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Historic Sites in Kentucky

From key battlefields such as Perryville and Mill Springs to the birthplaces of presidents of both the Union (Abraham Lincoln at Hodgenville) and Confederacy (Jefferson Davis at Fairview), Kentucky historical sites are rich repositories of history related to the American Civil War. Kentucky was caught in the middle of the epic battle that preserved the nation, and touring these and other sites will reveal the important role the state played in this historic conflict.

Other facets of American history come alive when you visit historic sites in Kentucky like Cumberland Gap, where Daniel Boone and others blazed trails that allowed expansion of a young nation; Shaker Village, Kentucky in Pleasant Hill, where a utopian community formed in the mid-19th century; and Stearns Mining & Lumber Co. in the Daniel Boone National Forest, which portrays life in the many towns that sprang up in Kentucky coal country to supply the fuel that powered the nation’s emergence as an industrial power.

Explore the many Kentucky historical sites that not only tell the story of the history of Kentucky, but of the entire nation as well.

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Downtown Barbourville. KY
Region Barbourville, KY
Welcome to the City of Barbourville.  Barbourville is the county seat of Knox County, with lots of historical culture to learn and plenty of sites to see.  Thank you...
Basilica of St. Joseph Proto-Cathedral
Region Bardstown, KY
When it was formed in 1808, Bishop John Carroll of Baltimore named Bardstown The First Catholic Diocese West of the Allegheny Mountains. The diocese encompassed the entire nor...
Region Pineville, KY
Restored Art Deco theater now showing first run movies and art films.
Berry Hill Mansion
Region Frankfort, KY
·   Situated on a prominent western bluff overlooking the State Capitol and Frankfort, the George Franklin Berry Estate was originally called Juniper Hill bec...
Region Rosine, KY
There's Only One Birthplace of Bluegrass Music. Step back into music history at the beautifully restored boyhood home of Bill Monroe, the "Father of Bluegrass Music." Imag...
Bishop Flaget Log House & St. Thomas Church
Region Bardstown, KY
Tours of St. Thomas Church and grounds, and historic Bishop Flaget Log House are conducted by appointment only. Call the parish office (502) 348-3717. Bishop Flaget, first...
Region Monticello, KY
The house served as a home, headquarters and hospital before and after the Battle of Mill Springs.  The battle was the first Union victory of the Civil War.  Three G...
Region Paris, KY
Cane Ridge Meeting House, 9 miles east via US 460 and SR537 at 1655 Cane Ridge Road, built of blue ash logs by Scots Presbyterian pioneers in 1791. Said to be the largest one-...
Cardome Centre
Region Georgetown, KY
A former monastery and one of Scott County's most historic properties. The main building is an Italianate masterpiece and home to the Museum of the Written Word. The histor...
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