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North Central Kentucky

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North Central Kentucky

This is quintessential Kentucky - rolling bluegrass surrounded by picket fences behind which million dollar thoroughbreds graze. Lexington, home to some 450 horse farms, and Louisville, home of Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby, are both located here, giving this area the claim of "Horse Capital of the World."

But Kentucky's North Central Region is about more than horses. It's about bourbon and battlefields, folk art and frontier forts, living history and life on the river. Berea, in the foothills of the Cumberland Mountains, is the commonwealth's crafts capital, and the site of Berea College, a pre-Civil War institution founded to educate both black and white students. Bardstown is the birthplace of bourbon and the Stephen Foster legend, and Boonesborough tells the story of some of Kentucky’s earliest pioneers. To the north, the region has been shaped both geographically and historically by the Ohio River. Lying just below the "Mason Dixon Line," northern Kentucky includes important locations along the Underground Railroad including the communities of Augusta and Maysville.

The region, while considered Kentucky's commercial heart, still retains vestiges of its rural past. Its historical significance is preserved at such sites as Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill; the Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site, commemorating Kentucky's most important Civil War battle; Camp Nelson, the nation's third largest African-American recruitment center during the Civil War; Greenhill Cemetery, containing Kentucky's only monument to black Civil War soldiers, and the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Site in Hodgenville.

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Bradford/Payne House
219 Main Street, Augusta, KY
(606) 756-2183
Located at the western end of Riverside Drive, this home was a site of Underground Railroad activity according to oral traditions and newspaper accounts. Its close proximity to the cabins belonging to free people of color lends further speculation that it was a site of coordinated escapes. Tours by appointment.


Dinsmore Homestead
5656 Burlington Pike, Burlington, KY
(859) 586-6117
This 1842 frame residence was built as the seat of a 700-acre farm for James and Martha Dinsmore, slave owners from Louisiana and Mississippi. Several enslaved African-Americans accompanied them here and their story is part of the interpretation offered.


Berea College
Berea, KY
(859) 985-3000
Founded in 1855, Berea College was the first college in the United States established for the specific purpose of educating black and white students together. Now largely known for its education of students from Appalachia, this institution began as an anti-slavery school advocating racial equality.


Baker-Hunt Art and Cultural Center
620 Greenup Street, Covington, KY
(859) 431-0020
Housed in this Victorian mansion located in the historic district, the permanent collection includes works by African-American painter Robert Duncansen (1821-1872), grandson of a slave. He was educated abroad and noted as the first African-American artist to achieve international fame.

Behringer/Crawford Museum
1600 Montague Road, Covington, KY
(859) 491-4003
Underground Railroad activities flourished in the locale, and legends maintain that the grounds surrounding the museum contained secret hiding places for "passengers" on the road to freedom.

Statue of James Bradley
Contact: Northern Kentucky
Convention & Visitors Bureau
50 East RiverCenter Blvd., Suite 200, Covington, KY
(877) 659-8474
The statue of James Bradley, honoring anti-slavery activity in Kentucky, is one of seven statues along the scenic Covington and Newport Riverwalk. Reportedly snatched from his mother's arms in Africa and brought to the United States. Bradley grew up on a plantation in South Carolina. As the only African-American student at Cincinnati's Lane Seminary in 1834, Bradley was the only black person admitted to an American institution of higher learning before the Civil War.

The Emery Price Historic District
Contact: Northern Kentucky
Convention & Visitors Bureau
50 East RiverCenter Blvd., Suite 200, Covington, KY
(877) 659-8474
This historic district is an outstanding collection of pre-1900 architecture located near downtown Covington. The district has served as a center for Covington's African-American population, being home to many black professionals since 1900. One of the most eminent members in the community was Rev. Jacob Price, who helped establish several churches in the neighborhood and promoted black education. The Jacob Price houses, located on the eastern edge of the district are named in his honor.


Cynthiana Harrison County Museum
124 South Walnut Street, Cynthiana, KY
(859) 234-7179
This is an historical museum offering displays of items related to Cynthiana and Harrison County and also the Civil War, particularly Battles of Cynthiana, and covered bridge displays.


