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Explore Kentucky coal mining history, frontier life and more

The many historical places in Kentucky reflect the diverse heritage that the state proudly represents. Visit Hodgenville and walk the hallowed grounds of the birthplace of Abraham Lincoln. At Harrodsburg and Boonesborough, watch history come alive as costumed interpreters portray life on the rugged frontier in pre-Revolutionary War forts. Kentucky’s development was shaped by its many waterways, and visiting Ohio River towns from Paducah to Maysville and Ashland will impart a glimpse into how the river brought life to the young commercial center. Learn about Kentucky coal mining history and see how coal has played such an important role in Kentucky’s industrial and cultural heritage by visiting mining company towns like Benham and Lynch in the Appalachian Mountains.

Visit the hundreds of historical places in Kentucky and brush up on Kentucky coal mining history, its famous citizens and its development through the years. Start planning a historic Kentucky trip today!
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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 ...
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...
Bourbon, Horses & History Harrodsburg, KY
In the heart of downtown Harrodsburg lies a National Register Historic District with a streetscape reminiscent of an earlier time. Most of the preserved buildings within this ...
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Bluegrass Region Flemingsburg, KY
The Historic District includes houses churches and covered bridges.
Bourbon, Horses & History Georgetown, KY
Georgetown College strives for excellence in a well-rounded environment for all students. Tiger athletics puts a premium on the overall experience, celebrating the true studen...
Bourbon, Horses & History Lexington, KY
The Gratz Park Historic District is one of the most beautiful areas in downtown Lexington, comprised of a city park and several large residences.
Bluegrass, Blues & BBQ Henderson, KY
Free, guided walking tours are offered by The Depot Community Room the first Saturday of each month, April-November. Tours start at The Depot (101 N. Water Street, Henderson, ...
Daniel Boone Country Frakes, KY
Enjoy a picturesque location, plenty of housing and food service. It is an ideal location for a conference or retreat.
Bluegrass Region Bellevue, KY
Historic Fairfield Avenue in Bellevue, KY boasts an eclectic assortment of restaurants and diners to grab a bite. From hearty breakfast skillets and specialty coffees, to fres...
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