War Preservation Program
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.
502-348-4877, 107 E. Stephen Foster, 40004
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.
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.
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
Civil War museum has the state's largest collection of artifacts featuring the
war's Western Theatre. See authentic uniforms, weapons, battle flags. (history,
House - Circa 1790.
building, near the center of town on court Square, was a union recruiting site
during the Civil War.
History and Civil War Show
August 3 - 4 2002;
Civil War Museum at Old Bardstown Village
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
502-348-2586, 1003 N. 3rd. Reservation Required.
beautiful 1851 Greek Revival home is where the first Confederate flag was raised
in Kentucky. Features period antiques.
House - Circa 1840.
East Stephen Foster Avenue.
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
302 E BROADWAY ST, Monday - Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5
p.m., Sunday 12Noon to 5 p.m., January and February, weekends only
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.
352 Three Springs Rd., 42104
Against Brother-Kentucky During the Civil War
Contact Phone Number: 270-843-5565
at Hobson Grove, 1100 W. Main
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
War Driving Tour
800-326-7465, 352 THREE SPRINGS RD
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.
Museum at Western Kentucky University
1 BIG RED WAY ST
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)
at Hobson Grove
1100 W MAIN ST. Tues. - Sat. 10 am to 4 pm and Sunday 1-4 pm.
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.
Hunt Morgan Civil War Driving Trail
270-422-3626, PO BOX 483, CITY HALL
War driving trail depicting Gen. John Hunt Morgan's ride through Meade County.
270-465-3786, Broadway & Court Sts. PO
Box 4021, 42719-4021
Tebbs Bend Battlefield and Confederate Memorial
Bend Battlefield Assocation
270-465-8726, 314 SUMMIT DR
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.
22 Main St., PO Box 735, 42211
County Civil War Days - March 16 - 18 2003
Civil War Days October
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.
Belmont State Park
www.kystateparks.com E-mail: Cindy.Lynch@mail.state.ky.us
350 Park Rd
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
38 Improved Sites, Electric, Water, Central Water, Food
859-491-4003, 1600 MONTAGUE RD, DEVOU PARK
museum's collections span 450 million years, embracing Native American
Prehistory, Paleontology, Archaeology, the Civil War, and much.
to have the second oldest Confederate memorial in the US.
Tour of Cynthiana Battles
area’s Civil War heritage is highlighted at several sites.
Maps and information are available at the Chamber office.
Harrison Co. Museum
are Civil War artifacts among the many treasures here.
Webster Co. Civil War Diving Tour
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.
N. Mulberry, 42701
Lincoln Heritage House - Freeman Lake Park
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)
Monument State Historic Site
US Hwy 68
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)
606-845-1223, Hwy 32/11and 57
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.
81 Steel St., PO Box 737, 42134
6040 BOWLING GREEN RD
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
270-586-4228, 206 North College
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.
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
502-875-8687, 100 Capital Ave., 40601
Civil War Christmas December
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.
(502) 227-2403, 215 East Main Street
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
Green Hill Cemetery
(502) 564-7005, Corner of East Main & U.S. 60
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
877-4HISTORY, 100 W BROADWAY ST
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,
Military History Museum
502-564-3265, E MAIN ST AT CAPITOL AVE
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
300 W BROADWAY ST
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)
502-863-2547, 399 Outlet Center Dr, PO Box 825, 40324
Morgan's Raid on Georgetown - June 14 - 15 2003
Contact Phone Number: 502-868-0975
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.
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)
859-734-2364, 103 S. 3rd St., PO Box 283, 40330
Fort Harrod State Park
www.oldfortharrod.com E-mail: email@example.com
PO BOX 156, US 127 S & US 68
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.
Abraham Lincoln Birthplace NHS
2995 LINCOLN FARM RD
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.
7120 BARDSTOWN RD
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.
66 LINCOLN SQ
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.
County Museum -
606-666-4159, 336 BROADWAY ST
looms, spinning wheels, historical photos, Civil War artifacts.
21 Court Sq., 40033
Homes & Landmarks Tour of Lebanon
www.hamdays.com E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
21 COURT SQ
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
On the Stairs August 16 - 17 2002, August 23 - 24 2002, August 15 - 16 2003,
August 22 - 23 2003
Contact Phone Number: 877-692-6002
Square in Lebanon, Ky.
