.kysca.homestead.com E-mail: kysca@accessky.net

270-586-9343, 6040 BOWLING GREEN RD
Southern Wonderlands

Unique octagon shaped house, built prior to the Civil War, now site of the Kentucky Confederate Studies Archive and Museum. There is a rather extensive library, and a display of Confederate era artifacts.

 

            Old County Jailers Quarters

            E-mail: oldjail@apex.net

            270-586-4228, 206 North College Street, 42134

            1 block north of courthouse on College Street,  From Main Street north, left on West Kentucky Avenue, right on College Street, Open: M-F 9:00-4:00; Sat 10:00-2:00.  Closed Sun

            Located in the historic district of Franklin, the old jail offers a glimpse of pioneer justice. The buildings house a museum and an extensive County and area Archives

 

           

Frankfort

www.visitfrankfort.com

800-960-7200, 502-875-8687, 100 Capital Ave., 40601

   

            Civil War Christmas December 

 E-mail: nickyh@mis.net
Contact Phone Number: 502-696-0607
Leslie Morris Park on Fort Hill.  

Experience how they celebrated Christmas during the ravages of the Civil War years.

              Frankfort Cemetery

          (502) 227-2403, 215 East Main Street

           Summer Hours, 8 a.m.–8:30 p.m., Winter hours, 8 a.m.–5:30 p.m Free. Buses must park at office. Please, no tracings or rubbings

 

          Fort Hill

           

         Green Hill Cemetery

            (502) 564-7005, Corner of East Main & U.S. 60

Features the only monument in the state honoring Kentucky’s African American Civil War Soldiers. It is one of only four monuments in the country dedicated to African American Civil War Soldiers. The 14 ft. monument was erected by the Colored Women’s Relief Corps in 1924.

          Kentucky History Center

www.kyhistory.org

            502-564-1792, 877-4HISTORY, 100 W BROADWAY ST
            Bluegrass Heartlands

A 167,000 square-foot museum and research facility. Hands-on activities, interactive exhibits, and dynamic collections. Contains unique genealogical records for tracing Kentucky ancestors. (crafts, history, multicultural, motorcoach)

        Kentucky Military History Museum
        502-564-3265, E MAIN ST AT CAPITOL AVE
        Bluegrass Heartlands

Located in the Old State Arsenal, the museum's displays include impressive collections of firearms, edged weapons, artillery, uniforms, flags and personal equipment. Guided and special tours available when booked in advance. (civil war, history)

   

            Old State Capitol

www.uky.edu/LCC/HIS/sites/capitol.html

502-564-3016, 300 W BROADWAY ST
Bluegrass Heartlands

This national landmark was Kentucky's seat of government from 1831 - 1910. Greek Revival structure includes a unique, self-supporting staircase held together by precision and pressure. ( history, heritage)

 

Georgetown
Georgetown-Scott Co.

888-863-8600, 502-863-2547, 399 Outlet Center Dr, PO Box 825, 40324


Morgan's Raid on Georgetown - June 14 - 15  2003

URL: www.morgansraid.com E-mail: mjames1382@aol.com
Contact Phone Number: 502-868-0975

Cardome Centre

Bluegrass Heartlands
In Georgetown, Civil War reenactment and living history encampment. Features include battles on Saturday and Sunday at 2pm, ladies' tea, grand military ball, period sutlers, cavalry and artillery demonstrations. Period church service.

 

Glasgow

www.glasgowbarren.com

 

            Fort Williams

            270-651-3161

 

Greensburg

 

Greensburg Walking Tour
Southern Wonderlands

One-hour walking tour includes 24 properties featuring 19th century homes and government buildings, railroad depot, cemeteries, 1818 clerk's office turned into museum. (Civil War, history)

 

Harrodsburg

Harrodsburg-Mercer Co.

