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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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Enjoy the beautiful Versailles scenery on the front porch of the Inn.
Region Versailles, KY
The Woodford Inn is a historic Kentucky bed & breakfast nestled among the beautiful horse farms of central Kentucky. We’re located just outside of Lexington, KY in t...
Inn at Woodhaven
Region Louisville, KY
An elegant 1853 Gothic Revival Mansion, Carriage House and Octagon Rose Cottage. Guest rooms include designer linens, antique furnishings and reproductions, private bath, TV, ...
Region Louisville, KY
Art is a priority at Gallery House and so is the art of providing guests delightful accommodations and delicious breakfasts. These modern Victorian guest rooms offer private b...
Region Williamsburg, KY
Henkelmann Life Science Collection, the Williams Cross Collection.
Region Lexington, KY
Historical cemetery with landscaped gardens and grounds.
Region Lebanon, KY
Colonial home built in 1833, designated as Kentucky Landmark by the Kentucky Historical Society. Was Confederate General John Hunt Morgan's headquarters in July of 1862. Flag ...
Old Talbott Tavern
Region Bardstown, KY
5 rooms. Built in 1779. Oldest Western Stagecoach stop in America. Stay where Abraham Lincoln, General Patton, Jessie James and countless others have slept. Restaurant, p...
Region Middlesboro, KY
The museum has a display of personal items qwned by Alexander Arthur and his family. He was the first head of the English land company that founded Middlesboro. The building h...
Handcrafted artwork in the Appalachian Artisan Center
Region Hindman, KY
The Appalachian Artisan Center Shop and website are home to an extensive selection of handcrafted items. From pottery to jewelry- furniture to quilts- the rich heritage of the...
Region Middlesboro, KY
Bell County's memories are on display, including railroad and a coal mine artifacts. Museum also features history and heritage of Southeastern Kentucky. Open Monday, Wednesday...
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