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
Civil War Park
Corner of Spalding and Walnut
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)
20 HIGHWAY 208
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)
859-233-7299, 301 E. Vine, 40507-1513
The Henry Clay Estate
120 SYCAMORE RD
18-room mansion is filled with antiques and the artifacts of "the Great
Compromiser," Henry Clay. (history, Civil War, museum)
Of The Civil War
May 24 2002 - September 10 2002
Horse Park, 4089 Iron Works Pike
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
201 N MILL ST
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)
255-5522, 833 West Main Street, 40508.
Open year-round 8 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.
Free. Tour Time: 1 to 2
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
Mary Todd Lincoln
578 W MAIN ST
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)
225 WAVELAND MUSEUM LN
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)
502-582-3732, 400 S. First, 40202
502-452-9920, 3033 BARDSTOWN RD
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.
606-878-6900, 140 W. Daniel Boone Pkwy, 40741
Civil War Site Tour
Battle of wildcat Mountain: Third weekend of October: October 18
- 19 2003
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.
History Camps. Demonstrations on reenactment field. Battle of London and
Wildcat. Barn dance (must be in period dress). Cannon firing after dance.
216 Bridge St, 41056
www.masoncountymuseum.org E-mail: email@example.com
215 SUTTON ST
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.
Underground Railroad Museum
115 E 3RD ST
Maysville's role in the abolitionist movement.
War Living History
historic district of Maysville Aug 10-11, 2002
Cumberland Gap National Historic Park - NPS
PO BOX 1848, on US 25E South
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.
of a strategic Civil War battle in 1862. Confederate
Troops destroyed the railroad bridge and forced the Union’s surrender of the
Fort Craig and Battlefield
County Historical Society Museum
270-524-0101, 109 MAIN ST
museum houses Hart County historical information, genealogy, and Civil War
County Civil War Days
Contact Phone Number: 270-524-2892
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.
Battle of Mill Springs Driving Tour
W Hwy 80
historic landmark and Civil War preservation site. National Cemetery.
Nelson Heritage Park CWDT
Features the sites of the Union Army supply depot and African-American training
camp, Civil War refugee camp, and restored officer’s quarters.
Nelson National Cemetery
859-885-5727, US 27 to 6980 Danville Road, 40356
as a silent sentinel over 4,000 Civil War casualties buried there.
(History, Civil War, genealogy)
Paducah McCracken County CVB
August 8th Emancipation Celebration
C. Young Community Center
heritage celebration, a memorial service, NAACP parade, banquet, picnic, salute
to black music, golf tournament, and fashion show. 800-PADUCAH
270-575-1870, 800-888-5183, 631 KENTUCKY AVE
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.
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.
800 PLEASANT ST
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.
606-332-8800, 334 Merchant's Row, Buell St
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.
Battlefield Commemoration - Perryville
Battlefield State Historic Site
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.
Battlefield State Historic Site
1825 BATTLEFIELD RD
War Battlefield Park with museum and gift shop. (state park)
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.
113 S. Central Ave, Ste 200, 41653
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
1817 brick home, now city-operated. Tours by appointment. (Pictorial history)
859-626-8474, 345 Lancaster Ave, 40475
of Richmond Driving Tour
800-866-3705, 345 LANCASTER AVE
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.
Hall State Historic Site
500 WHITE HALL SHRINE RD
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)
Battle of Sacramento
Phone Number: 270-736-5114
civil war reenactment is sure to draw a crowd.
102 Public Sq, 42167
Allen County Historical Museum
301 N 4TH ST
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)
Fort Smith Civil War Re-enactment & Narrated Heritage Tour
of downtown Smithland & properties
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
Museum at South Union and B & B
800-811-8379, US 68
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)
6 Rooms, 1 Suite, 4 Bathrooms, Meeting Room, Breakfast, Reservations Required
Mountain Home Place
800-542-5790, 745 KY ROUTE 2275
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)
Lincoln County Historical Society
315 W MAIN ST
of the Lincoln County Historical Society. Local history museum revolving
exhibits, genealogy room, and gift shop.
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.
Albert Sidney Johnston
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
Historic district of Maysville
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.
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800-334-7540, L & N Turnpike
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
? Tioga Falls
National Recreation Trail
800-334-7540, L & N Turnpike
scenic and historic two-mile hike winding over Muldraugh Hill.
Point River Days Festival
Park on the Ohio River, at 6th Street
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.
800-552-0530, 606-549-0530, 650 S. 10th St., PO Box 2, 40769-1646
800-315-3100, 649 S 10TH ST
Life Science Collection, the Williams Cross Collection, Appalachian Crafts,
Appalachian Life Style Exhibit, Blairs Christmas Land, and Lincoln Collection
are on exhibit.