800-355-9192, 859-734-2364, 103 S. 3rd St., PO Box 283, 40330

 

Old Fort Harrod State Park
www.oldfortharrod.com E-mail: joan.huffman@mail.state.ky.us

859-734-3314, PO BOX 156, US 127 S & US 68
Bluegrass Heartlands

A full-scale replica of the fort, built by James Harrod in 1774, is the centerpiece of this park. Cabins and blockhouses are furnished with handmade utensils, furniture, crude tools and implements used by the pioneers. Park complex also features Mansion Museum, George Rogers Clark Federal Monument, Lincoln Marriage Temple, and oldest cemetery west of the Alleghenies. "Daniel Boone--The Man & The Legend" outdoor drama is performed in the James Harrod Amphitheatre June-August. Playground, picnic area, shelter.

 

Hodgenville

            Abraham Lincoln Birthplace NHS

http://www.nps.gov/abli/index.htm

270-358-3137, 2995 LINCOLN FARM RD
Bluegrass Heartlands

Built at the location of Lincoln's birth the solid marble, neoclassical monument houses the historical cabin. Be sure to see the audiovisual presentation in the Visitor Center and the Sinking Spring where the Lincoln's drew their water.

 

Lincoln's Boyhood Home

270-549-3741, 7120 BARDSTOWN RD

Bluegrass Heartlands

Farm where the Lincoln family resided from 1811 to 1816. This is the place where Lincoln had his earliest recollections. The park offers a reconstructed cabin, picnic area, museum, and gift shop.

 

Lincoln Museum, Inc.

www.lincolnmuseumky.org E-mail: abe@lincolnmuseumky.org

270-358-3163, 66 LINCOLN SQ
Bluegrass Heartlands

Dioramas featuring wax figures trace Lincoln's life from birth to death. Art collections. Movie. Changing exhibits. New 4000 square foot expansion will include an audio-visual room, an interpretive children's area, and expanded gift shop. (Civil war)

 

JACKSON

 

Breathitt County Museum -
606-666-4159, 336 BROADWAY ST
Eastern Highlands

Quiling looms, spinning wheels, historical photos, Civil War artifacts.

 

Lebanon

www.ltadd.org/lebanon/chamber.html

Lebanon-Marion Co.

270-692-9594, 21 Court Sq., 40033

 

Historic Homes & Landmarks Tour of Lebanon
www.hamdays.com E-mail: chamber@hamdays.com

270-692-9594, 21 COURT SQ
Bluegrass Heartlands

This tour offers a significant glimpse at Lebanon, a town where the Civil War came as a severe blow. Self-guided walking and driving tour of homes with Civil War history. Supplements containing more details available upon request by calling 270-692-9594. (history)

 

Hoofprints On the Stairs August 16 - 17  2002,  August 23 - 24  2002, August 15 - 16  2003, August 22 - 23  2003

  www.hoofprintsonthestairs.com E-mail: mcecodev@kih.net
 Contact Phone Number: 877-692-6002

Centre Square in Lebanon, Ky.  

Civil War musical drama depicting events of Lebanon's Civil War history. Performances held on Friday and Saturday. Ticket prices are $7 advanced, $9 at the gate. Children 6-12 $4, and children 5 and under are free. 877-692-6002

Lebanon Civil War Park

E-mail: johno@lebanoncityhall.com

270-692-6272, Corner of Spalding and Walnut
Bluegrass Heartlands

Park depicts Major General George H. Thomas (Rock of Chickamauga) who led Union forces from Lebanon to Mill Springs in January 1862, first major battle in Kentucky. (Civil war)

   

            Lebanon National Cemetery

270-692-3390, 20 HIGHWAY 208
Bluegrass Heartlands

Built in 1863 to bury the Union soldiers killed in battle at Perryville. Final resting place for veterans of WWI, WWII, Korean Conflict, Vietnam and their dependents. Hosts Memorial Day services each year. Guided tours available with advance notice. (Civil War)

 

Lexington

www.visitlex.com

800-845-3959, 859-233-7299, 301 E. Vine, 40507-1513

   

Ashland, The Henry Clay Estate
www.henryclay.org

859-266-8581, 120 SYCAMORE RD
Bluegrass Heartlands

This 18-room mansion is filled with antiques and the artifacts of "the Great Compromiser," Henry Clay. (history, Civil War, museum)

 

            Horses Of The Civil War 
            May 24  2002 - September 10  2002

www.kyhorsepark.com

Kentucky Horse Park, 4089 Iron Works Pike  

An exclusive exhibition that explores the stories of these horses who so valiantly served alongside their human partners in our nation's great divisive struggle.
      