Great American Brass Band Festival
Danville, KY
(859) 319-8426
The Great American Brass Band Festival is an annual event held since 1990. The open-air festival features a wide variety of brass bands, a hot air balloon race, a picnic and other activities.

The Norton Center for the Arts, Centre College
600 West Walnut Street, Danville, KY
(859) 236-4692 or (877) HIT SHOW
One of Kentucky's most important cultural resources, the Norton Center for the Arts offers exceptional programming in the performing and visual arts. Scheduled performances bring legendary performers such as ballet great Mikhail Baryshnikov and mime Marcel Marceau to the Center. Leading popular artists such as The Temptations, The Four Tops and the late Ray Charles have appeared as part of Centre College's Homecoming celebration.


Black History Gallery
602 Gallery Place, Elizabethtown, KY
(270) 769-5204  (270)765-7653
The gallery's historic collection from Emma Reno Connor contains pictures, articles, biographic material and prints from magazines, newspapers and calendars depicting the accomplishments and events pertinent to the African-American experience.


James A. Ramage Civil War Museum
1402 Highland Avenue, Fort Wright , KY
(859) 344-1145
This museum was created to inform visitors about the defense of Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati during the Civil War. It preserves and interprets Northern Kentucky's unique role in the Civil War through archaeology, education, and research, including the service of the Black Brigade, one of the first times the U. S. Army used soldiers of African- American descent.


First Baptist Church
100 West Clinton Street, Frankfort , KY
(502) 223-5152
This church was organized in 1833 by John Ward and Ziah Black. Members worshiped in private homes before occupying the first church. Construction for the present church began in 1904. Many distinguished religious, educational and civic leaders have held membership here.

Anna Mac Clarke Mary Britton

The Great American Brass Band Festival, Danville 

Greenhill Cemetery
Corner of East Main & U.S. 60, Frankfort, KY
(502) 564-7005
Features the only monument in the state honoring Kentucky's African-American Civil War Soldiers. It is one of only four monuments in the country dedicated to African-American Civil War Soldiers. The 14-foot monument was erected by the Colored Women's Relief Corps in 1924.

Kentucky Military History Museum
125 East Main Street, Frankfort, KY
(502) 564-1792
Kentucky African-Americans played a major role in the daily functioning of this military facility. Now a museum dedicated to Kentucky's military history, a section of the Civil War display touches on the role black soldiers played in the preservation of the Union. African-American military leaders are highlighted in the World War II exhibits.

Kentucky State Capitol

Kentucky State Capitol
700 Capitol Avenue, Frankfort, KY
(502) 564-3449
One of the most beautiful capitols in the country. Completed in 1910 in the Beaux Arts design, it also contains the First Lady Doll Collection. Guided tours are given on the hour and half hour on weekdays and on the hour only on weekends. Reservations for groups suggested.

Kentucky State University
400 East Main Street, Frankfort, KY
(502) 597-6000
The State Normal School for Colored Persons opened in 1887 as one of the few historically black colleges in the country. During the 1940-1962 presidency of Dr. Rufus Atwood the school emerged as Kentucky's leading black institution of higher education. Kentucky State University is home to the Center of Excellence for the Study of Kentucky African-Americans, which contains archives and rare artifacts.

Liberty Hall Historic Site
202 Wilkinson Street, Frankfort, KY
(502) 227-2560
Georgian house built in 1796 by John Brown, one of Kentucky's first two U.S. Senators. Tours focus on life in early Kentucky. Also includes tour of the Orlando Brown House.

Old State Capitol
100 West Broadway Street, Frankfort, KY
(502) 564-1792
This notable building, designated a National Historic Landmark, introduced Greek Revival architecture to what was then regarded as "the West." As the seat of state government from 1827 to 1910, numerous pieces of legislation enacted within its walls affected the course of African-Americans in Kentucky.

