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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

YorkKentucky's Multicultural Tourism Guide is online!

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Kentucky Derby Museum located at Churchill Downs, Louisville, KY. Open Daily!
Region Louisville, KY
There's Only One....Kentucky Derby Museum. We share the fun of the Kentucky Derby experience. Spend the day with us and experience two floors of exciting new exhibits! Your ad...
Mt. Sterling is a small town full of rich history, charm and first class attractions.
Region 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...
Region Bardstown, KY
Tour a fully operating distillery in Bardstown. All ages welcome.
Big South Fork Scenic Railway
Region 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 16 mi...
Region Fearisville, KY
Built in 1867, 114 feet long, Burr truss design. Closed to traffic in 1983. KY 984, 4.5 miles NW of Tollesboro.
Region Murray, KY
Over 40 barn quilts are currently displayed on the Calloway County Quilt Trail. 
Region Nicholasville, KY
US 27, 5 miles south of Nicholasville, Union Army Civil War supply depot & training camp, White House, c 1850, used as the officers' quarters, 10,000 African American men ...
Region Nicholasville, KY
This cemetery was begun in 1865 with over 2,200 Civil War soldiers buried at the site. Internments are still taking place. The cemetery adjoins the Camp Nelson Civil War Herit...
Region London, KY
The Battle of Camp Wildcat is recognized as the first Union victory of the Civil War. Follow the walking trail (with interpretive signing) to Hoosiers Knob where the trenches ...
Region Alexandria, KY
Reconstructed log cabins, many pieces of antique farm equipment, many outdoor displays. Open 10am to dark, March through October.
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