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Abraham Lincoln

The birthplace of Abraham Lincoln. Kentucky Civil War forts and battlefields. Appalachian festivals, art and coal field culture. African American heritage and Native American historic sites such as the Trail of Tears. 

 

These characters, settings and events combine to form the history of the state of Kentucky. Some of them part of a forever-changed past; others carrying on timeworn traditions and helping to shape the future of the Bluegrass State.

Uncover the storied traditions of the region of Appalachia. Walk historical sites such as American Civil War battlefields. Visit memorials and museums from horse racing to music.. Explore the fascinating downtowns of Main Street Kentucky cities and towns for fashion, gifts and antiques unique to Kentucky state history.

Even view the birthplace of the 16th U.S. president at the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park along the Lincoln Heritage Trail. .

Craving even more Kentucky history? Use the search below to find historical towns, sites and events by region.


Kentucky's Civil War Heritage Guide


  Kentucky's Civil War Heritage Guide

 
Civil War Sites Maps


  Bluegrass Region Civil War Map

  Bluegrass, Blues and Barbecue Region Civil War Map

  Bourbon, Horses and History Region Civil War Map

  Caves, Lakes and Corvettes Region Civil War Map

  Daniel Boone Country Region Civil War Map

  Northern Kentucky River Region Civil War Map

  Kentucky's Southern Shorelines Region Civil War Map

  Western Waterlands Region Civil War Map

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Northern Kentucky River Region Bardstown, KY
Tour a fully operating distillery in Bardstown. All ages welcome.
Big South Fork Scenic Railway
Caves, Lakes & Corvettes Stearns, KY
Take a train ride through the scenic mountains of Southern Kentucky and stop at the historic  Blue Heron Mining Camp. The Big South Fork Scenic Railway takes a 14 mi...
Kentucky Derby Museum located at Churchill Downs, Louisville, KY. Open Daily!
Northern Kentucky River Region Louisville, KY
There's Only One....Kentucky Derby Museum. Located at Gate 1 of historic Churchill Downs, the Museum presents the traditions and excitement of the "greatest two minutes in spo...
Mt. Sterling is a small town full of rich history, charm and first class attractions.
Kentuckys Appalacians Mount Sterling, KY
Nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains and the Kentucky Bluegrass Region, Mt. Sterling is full of rich history and charm. Home of the oldest festival in Kentuck...
Northern Kentucky River Region Goshen, KY
From Goshen Lane in Goshen to Junction with KY 3223
Northern Kentucky River Region Lebanon, KY
From KY 55 (Walnut Street) in Lebanon, via Perryville and Harrodsburg, to 0.5 miles south of KY 1980 in Jessamine County.
Bourbon, Horses & History Carlisle, KY
From Licking River Bridge at Nicholas County line via Mays Lick and Washington to Ohio State line near Maysville
U.S. 23 Country Music Highway Museum
Kentuckys Appalacians Staffordsville, KY
The Museum exhibits memorabilia about the many U.S. 23 Country Music Highway stars. Enjoy live bluegrass music at "Front Porch Pickin" every Thursday at 7pm. Admission pr...
Bluegrass, Blues & BBQ Rosine, KY
This rustic mini-museum will take you back to the roots of Bluegrass Music. Bill Monroe, Father of Bluegrass Music,lived and played music here with his Uncle Pendleton Vandive...
Bluegrass, Blues & BBQ Morganfield, KY
Built in the early 1870's and upgraded in 1940 by the WPA; again in 1973; and in 2001.
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