Orlando Brown House
202 Wilkinson Street, Frankfort, KY
(502) 227-2560
The Greek-Revival Orlando Brown House (1835) is a residence designed by Kentucky's most famous architect, Gideon Shryock. Splendidly furnished with antiques owned by three generations of the Brown family. Part of the Liberty Hall Historic Site.

St. John African Methodist Episcopal Church
210 W. Clinton Street, Frankfort, KY
(502) 223-5752
Established in 1838, the first building and property on Lewis Street was given by Mrs. Triplett to her servants, Benjamin Dunmore and Benjamin Hunley in 1881. Rev. D.S. Bently gave the name "St. John" to the A.M.E Church. The present church was built in 1893.

Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History
100 West Broadway, Frankfort, KY
(502) 564-1792
A 167,000 square-foot museum and research facility. Hands-on activities, interactive exhibits and dynamic collections. Research library contains unique genealogical records for tracing Kentucky ancestors. Free admission to library. Museum ticket price includes admission to the Old State Capitol and Kentucky Military History Museum. The permanent exhibit includes portraits of Dennis and Diademia Doram Jr., prominent 18th century African-Americans.


Cardome Centre
800 Cincinnati Pike Suite 3, Georgetown, KY
(502) 863-1575
The history of the Cardome Community Center site can be divided into four basic phases:  The Earliest Years: Included several migratory Native American tribes, including Choctaw, Mingo and Shawnee.  The Chambers/Robinson Years:  From 1774 to 1896 there were many people who owned the Cardome property.  Many of those families were prominent figures in Georgetown College history.  The Academy Years:  1896 to 1987:  Sisters of Visitation, a religious order founded in France in 1610.  The Present:  It is hoped that the present and the future of Cardome will be as illustrious as it’s past.  

First Baptist Church
209 W. Jefferson St., Georgetown
(502) 863-5379
Organized in 1811, the first building was erected in 1815.  Howard Malcom, pastor and president of Georgetown College, urged the relocation of the church near the college and leased the original site to the black congregation in 1842.  G.W. Dupree, a slave, was the first official pastor and 19 have served the church.  The building at the above address was built in 1870 when Ruben Lee was the pastor.

Yuko-En On the Elkhorn
The Official Kentucky-Japan Friendship Garden
700 U.S. 25, Georgetown
(502) 316-4554
Yuko-En On the Elkhorn is the Official Kentucky-Japan Friendship Garden.  The paths offer a Kentucky landscape set in a Japanese-style stroll garden.  The nearly six acres include waterfalls, Koi ponds, arched bridges, Kazan sculptures and the Four Seasons Environmental Education Pavilion.


Old Fort Harrod State Park
100 S. College St., Harrodsburg
(859) 734-3314
A  full-scale replica of the fort, built by James Harrod in 1774, is the centerpiece of this park.  Cabins and blockhouses are furnished with handmade utensils, furniture, crude tools and implements used by the pioneers.  The park also features the Mansion Museum, the George Rogers Clark’s Federal Monument, the Lincoln Marriage Temple and the oldest cemetery west of the Alleghenies.

St. Peter’s African American Episcopal Church
225 W. Lexington St., Harrodsburg
(859) 734-9996
St. Peter’s congregation formed as early as 1839, two decades before the Civil War.  Its classical revival building was erected in 1917, mostly through the labor of church members.  

Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill
3501 Lexington Road, Harrodsburg, KY
(800) 734-5611
One of the most important tenets of the Shaker religion was the ideal of equality of all people, regardless of gender or race. Accepting African-Americans into full and complete membership, the Society at Pleasant Hill sometimes purchased slaves. These former slaves were welcome to become Shakers on equal terms with white Shakers, or were allowed to leave the community. Drawing upon the inspiration of spirituals brought with former slaves into the community, the music composed by African-American members is incorporated into daily music performances at the restored village.

