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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. 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...
Military Discount Available
Bourbon, Horses & History Lexington, KY
Horse Farm Tour Enjoy Bluegrass hospitality at its best as you walk behind the gates of a Thoroughbred Horse Farm. Your Certified Tour Guide will escort you through the beau...
Kentuckys Southern Shorelines Cave City, KY
Kentucky’s Cave Capital is Kentucky’s Zipline Capital!    Where else can you play underground and above ground too?  Eight caves within 45 miles ...
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Western Wetlands Oak Grove, KY
This one room school house was built between 1883 and 1900.  Moved to the grounds of the War Memorial Walking Trail in 2008, it serves as a mini museum complete with antique d...
Bluegrass, Blues & BBQ Hartford, KY
Two story historic home. Built 1880. On National Historic Register. Small country store. One room schoolhouse relocated. Rustic relics building. L&N Caboose on track. 1838...
Bluegrass, Blues & BBQ Hartford, KY
Keeps our memory of heroes alive with period uniforms and personal items representing all branches of military service.
Northern Kentucky River Region Bardstown, KY
Authentic village of ten log cabins 150-200 years old.  Open daily, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Mar. 1- Oct. 31, Fri., Sat., & Sun only Nov. 1 - Dec. 15.  Closed Dec. 16 - F...
Daniel Boone Country Campton, KY
Old Campton Burial Ground is located in Campton, on the hill, behind the First Church of God, and east of the Wolfe County Courthouse.
Bluegrass Region Maysville, KY
Built in 1848 as Methodist Episcopal Church - South during split of Methodist Church in America over issue of Slavery. Became Old Church Museum in 1970's when new United Metho...
Northern Kentucky River Region Bardstown, KY
Open Sun.-Fri., 2-6 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Includes a tour of the original 1819 jail. A chilling look at conditions in this jail that was in operation until 1987. www.jail...
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