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Civil War & More

Just an hour away from Lexington and the Kentucky Horse Park, see sites of important battles, early towns and Kentucky’s role in the Civil War.

Drive southwest out of  Lexington along U.S. 68 South towards Harrodsburg. You’ll drive through the Kentucky River Palisades which William Least Heat Moon wrote about in Blue Highways. It’s a historic route with a beautiful dose of nature.

Waveland State Historic Site
A beautiful Greek revival home built in 1847 by Joseph Bryan, a grandnephew of Daniel Boone. It exemplifies plantation life in Kentucky in the 19th century where acres of hemp and grain moved in the breeze giving it its name.

If you feel the need to shop for antiques in Kentucky, an old school building in Nonesuch has been transformed into Irish Acres Antiques with the Glitz Restaurant down below. The restaurant's name fits!

Travel along U.S. 68 through the Kentucky River palisades and enjoy the scenery as you drive across breathtaking gorges full of natural beauty.


Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill
Visit Shaker Village, Kentucky–America’s largest restored Shaker community is a national treasure. Find Shaker-style crafts, dining, lodging, dry masonry walls and horse trails on 3,000 acres of rolling hills. After Shaker Village, Kentucky visitors can take a lazy ride on the Dixie Bell through the Kentucky River Palisades.

Downtown Harrodsburg, KY was the first permanent settlement established west of the Alleghenies by early white explorers. 

Old Fort Harrod State Park is in the heart of downtown near the site of where Kentucky's pioneer history began.  Artifacts and Lincoln memorabilia are part of the displays.

Just to the south on U.S. 127, Beaumont Inn welcomes guests with dining and the finest of Southern hospitality.  There are amenities for every taste including a spa.

Continue south to Danville (on U.S. 127), one of Kentucky’s oldest towns and home to the nationally-renowned and historic Centre College campus. 

Constitution Square  is where Kentucky became the 15th state to join the Union in 1792, and where Isaac Shelby became the first governor.

Drive east on U.S. 150 to Perryville where a decisive Civil War battle was waged. Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site – Kentucky’s largest Civil War battlefield.

Historic Merchant’s Row of Perryville - one of the only surviving 19th-century mercantile districts in the nation.

Double back to Danville and turn northeast on U.S. 27 towards Nicholasville.

Camp Nelson Civil War Heritage Park
Designated a national cemetery in 1868, this was the third largest recruiting and training depot for African Americans in the Nation. An interpretive trail will guide you through this former supply depot and training camp.

Chrisman Mill Vineyard and Winery 
Kentucky produced the first commercial vineyard in the 1700’s. We’re at it again! Come visit one of the top wineries in Kentucky to learn how award-winning wines are made.

Get back on U.S. 27 North and you head back to Lexington.

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Happy Trails!