Highlands Heights

Museum of Anthropology
Northern Kentucky University
200 Landrum Academic Center
Highlands Heights, KY
(859) 572-5259
Founded in 1976, the Museum of nthropology serves as an educational, research and conservational unit of Northern Kentucky University. Through its mission, the Museum contributes to knowledge of and promotes the appreciation of the diversity and richness of human cultures and societies. Collections focus on the archaeology of Northern Kentucky and the middle Ohio Valley, contemporary ethnological arts of Native Americans, and contemporary ethnological and folk arts of world cultures, especially those of Latin America, Africa, and New Guinea.


Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Site
2995 Lincoln Farm Road, Hodgenville, KY
(270) 358-3137
In the fall of 1808, Thomas and Nancy Lincoln settled on the 348-acre Sinking Spring Farm. Two months later on February 12, 1809, Abraham Lincoln was born in a oneroom log cabin near the Sinking Spring. Here the Lincolns lived and farmed before moving to land a few miles away at Knob Creek. The area was established by Congress on July 17, 1916. An early 19th century Kentucky cabin, symbolic of the one in which Lincoln was born, is preserved in a memorial building at the site of his birth.

Abraham Lincoln Boyhood Home
7120 Bardstown Rd., New Haven, KY
(270) 358-3137
Just a few miles down the road from the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Site is the farm at Knob Creek. The Lincolns moved to this farm in 1811, when Abe Lincoln was just a toddler. He wrote later in life that his earliest recollections were of the Knob Creek home. His brother, Thomas, who died in infancy, was buried on the property. Lincoln also received his only formal chooling during the time the family resided at Knob Creek.


African Cemetery No. 2
419 East 7th Street, (Between Shropshire Ave. & Chestnut Street) Lexington, KY
(859) 258-3132  and
African Cemetery No. 2 is approximately 8 acres and contains over 5,000 graves. Only 1,200 are identified, with graves dating back prior to 1820. The land was purchased and chartered as a burial ground by The Colored Peoples Union Benevolent Society No. 2 in 1869. Former slaves, veterans of the Civil War, Spanish American War, World Wars I and II, as well as Buffalo Soldiers are buried here.

Ashland, The Henry Clay Estate
120 Sycamore Road, Lexington, Kentucky
(859) 266-8581
The magnificent 18- room mansion stands in the heart of one of Lexington's most beautiful residential districts. This National Historic Landmark houses the Henry Clay Memorial Foundation and Historic House Museum, boasting a rare collection comprised almost exclusively of original Clay family items. Several historic outbuildings, a formal garden and 17 acres of wooded parkland complete Ashland's graceful setting.

Kentucky Horse Park
4089 Iron Works Parkway, Lexington, KY
(859) 259-4200
The Horse Park's museum is rich in information about the early years of Thoroughbred racing. At the park's International Museum of the Horse is a permanent exhibit entitled "The Buffalo Soldiers of the Western Frontier." In July 1866 Congress created all- black military units that came to be known by the Cheyenne and Comanche Indians as "Buffalo Soldiers." The American Saddle Horse Museum and the Kentucky Horse Center are also located at the Kentucky Horse Park.

Martin Luther King Jr. Cultural Center
University of Kentucky
313 Blazer Hall, Lexington, KY
(859) 257-4130
The Cultural Center was established to contribute positively to the recruitment and retention of African-American students at the University of Kentucky. The center's programming has served as a vital resource of cultural, educational, and social activities reflective of the diversity at the university. The center offers lectures, concerts, workshops, seminars, exhibits, and theatrical performances for the region.

Mary Todd Lincoln House
578 West Main Street, Lexington, KY
(859) 233-9999
In 1977, the girlhood home of Mary Todd Lincoln opened to the public and became the first house museum in America to honor a First Lady. Standing gracefully on West Main Street, this two story, late Georgian structure was the home of the Todd's from 1832 until 1849. Today, the 14-room house contains period furniture, family portraits and furnishings from the Todds as well as the Lincolns.

Hunt Morgan House & Civil War Museum
201 N. Mill St., Lexington, KY
(859) 233-3290
Located in the Old State Arsenal, the museums display includes impressive collections of firearms, edged weapons, artillery, uniforms, flags and personal equipment.

