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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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Western Wetlands Oak Grove, KY
This one room school house was built between 1883 and 1900.  Moved to the grounds of the War Memorial Walking Trail in 2008, it serves as a mini museum complete with antique d...
Kentuckys Southern Shorelines Franklin, KY
Andrew Jackson Caldwell laid out the foundation for his new family home. With a desire for distinction, his home would not be a simple structure like so many others, but an ei...
Northern Kentucky River Region Bardstown, KY
Authentic village of ten log cabins 150-200 years old.  Open daily, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., March-Oct.; Open Fri.-Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov.; Closed Dec. 1-Feb 28, Easter & Tha...
Bourbon, Horses & History Harrodsburg, KY
A full-scale replica of the fort built by James Harrod in 1774 is the centerpiece of Old Fort Harrod State Park in Harrodsburg, KY. Cabins and blockhouses are furnished with h...
Bourbon, Horses & History Lexington, KY
Old Morrison, designed by Gideon Shryock, is the centerpiece of Transylvania University. Built in 1833, Old Morrison is a Registered National Historic Landmark and depicted on...
Bourbon, Horses & History Harrodsburg, KY
A celebrated house of worship, this building was erected in 1800 by a colony of Dutch settlers to serve as the first Low Dutch Reformed Church building west of the Allegheny M...
Northern Kentucky River Region Bardstown, KY
5 rooms. Built in 1779. Oldest Western Stagecoach stop in America. Stay where Abraham Lincoln, General Patton, Jessie James and countless others have slept. Restaurant, p...
Northern Kentucky River Region Bardstown, KY
Two museums of great interest, one of Bardstown and the other of the bourbon industry. Artifacts relating to distilleries, including stills, cooperage, antique bottles and adv...
Bluegrass, Blues & BBQ Owensboro, KY
The Owensboro Museum of Fine Art presents traveling exhibitions from major museums, galleries and private collections and rotating exhibitions from the permanent collectio...
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