Jefferson Davis State Historic Site
Top Five Things to Do
- Tour the historic museum.
- Shop the gift shop.
- Picnic in a pavilion.
- Visit the playground with your children.
- 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.
April 1st through November 15th operating hours are 9:00 AM till 4:40 PM. Park is open seven days a week. November 16th tours of the monument stop and start again April 1.
Park is open 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Normal operating days are Monday through Friday. But the park will be open the 1st and 3rd Saturday and closed the 1st and 3rd Monday. There are no monument tours during this time frame.
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 The gift shop also has reproduced copies of historical documents such as the Emancipation Proclamation, Lincoln’s Words of Wisdom, the Constitution, Lincoln’s Rule of Conduct and the Gettysburg Address.
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."
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.