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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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Merchants Row is a collection of historic buildings in downtown Perryville that have remained largely untouched since the 19th century. Many of the buildings housed wounded soldiers after the Civil War Battle of Perryville.
Bourbon, Horses & History Perryville, KY
Perryville's historic Merchants' Row is a series of original 1800s buildings with restaurant, gift shops, and museums in historic downtown Perryville. Fabric art depicting Per...
Bourbon, Horses & History Lexington, KY
The National Register of Historic Places listed this district as the Northside Residential Historic District Expanded in 1982. In 1985, it was designated locally as Mulb...
Kentuckys Southern Shorelines Munfordville, KY
 The Battle and the Siege of Munfordville took place near a bridge along the L&N Turnpike over a three-day period in September 1862. It was one of three Civil War eng...
Western Wetlands Paducah, KY
Visit Paducah's thriving riverfront and take a self-guided tour of Portraits from Paducah's Past depicting Paducah's rich history in more than 50 life-sized panoramic murals b...
Bourbon, Horses & History Frankfort, KY The Paul Sawyier Public Library strives to provide, on equal terms, free library services to all residents of Franklin County. Paul Sawyier Public Library 319 Wap...
Centre Family Dwelling, 1824-1834
Bourbon, Horses & History Harrodsburg, KY
Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill is America’s largest restored Shaker village. Learn about the Shaker lessons of sustainability, ingenuity and community. The villa...
Kentuckys Southern Shorelines Bowling Green, KY
The ShakeRag Historic District in the downtown area is recognized for its significance to African-American history. Located along the north end of State Street, it was placed ...
Bluegrass Heritage Museum
Bourbon, Horses & History Winchester, KY
Winchester, the seat of Clark County in central Kentucky since the county was created in 1792, is located at the intersection of U.S. 60 and KY 627, south of I-64. The town wa...
Bluegrass Region Augusta, KY
Beautiful walking path along the Ohio River.
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