New Zion
Contact: Lexington Convention and Visitors Bureau, 250 W. Main St. Street, Lexington, KY
(859) 233-1221
Take a stroll through this historic neighborhood that traces its origins to 1868. Former slaves Calvin Hamilton and Primus Keene purchased 23 acres and sold plots to other freed men, forming the African-American community of Briar Hill. Later named New Zion, its name is a Biblical reference to the sanctuary founded here by former slaves. Buried in the cemetery are enslaved African-Americans, three Buffalo soldiers and former residents .

Pleasant Green Missionary Baptist Church
540 W. Maxwell Street, Lexington, KY
(859) 254-7387
This historic congregation traces its history to 1790. That was the year when a slave from Virginia, the Rev. Peter "Old Captain" Duerett (1733-1823), founded a congregation known as the African Baptist Church. The church he founded numbered over 300 members at the time of his death. The present church building was completed around 1930.

Red Mile Harness Track
1200 Red Mile Road, Lexington, KY
(859) 255-0752
The oldest (1875) harness track in Kentucky. Site of the Kentucky Futurity, final jewel of trotting triple crown.

Robert H. Williams Cultural Center
644 Georgetown St, Lexington, KY
(859) 255-5066
This private, non-profit Center was originally the “Colored Orphan Industrial Home” funded and operated by African-American women in 1892, who were one generation out of slavery. Eventually, older African-American women were admitted as residents in addition to the orphans. It now serves as a community arts center and has been continually owned and operated by African-Americans.

Waveland State Historic Site
225 Waveland Museum Lane, Lexington, KY
(859) 272-3611
Waveland, built by Joseph Bryan, a great-nephew of Daniel Boone, is an antebellum mansion which interprets the lives of the Bryans and the enslaved African- Americans who lived and labored there. A two-story brick building served as the slave quarters, workrooms and a farm kitchen that is included in the tour.


Brown Memorial Christian Methodist Episcopal Church
809 West Chestnut, Louisville, KY
(502) 589-1030
This impressive building was built in 1863- 64, in the midst of the Civil War, for a white congregation. In 1907, a black congregation originally called the Center Street Christian Methodist Episcopal Church acquired the property. This religious body was renamed in 1954 to honor a clergyman, the Rev. Dr. L.H. Brown. The Church was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in July 1979.

Churchill Downs
700 Central Avenue, Louisville, KY
(502) 636-4400
Churchill Downs is home to one of the most famous sites in horse racing history. Since its founding in 1874, they have hosted the nation's top thoroughbreds in competition for some of the sport's largest purses. On the first Saturday in May, the spotlight shines on Churchill Downs for the Kentucky Derby, known as the "Greatest Two Minutes in Sports."

Farmington Historic Home
3033 Bardstown Road, Louisville KY
(502) 452-9920
Farmington is a 14-room Federal-style home that was the center of the 19th century hemp plantation of John and Lucy Speed. Built in 1810 by slave artisans, the design is attributed to Virginia’s Thomas Jefferson. Slave life at Farmington, including recognition of contributions of enslaved men and women, is interpreted in several ways, including a ermanent exhibit. A summer kitchen, pringhouse, stone barn and a recreated, early 19th century garden are located on the 18-acre grounds. Abraham Lincoln, a close friend of Speed's son Joshua, spent about three weeks at Farmington in 1841.

Fourth Street Live!
420 West Liberty Street, Louisville, KY
(502) 584-7170
Fourth Street Live! is Louisville's premier entertainment and retail district located on Fourth Street, between Liberty and Muhammad Ali Boulevard, in the heart of historic downtown Louisville. Fourth Street Live! is a short walk from downtown hotels, Waterfront Park, Main Street and Slugger Field.

Green Street Baptist Church
519 East Gray Street, Louisville, KY
(502) 582-3922
This historic Baptist congregation was founded in 1844 by George Wells, born in neighboring Shelby County in 1788. The congregation has long since been active in Civil Rights. Dr. Jesse Bottoms, who served as pastor, was the first African-American to graduate from Louisville's Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. This was the scene of the August 1967 rally led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., to promote voter registration.

