Pre-Revolutionary War log buildings at Old Fort Harrod State Park in Kentucky

Historic Sites

Where Kentucky History Was Made

The many historical places in Kentucky reflect the diverse heritage of our state. Visit Hodgenville and walk the hallowed grounds of the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park. At Harrodsburg and Boonesborough, watch history come alive as costumed interpreters portray life on the rugged frontier in pre-Revolutionary War forts. And immerse yourself in Kentucky’s complex Civil War stories at sites ranging from battlefields to cemeteries to house museums. 

Kentucky was shaped by its many waterways, and visiting Ohio River towns like Paducah, Maysville and Ashland will offer a glimpse into how the river brought life to the young state. Learn about Kentucky coal mining history and the important role coal has played in Kentucky’s industrial and cultural heritage by visiting Appalachian Mountain mining towns like Benham and Lynch. And explore fascinating Kentucky Main Streets to find unique artwork, antiques and other relics of Kentucky’s past.

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