     

Hunt Morgan House & Civil War Museum

859-233-3290, 201 N MILL ST
Bluegrass Heartlands

Tour this fine Federal home built in 1814 by John Wesley Hunt, the first millionaire of the new west. John Hunt Morgan, "the Thunderbolt of the Confederacy," and Nobel Prize-winner Thomas Hunt Morgan also resided here. The museum holds a collection of local Civil War memorabilia. (genealogy, history, multicultural, motor coach)

   

            Lexington Cemetery  

            (859) 255-5522, 833 West Main Street, 40508.  Open year-round 8 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.  Free.  Tour Time: 1 to 2 hours

The Lexington Cemetery is nationally recognized as one of America's most beautiful arboretums and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places for landscape design.  Henry Clay is buried here.  

 

 Mary Todd Lincoln House

859-233-9999, 578 W MAIN ST
Bluegrass Heartlands

The Mary Todd Lincoln House is the first site in America restored to honor a first lady. The 14-room house contains period furnishings, family portraits, and a garden. (civil war, history, museum)

   

            Waveland State Historic Site

www.kystateparks.com

859-272-3611, 225 WAVELAND MUSEUM LN
Bluegrass Heartlands

Antebellum house with three original outbuildings - slave quarters, smokehouse and ice house. Guided tours focus on the everyday lives of family and slaves who lived and worked at Waveland. (history, museum, multicultural, state park)

 

Louisville

www.gotolouisvile.com

800-792-5595, 502-582-3732, 400 S. First, 40202

 

Cave Hill Cemetery

502-584-2121

Farmington Historic Home
502-452-9920, 3033 BARDSTOWN RD
Bluegrass Heartlands

            Farmington is a 14-room Federal-style home that was the center of the 19th century hemp plantation of John and Lucy Speed. Designed from a plan by Thomas Jefferson and completed in 1816 using slave labor, the house is furnished with antiques from the period. A summer kitchen, springhouse, stone barn, and a recreated early 19th century garden are located on the 18-acre grounds. Abraham Lincoln, a close friend of Speed's son Joshua, spent about three weeks at Farmington in 1841.

 

London

www.laurelkytourism.com

London-Laurel Co.

800-348-0095, 606-878-6900, 140 W. Daniel Boone Pkwy, 40741

 

            Civil War Site Tour

            606-878-6900

 

            Battle of wildcat Mountain: Third weekend of October: October 18 - 19  2003

               E-mail: nita@2geton.net
            606-878-6900, 606-528-1817
   
         Near original battle site in Laurel County

On Oct. 21, 1861, Gen. Felix Zollicoffer’s troops, advancing along the Wilderness Road, met a well-educated Union force.  The Confederates were turned back in the first Union victory of the war.  The reenactment is held on the Third weekend of October.

Living History Camps. Demonstrations on reenactment field. Battle of London and Wildcat. Barn dance (must be in period dress). Cannon firing after dance.
 

Maysville

www.maysvillekentucky.com

Maysville-Mason Co.

606-564-2506, 216 Bridge St, 41056

 

Mason County Museum
www.masoncountymuseum.org E-mail: masonmuseum@ntr.net

606-564-5865, 215 SUTTON ST
Bluegrass Heartlands

Exhibits at the Mason County Museum, in a building completed in 1881 as the public library and expanded into the 1951 public library building next door, re-create the story of this pioneer gateway from pre-history to the present. Includes extensive history and genealogy library and art gallery.

   

National Underground Railroad Museum

606-564-9411, 115 E 3RD ST
Bluegrass Heartlands

Documents Maysville's role in the abolitionist movement.

 

Civil War Living History

Washington, historic district of Maysville Aug 10-11, 2002

 

 

Middlesboro

606-248-2626

 
            Cumberland Gap National Historical Park
            Cumberland Gap National Historic Park - NPS

606-248-2817, PO BOX 1848, on US 25E South
Eastern Highlands

            During the Civil War, the Cumberland Gap was held first by the South and then captured by Union troops. Each side held the Gap twice.  Is an 800 ft. deep natural break in the Cumberland Mountains. The largest National Historical Park in the country with 20,305 ruggedly beautiful acres. Overlooks three states. Visitors center offers orientation program, museum and crafts sales area. Hiking and camping.