Kentucky Center for African American Heritage
1701 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd. , Louisville, KY
(502) 583-4100
KCAAH endeavors to enhance the public’s knowledge about the history, heritage and cultural contributions of African-Americans in Kentucky.  In addition to its commitment to preserving the traditions and accomplishments of the past, the center is a vital, contemporary institution, providing space for performances of all types. 

Kentucky Derby Museum
704 Central Avenue, Louisville, KY
(502) 637-1111
This state-of-the-art facility is often the home of African-American exhibits, displaying the significant role they played in the growth of Kentucky's horse racing industry.

Knights of Pythias Temple
930 West Chestnut Street, Louisville, KY
(502) 587-7405
Built in 1914 as the state headquarters for the African-American Knights of Pythias Lodge in Kentucky, this grand building has long been associated with the development of the Black community in Louisville. When completed, it contained a drug store, movie theater, restaurant, offices, meeting spaces and hotel rooms. After World War II, a portion of the building housed the Davis Trade School for African-Americans. Sold to the YMCA in 1953, the building continues to play a significant role in Louisville's black community.

Louisville Free Public Library, Western Colored Branch
604 South Tenth Street, Louisville, KY
(502) 574-1779
This historic library was established in 1905 as the first free public library in America exclusively for African-Americans. Andrew Carnegie, who set up a national funding program for building libraries, financed it. Much credit for its success is attributed to Thomas Blue, the library's first director. He introduced the professional field of library science to trainees from around the country. In addition, the library has served as a community center promoting cultural awareness and as a forum for the exchange of ideas.

Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory
800 West Main Street, Louisville, KY
(677) 725-8443
Features the history of the Louisville Slugger baseball bats and general baseball history.

Muhammad Ali Center
144 North Sixth Street, Louisville, KY
(502) 584-9254
The Muhammad Ali Center is the newest jewel overlooking the banks of the mighty Ohio River. Located in downtown Louisville, the Center is an international cultural and educational facility that chronicles the life of Muhammad Ali through exhibits based on characteristics of confidence, conviction, respect, dedication, giving and spirituality.

Simmons College of Kentucky
1018 S. 7th St., Louisville, KY
(502) 776=1443
Simmons College is an HBCU.
Proposed by the General Association of Colored Baptists in Kentucky and chartered through legislation in 1873, the school was first named Kentucky Normal and Theological Institute. It became Simmons University in 1919. Near downtown Louisville are two major buildings surviving from Municipal College Simmons University. Both buildings are believed to have been designed by Louisville's prolific African-American architect Samuel Plato and are now Simmons Bible College.

Speed Art Museum*
2035 S Third Street, Louisville, KY
(502) 634-2700
Established in 1927, the Speed Art Museum is Kentucky’s oldest and largest art museum. Its extensive collection spans 6,000 years, ranging from ancient Egyptian to contemporary art. The museum has distinguished collections of 17th century Dutch and Flemish painting, 18th century French art, Renaissance and Baroque tapestries, and significant holdings of ontemporary American painting and sculpture. African and Native American works also represent a growing segment of the museum's collection.
 *Closed through 2016 for expansion.

The Kentucky Center
501 West Main Street, Louisville, KY
(502) 584-7777
The Kentucky Center is the largest performing arts center in the state of Kentucky. The Center includes a broad range of presentations of interest to multicultural audiences.

University of Louisville Belknap Campus
College of Arts & Sciences Gardiner Hall, 2nd Floor University of Louisville, Louisville, KY
(502) 852-6490
This institution contains remnants of the campus plans representing not only the present university, but also two earlier institutions established in 1860: the Louisville House of Refuge, and its later transformation as the Louisville Industrial School of Reform. During the Civil War, the institution was used by the Union troops as barracks and parade grounds.

Zion Baptist Church
2200 West Muhammad Ali Blvd, Louisville, KY
(502) 775-6404
In 1878, eighteen African-Americans organized this congregation. The first church located on Center Street was founded in 1882, and the present building was bought in 1927. Notable pastors have been W.H. Craighead, D.E. King and A.D.


