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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. Follow the path of Daniel Boone and explore the Boone Trace. 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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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...
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Northern Kentucky River Region Louisville, KY
Located in the heart of downtown Louisville, the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience combines two of America’s favorite things, history and Bourbon.  Whether you&rsq...
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Northern Kentucky River Region Bardstown, KY
March-December, Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Sunday 1 p.m.-4 p.m., January-February, Closed Sunday and Monday, Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Last tour offered one hou...
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Kentuckys Southern Shorelines Horse Cave, KY
Horse Cave, (population 2,250) is located on the southern edge of Hart County. The town is centered on a cave from which it derived its name and water supply.  It was an ...
Bourbon, Horses & History Berea, KY
The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea features a wide range of Kentucky’s outstanding artisan works in its galleries, exhibition and shopping areas. Whether on display in...
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...
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Bourbon, Horses & History Berea, KY
Stop at the headquarters for the state-wide organization that promotes and markets juried members’ work. Check out their Fall Fair held annually in Berea, KY.  ...
Northern Kentucky River Region Louisville, KY
You'll hop on a SUV-pulled tram and be joined by a MEGA Cavern expert who will guide your adventure. It's a 60-70 minute tour, strategically lit to enjoy highlights such as: E...
Northern Kentucky River Region Louisville, KY
The Louisville Quest! is part race, part scavenger hunt and part historical, sight-seeing tour. Teams of 2 – 5 will compete against each other to answer challenge questi...
Kentuckys Southern Shorelines Bowling Green, KY
There's Only One...National Corvette Museum. A sinkhole can’t stop the National Corvette Museum! Step inside to see over 70 Corvettes in periodic settings including m...
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