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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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Kentuckys Appalacians Prestonsburg, KY
Restored 1817 brick home, now city-operated. Tours by appointment.
Kentuckys Southern Shorelines Franklin, KY
The Sandford Duncan Inn is among the oldest if not the oldest  log structure in Simpson County.  It is thought to have been built about 1818 in what was then Lo...
Bourbon, Horses & History Georgetown, KY
Located in the renovated jailer's house, part of the historic Scott County Jail Complex at 117 North Water Street in historic downtown Georgetown. Here the Scott County Arts C...


Daniel Boone Country Beattyville, KY
In 1887 Bishop Dudley purchased an acre of land, and in 1884 it was mortgaged to the American Church Building Fund to build a new stone church. The cornerstone was laid in 189...
Bourbon, Horses & History Frankfort, KY
Find out what it means to say "I am a Kentuckian" in this 167,000 square-foot museum and research facility. Dig in with live performances, interactive exhibits and dynami...
Caves, Lakes & Corvettes Columbia, KY
Built in 1821 by Daniel Trabue. Has been restored to a living history museum.
Bluegrass, Blues & BBQ Rosine, KY
This rustic mini-museum will take you back to the roots of Bluegrass Music. Bill Monroe, Father of Bluegrass Music,lived and played music here with his Uncle Pendleton Vandive...
Bluegrass, Blues & BBQ Morganfield, KY
Built in the early 1870's and upgraded in 1940 by the WPA; again in 1973; and in 2001.
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 Danville, KY
Picturesque historic home and event space located on 100  acres of Kentucky farmland.
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