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.


***ALERT***
Monument tours have been suspended until further notice due to mechanical issues with the elevator. Open Tuesday - Saturday beginning June 9th. The gift shop, museum and grounds are open. 

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.

Spring/Summer/Fall Schedule:
June 9 - November 15 - 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
November 16 - March 31 - 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (gift shop and museum)
**Closed Saturday and Sunday November 16 - March 31 - park access gates will also be closed.**

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 The gift shop also has reproduced copies of historical documents such as the Emancipation Proclamation, Lincoln’s Words of Wisdom, the Constitution, Lincoln’s Rule of Conduct and the Gettysburg Address.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. A picnic area, two picnic shelters (near rest room facilities) and a playground are available at the monument site. 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