Jefferson Davis State Historic Site

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Location:

258 Pembroke-Fairview Rd.
U.S. Highway 68-80
Fairview KY 42221

Top Five Things to Do

  1. Tour the historic museum.
  2. Shop the gift shop.
  3. Picnic in a pavilion.
  4. Visit the playground with your children.
  5. See the 351-foot Obelisk constructed on a bed of Kentucky limestone.

Jefferson Davis State Historic Site is a memorial to the Kentuckian born on this site on June 3, 1808. The monument is a 351-foot obelisk constructed on a foundation of solid Kentucky limestone. An elevator takes visitors to the top for a bird's eye view of the countryside. A museum on the grounds provides visitors with a bit of insight into this leader's fascinating life. Davis may be best known for his service as President of the Confederacy during the Civil War but the popular West Point graduate also had a distinguished military career before serving as a congressman and senator.

Park Hours
Spring and Summer Park hours
April 1 – November 15th park operating days and hours are the following: . Monument, museum and gift hours are 9:00 -4:00, Monday through Saturday. Sunday hour are 12:30 – 4:00. Tours of monument and museum begin at 9:00 and end at 4:00. Park closes at 4:00.

Fall and Winter Park Hours
November 16th – March 31st park operating days are Monday through Saturday. Park is open first and third Fridays of the month and Saturdays are open 2nd and 4th. Every week the park is open Monday through Thursday. Daily operating hours are 9:00 – 3:00 each day. Gates lock at 3:00.


Tours
Monument tours are not available November 16, 2021 - April 1, 2022.


Gift Shop

The gift shop offers coffee mugs, glasses, candy, books, Civil War period reproduced money and tee shirts. The gift shop also has reproduced copies of historical documents such as the Emancipation Proclamation, Lincoln’s Words of Wisdom, the Constitution, Lincoln’s Rule of Conduct and the Gettysburg Address.

Museum
Our visitor's center features exhibits detailing Davis' political life before and after the Civil War and the building of the monument. Also told is the little known story of the Kentucky "Orphan Brigade."

Picnicking
Enjoy your next family outing under the proud auspices of the historic monument. Large shelter (holds 100) and small shelter (holds 50) are available for rental with 10 days advanced notice. Call 270-889-6100.
Amenities
General Information
  • Guided Tours
  • Handicap Accessible
  • Pets Accepted