 

Munfordville

270-524-0101

 

Site of a strategic Civil War battle in 1862.  Confederate Troops destroyed the railroad bridge and forced the Union’s surrender of the city.

 

            Fort Craig and Battlefield

Hart County Historical Society Museum
270-524-0101, 109 MAIN ST
Southern Wonderlands

The museum houses Hart County historical information, genealogy, and Civil War relics.

            Hart County Civil War Days 
            September 

E-mail: hart_co@scrtc.com
Contact Phone Number: 270-524-2892

Each year the second weekend in September is dedicated to the county's civil war heritage. Events include battle re-enactment, period dancing, music and games. Food & craft booths.

 

Nancy

606-679-1859

 

            Battle of Mill Springs Driving Tour

             

            Mill Springs National Cemetery

 

              Mill Springs Battlefield

            606-679-1859, W Hwy 80
            Southern Wonderlands

               National historic landmark and Civil War preservation site. National Cemetery. Self-guided tour.

 

            Zollicoffer Park

Nicholasville

 

Camp Nelson Heritage Park  CWDT

http://www.campnelson.org/one.html

859-881-9126, US 27

             This Features the sites of the Union Army supply depot and African-American training camp, Civil War refugee camp, and restored officer’s quarters.

 

Camp Nelson National Cemetery

http://www.campnelson.org/history/cemetery.htm
859-885-5727, US 27 to 6980 Danville Road, 40356
(606) 885-5727

Bluegrass Heartlands

            Standing as a silent sentinel over 4,000 Civil War casualties buried there.  (History, Civil War, genealogy)

 

Paducah 
Paducah McCracken County CVB
www.paducah-tourism.org E-mail fun@paducah-tourism.org
270.443.8784, 1.800.PADUCAH, Fax: 270.443.0122, 128 Broadway, PO Box 90, Paducah, KY 42001 

   
             August 8th Emancipation Celebration 

E-mail: sbunch@maxxrep.com

W. C. Young Community Center

    African-American heritage celebration, a memorial service, NAACP parade, banquet, picnic, salute to black music, golf tournament, and fashion show. 800-PADUCAH
 

Tilghman Heritage Center
270-575-1870, 800-888-5183, 631 KENTUCKY AVE
Western Waterlands

"War for the Western Rivers," The Civil War in West Kentucky. Museum, gift shop. Period-dressed interpreters tell the story of Gen. Lloyd Tilghman CSA and the Civil War invasion using the region's rivers by Federal forces.

 

Walking Tour

            Using the map, drawn by hand in 1861 by a Federal Captain of occupying troops in Paducah, you should get a strong feeling of the important role the city played during the Civil War.  Pick up Brochure at the Visitor Center.

 

PARIS 
Paris-Bourbon Co.
859-987-3205, 525 High St., 40361
 

Hopewell Museum
E-mail: hopemuse@KYK.net

859-987-7274, 800 PLEASANT ST
Bluegrass Heartlands

Housed in the historic 1909 Beaux Arts-style Paris post office, Hopewell Museum was founded in 1994. The museum features changing exhibits on the art and history of Bourbon County and central Kentucky.

 

Perryville

 

Merchant's Row
606-332-8800, 334 Merchant's Row, Buell St
Bluegrass Heartlands

Historic Merchant's Row on the banks of the Chaplin River in Perryville has buildings dating back to the early 1800s which now contain shops and restaurants. Come see the site of an important Civil War battle.

 

            Perryville Battlefield Commemoration - Perryville
            October 

www.kystateparks.com/agencies/parks/perryvil.htm

Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site

This Civil War reenactment features a battle reenacted on the actual battlefield on both days. Authentic weaponry, clothing, campsites; demonstrations of infantry, artillery and cavalry; sutlers, living history tours, Civil War music, ghost walk, food & more take you back to the days of Abraham Lincoln & the great defense of freedom. $10 per person or $15 for a 2-day pass, $5 children 6-12 years old, 5 & under free. Reenactments - Saturday at 6am and 3pm; Sunday at 2pm.
   

Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site

www.perryvillebattlefield.com E-mail: kurt.holman@mail.state.ky.us

            859-332-8631, 1825 BATTLEFIELD RD
            Bluegrass Heartlands

Civil War Battlefield Park with museum and gift shop. (state park)

 

Pewee Valley

 

            Confederate Cemetery

Maple Ave
Bluegrass Heartlands

Pewee Valley is the site of the only state burial ground for Southern veterans of the Civil War and a popular stop for genealogists tracing their Southern roots. Drive by and tour.

 

Prestonsburg

www.prestonsburgky.org e-mail: tourism@prestonsburg.com

606-886-1341, 113 S. Central Ave, Ste 200, 41653

Although Prestonsburg was a Confederate stronghold, Union victory was claimed in two Floyd County battles. The Battle of Middle Creek took place on January 10, 1862 and is still reenacted to this day.   Col. James A. Garfield led the Union troops in that battle and would later become President of the United States. In addition to a future President, the Civil War brought a twist of fate to eastern Kentucky, engineers from the Industrial North. These northern engineers recognized and identified the vast amounts of bituminous coal seams in the area. These occurrences would later contribute to locals selling their land and mineral resources to northern coal barons for mere pennies on the dollar, and in some cases barter trade acres of land for livestock and chickens. One of these coal barons however, John C.C. Mayo, did much later on to contribute to the growth of the region.

   

              Ivy Mountain Monument

           

            Samuel May House

            www.mayhouse.org E-mail: shatcher@kymtnnet.org

606-889-9608, KY 321
Eastern Highlands

Restored 1817 brick home, now city-operated. Tours by appointment. (Pictorial history)

 

Richmond

www.richmond-ky.com

800-866-3705, 859-626-8474, 345 Lancaster Ave, 40475

 

Battle of Richmond Driving Tour
www.richmond-ky.com/richmond_battle/homemap.html

859-626-8474, 800-866-3705, 345 LANCASTER AVE
Bluegrass Heartlands

A part of the National Trust Civil War Discovery Trail. Follow the path of the Civil War Battle of Richmond on a self-guided driving tour. Complete tour lasts about 2 hours and provides an excellent history of the area.

 

White Hall State Historic Site
www.kystateparks.com

859-623-9178, 500 WHITE HALL SHRINE RD
Bluegrass Heartlands

Home of Cassius Marcellus Clay, famous abolitionist, newspaper publisher and minister to Russia. Forty-four-room Italianate mansion. Features slave quarters, shaded picnic area, cook buildings and a gift shop. (history, multicultural, genealogy, museum, state park)

 

Sacramento

                  

                Battle of Sacramento 

                May 

URL: www.battleofsac.com

Contact Phone Number: 270-736-5114    

This civil war reenactment is sure to draw a crowd.
 

Diving Tour

                270-249-3160

 

Scottsville

Scottsville-Allen Co.

270-237-4782, 102 Public Sq, 42167

 

            Allen County Historical Museum

270-237-4051, 301 N 4TH ST
Southern Wonderlands

The museum is housed in an early 1900's structure and holds many interesting items from the past including Civil War memorabilia and an abundance of genealogical references. Visits are by appointment. (genealogy, history, museum)

 

Smithland

 

                Fort Smith Civil War Re-enactment & Narrated Heritage Tour  

                September 

270-928-2446   

Streets of downtown Smithland & properties

    Civil War period encampment skirmishes. Grand Ball Saturday night narrated walking tour of numerous pre-Civil War buildings including presentation of Sallie Ward, Queen of Society, portrayed by Suzi Schuhmann of the Kentucky Humanities Council and an 1860's Tea on the Lawn of the Dallum Bush House featuring a string quartet.

