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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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Tour vintage railcars outside and a two-story museum inside at the Historic Railpark in Bowling Green
Kentuckys Southern Shorelines Bowling Green, KY
Long before interstates, people resting in Bowling Green arrived at the L&N Passenger Depot. This 1925 structure has been restored and revived to house a two-story museum ...
Kentuckys Appalacians Salyersville, KY
Enjoy a step back in time as you tour our authentic pioneer village. We embrace our heritage with our genealogical library and emphasis on "preserving the past for the future....
Northern Kentucky River Region Loretto, KY
Come visit our distillery, a National Historic Landmark and the oldest operating on its original site.  See where we have been making bourbon and hand dipping our bottles...
Bluegrass Region Warsaw, KY
Concrete dam bridge and locks that span the Ohio River. It is 1395 feet long, and connects Gallatin County, KY, and Switzerland, IN.
Mary Todd Lincoln House, Lexington, KY
Bourbon, Horses & History Lexington, KY
The Mary Todd Lincoln House is the girlhood home of the wife of Abraham Lincoln. She brought her husband and children to visit the Todd family here in 1847. The first histor...
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Kentuckys Appalacians Paintsville, KY
John Caldwell Calhoun Mayo invested in coal and became Kentucky's wealthiest citizen. His mansion was finished in 1912 with three stories and 43 rooms. 
Northern Kentucky River Region Louisville, KY
McAlpine Locks and Dam is located in downtown Louisville, Kentucky.  The dam is at mile 604.4 of the Ohio River and the locks are in the Louisville and Portland Canal on ...
Muhlenberg County Public Library
Bluegrass, Blues & BBQ Greenville, KY
Greenville is privileged to be the home of the Muhlenberg County Public Library’s Thistle Cottage, formerly known as the Duncan Center Museum & Art Gallery. The hist...
Merchants Row is a collection of historic buildings in downtown Perryville that have remained largely untouched since the 19th century. Many of the buildings housed wounded soldiers after the Civil War Battle of Perryville.
Bourbon, Horses & History Perryville, KY
Perryville's historic Merchants' Row is a series of original 1800s buildings with restaurant, gift shops, and museums in historic downtown Perryville. Fabric art depicting Per...
Bluegrass, Blues & BBQ Powderly, KY
Merle Travis country music songwriter,singer and had his own style of finger picking.
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