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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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Ward Hall
Bourbon, Horses & History Georgetown, KY
Ward Hall, located 1782 Frankfort Road, US460 west, 1 mile from downtown Georgetown. Ward Hall, built in 1853, is said to be the finest example of a Greek Revival House in Ken...
Bourbon, Horses & History Salvisa, KY
THE WARWICK COMPOUND, near the site of the old town of Warwick, consists of the residence of Clay Lancaster and its various dependencies. The Moses Jones H...
Caves, Lakes & Corvettes Monticello, KY
Isaac West built the first brick house in Wayne County in 1800.  General Felix Zollicoffer used it as his headquarters before the Battle of Mill Springs on January 19th, ...
Wickland, Home of Three Governors
Northern Kentucky River Region Bardstown, KY
Wickland, Home of Three Governors, Open May-Labor Day, Fri.-Sun., 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.  Self-guided architectural tour, quilt exhibits.  Considered one of the best ...
view of the Wolf Creek Dam in Jamestown, Kentucky
Caves, Lakes & Corvettes Jamestown, KY
Located by the Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery.  More than a mile long landmark, this forms Lake Cumberland from the Cumberland River.  Newly refurbished and repai...
Enjoy the beautiful Versailles scenery on the front porch of the Inn.
Bourbon, Horses & History Versailles, KY
The Woodford Inn is a historic Kentucky bed & breakfast nestled among the beautiful horse farms of central Kentucky. We’re located just outside of Lexington, KY in t...
Inn at Woodhaven
Northern Kentucky River Region Louisville, KY
An elegant 1853 Gothic Revival Mansion, Carriage House and Octagon Rose Cottage. Guest rooms include designer linens, antique furnishings and reproductions, private bath, TV, ...
An award-winning restoration project in downtown Bowling Green.
Kentuckys Southern Shorelines Bowling Green, KY
One of Bowling Green’s first filling stations along what was known as the Dixie Highway is now an award-winning preservation project. Restored to provide public restro...
Abbey of Gethsemani
Northern Kentucky River Region New Haven, KY
Abbey Visitor's Center: Archive Display, a DVD Theatre for viewing a 25 min DVD about the monastery. Gift Shop featuring the monks' world famous Trappist Cheese, Fudge an...
Adsmore House & Gardens, Princeton, KY
Western Wetlands Princeton, KY
Circa 1857 Greek Revival home restored to late Victorian grandeur and filled with the Smith-Garrett family's personal belongings. Adsmore sits on approximately four beautiful ...
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