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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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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...
Western Wetlands Princeton, KY
Adsmore is a circa 1857 Greek Revival home and garden restored to late Victorian grandeur and filled with the Smith-Garrett family's personal belongings. Adsmore sits on appro...
Bourbon, Horses & History Lexington, KY
The magnificent 18-room mansion stands in the heart of one of Lexington's most beautiful residential districts, a reminder of the rich heritage left by Henry Clay and his desc...
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Bourbon, Horses & History Lawrenceburg, KY
Tours offered of the TB Ripy Grand Victorian House built by Bourbon Baron TB Ripy in the late 1800s. The Visitor Center offers many Kentucky made foods and goods as well as bo...
Daniel Boone Country 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...
Northern Kentucky River 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...
Daniel Boone Country Pineville, KY
Restored Art Deco theater now showing first run movies and art films.
Bourbon, Horses & History 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...
Bluegrass, Blues & BBQ 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...
Northern Kentucky River 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, f...
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