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Historic Sites in Kentucky

Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill

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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Versailles, KY
On the night of June 3-4, 1781, Captain Jack Jouett rode 40 miles through the backwoods of Virginia to warn Governor Thomas Jefferson and the legislature of the approach of 25...
Union, KY
Jane’s Saddlebag is a place where history and nature come alive. Located in the fascinating Big Bone Lick area of northern Kentucky, Jane's Saddlebag is a reconstructed ...
Knifley, KY
 The log home of Kentucky authors, Janice Holt and Henry Giles is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  The Giles Society was established in 1996 to p...
Lexington, KY
For over 75 years, Keeneland has been to the Thoroughbred industry what Augusta is to golf or Hollywood is to the movies. It is where traditions are treasured, innovations are...
Frankfort, KY
Revisit the commonwealth's military history in this fortress-like building that overlooks downtown Frankfort. Built in 1850, the Old State Arsenal is now home to the Kentucky ...
Frankfort, KY
Guided tours. Reservations for groups suggested. Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30am-3:00pm, closed weekends. Guided tours will be given on the hour and half hour on weekdays . Only...
Louisville, KY
Knights of Pythias Temple (Louisville, KY) Start Year : 1893 Two African American Knights of Pythias lodges are listed in the 1893 Louisville City Directory. The Temple at...
Lexington, KY
Originally built in1886 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Lexington Opera House is known as one of the premiere performing arts centers in the region...
Frankfort, KY
The Visitor Center at the Orlando Brown House is open Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., FREE.  Guided tours are given two to three times each day.  As the restora...
Booneville, KY
Linda's Victorian Rose is an 80+ year old school house and church located in the beautiful hills of Owsley County, Kentucky. Beautifully renovated and converted into a bed and...
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