 

Fort Smith

                270-928-2446

 

South Union

Shaker Museum at South Union and B & B

www.logantele.com/~shakmus/ E-mail: shakmus@logantele.com

270-542-4167, 800-811-8379, US 68
Southern Wonderlands

Ten miles west of Bowling Green on US 68 is the Shaker Museum at South Union, site of the last western Shaker community. The 1824 Centre House showcases the fine craftmanship of this inventive communal group with hundreds of original artifacts. Spend the night at Shaker Tavern a converted B&B 1-800-929-8701 for reservations. (church, religion, multicultural, history)

                Features: 6 Rooms, 1 Suite, 4 Bathrooms, Meeting Room, Breakfast, Reservations Required

 

STAFFORDSVILLE

            Mountain Home Place

www.mountainhomeplace.com

606-297-1850, 800-542-5790, 745 KY ROUTE 2275
Eastern Highlands

Actual working farm as it was in Eastern Kentucky in the 1850s. All buildings are authentic. Costumed interpreters of period available in every area doing work and demonstrations daily. (Heritage, history, crafts, educational)

 

STANFORD

            Lincoln County Historical Society

www.lincoln-kyhistory.org E-mail: blue@kycom.net

606-365-2883, 315 W MAIN ST
Bluegrass Heartlands

Home of the Lincoln County Historical Society. Local history museum revolving exhibits, genealogy room, and gift shop.

 
Vanceburg 

 

Union Soldier Monument
2nd St
Bluegrass Heartlands

            The inscription on the Union Monument at the courthouse lawn honors the soldiers who died during the Civil War. The Monument has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Listing in the National Register gives recognition that the site has historical and architectural significance. The Monument honoring Union soldiers is said to be the only one of its kind south of the Mason-Dixon Line erected on public property by subscription, except those in cemeteries. (There are other Union monuments in Kentucky and the South, but they are in cemeteries where Union soldiers are buried.) The monument in Lewis County was built in 1884, nearly 20 years after the Civil War, in honor of the 107 Lewis County Union soldiers who fought and died in defense of the Union.

 

Washington
                

              Albert Sidney Johnston House
   
           606-759-7411, 503 S Court St
             Bluegrass Heartlands

The birthplace of this famous Confederate general, a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy, who was killed in the Battle of Shiloh (1862) while leading a charge against General Grant's men. The museum recreates the family home with period furniture, photos and documents.

 

             Civil War Living History Weekend 

August 

www.washingtonky.com E-mail: david@EKNS.net
Historic district of Maysville

In honor of General Albert Sidney Johnston, hosted by the 2nd Regiment KY infantry CSA and sponsored by Old Washington, Inc. over 140 living history interpreters with authentic clothing and equipment, complete with horses, tents and campfires. Activites include musket and artillery firing, infantry and calvary maneuvers, pay call, mail call and much more.
 

West Point

 
   
              Bridges To The Past
                www.come.to/radcliff E-mail: radcliff@ne.infi.net

                270-352-1204, 800-334-7540, L & N Turnpike
                Bluegrass Heartlands

    Handicapped accessible walking trail over 3 stone bridges built prior to the Civil War. Located in a pristine valley 1 1/2 miles from US 31W. Biking

 

              ? Tioga Falls National Recreation Trail

E-mail: radcliff@ne.infi.net

                270-352-1204, 800-334-7540, L & N Turnpike
                Bluegrass Heartlands

A scenic and historic two-mile hike winding over Muldraugh Hill.

 

                West Point River Days Festival 
                July 

E-mail: Lisakozar@aol.com

Memorial Park on the Ohio River, at 6th Street

Three days of family entertainment, featuring carnival rides and games, arts and crafts, parade, live music every day, flea market, re-enactment of an Old West bank robbery and shootout, Civil War encampment, broom-making, candle-making and blacksmith exhibits, car show, horse and carriage rides, pony rides, talent show, childrens olympics, pet show and more.
 

WILLIAMSBURG
800-552-0530, 606-549-0530, 650 S. 10th St., PO Box 2, 40769-1646

 

            Cumberland Museum

www.cumber.edu/cumberlo.htm

606-539-3100, 800-315-3100, 649 S 10TH ST
Southern Wonderlands

Henkelmann Life Science Collection, the Williams Cross Collection, Appalachian Crafts, Appalachian Life Style Exhibit, Blairs Christmas Land, and Lincoln Collection are on exhibit.