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About the Kentucky Civil War Heritage Trail System

In the fall of 2010, the Kentucky Department of Travel & Tourism came together in a meeting with representatives of the Kentucky Historical Society, the Kentucky Heritage Council, the Kentucky Department of Parks, the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet and the Kentucky Department of Transportation for the purpose of establishing a Kentucky Civil War heritage trail in Kentucky. The Trail was to be a part of the state's observance of the Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War, but it was also purposed as a “legacy” piece of the sesquicentennial commemoration and an interpretive tourism tool meant to continue beyond the years of the sesquicentennial observance.

Since that time, the above-mentioned entities have worked cooperatively to establish and develop the Kentucky Civil War Heritage Trail system. The Trails are comprised of a collection of historic and interpretive sites from around the state, focusing on major transportation routes for both in-state and out-of-state travelers. They provide travelers with specific information and easy access to Kentucky Civil War sites, visitor amenities, and additional recreational and heritage tourism opportunities while offering Kentucky's visitors, travelers and residents an opportunity to discover, learn about and understand the impact of the Civil War in Kentucky, the most contentious event in the history of our Commonwealth and our nation.”

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