Kentucky Gateway Museum Center
215 Sutton Street, Maysville, KY
(606) 564-5865
The Museum Center is the repository for written documents, books, photos and artifacts related to the slavery experience and the Underground Railroad. The bookstore offers material that relates to the Underground Railroad experience.

National Underground Railroad Museum
38 West 4th Street, Maysville, KY
(606) 564-3200
This museum symbolizes a local effort to preserve and display artifacts chronicling life on the Underground Railroad. Between bondage and freedom were hope and struggle. Notably, the Maysville area is surrounded by Underground Railroad stations. Crossing the Ohio River was a preeminent step in escaping bondage.

Old Washington Historic District
Maysville, KY (606) 759-7411
Several places within this historic village offer significant glimpses into African-American heritage: The Methodist Episcopal Church, on Main Street, was within a faction denomination that split over the issue of slavery before the Civil War. Two sets of entrances are found here. Slaves could accompany their owners to the Washington church, but they were made to occupy an interior balcony, which was only accessible by ladder. During the services ladders were removed to prevent their escape.

Paxton-Evans House
2030 Old MainStreet , Maysville, KY
(606) 759-7411
The Paxton Inn was built in 1810 for travelers by George Paxton, a Cincinnati attorney. Sympathetic to fugitive slaves, Paxton employed a secret interior staircase as a place to hide them until they could safely continue their journey to freedom.

Underground Railroad Driving Tour
216 Bridge Street, Maysville, KY
(606) 564-9419
Retrace the footsteps of countless, fleeing enslaved Africans as you travel the countryside of Mason County, one of Kentucky’s most notable historic routes to freedom along the path that became known as the Underground Railroad. Follow the path taken by the “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” character “Eliza” and her baby “George” to the Dover Landing, then crossing the Ohio River on ice floes to a beacon of light known as the Rankin House.

Harriet Beecher Stowe Slavery To Freedom Museum
2124 Old Main Street, Maysville, KY
(606) 759-4860
The Marshall Key House, c. 1807, is a brick Georgian townhouse and one of the finest historic structures in Washington. The museum has the original woodworking, mantels, doors, floors and chair railings. In 1833, Miss Beecher, at the age of 22, was visiting her pupil, Miss Key, in the Marshall Key home. To entertain her, Mr. Key took her to the courthouse lawn to see slaves being sold on the block. She was much distressed and this vivid scene so impressed Harriet Beecher that she never forgot it, and years later she wrote "Uncle Tom's Cabin."


Camp Nelson Civil War Heritage Park
6614 Danville Road, Nicholasville, KY
(859) 881-5716
During the Civil War, the Union Army turned the quiet countryside of southern Jessamine County into an expansive military operation involving 300 buildings and fortifications on 4,000 acres. As the third largest recruiting and training depot for African-Americans in the nation, 10,000 African-American men passed through Camp Nelson. The White House, c. 1850, was used as the officers' quarters by Union troops and now serves as an interpretive center. Camp Nelson National Cemetery is adjacent to the site.

Camp Nelson Cemetery
6980 Danville Road, Nicholasville, KY
(859) 855-5727
This cemetery was begun in 1865 with over 2,200 Civil War soldiers buried at the site. Interments are still taking place. The cemetery adjoins the Camp Nelson Civil War Heritage Park.


Hopewell Museum
800 Pleasant St., Paris, KY
(859) 987-7274
Since it’s opening in 1995, the Hopewell Museum has offered changing exhibits on the art and history of Bourbon County and Central Kentucky. Built in 1909 as the U.S. Post Office for Paris, Kentucky, the and some building, designed by architect James Knox Taylor, is an outstanding representation of the Beaux Arts style. The museum features a permanent exhibit on Garrett Morgan, a famous African-American inventor.

Paris-Bourbon County Library
701 High Street, Paris, KY
(859) 987-4419
This facility features permanent exhibits on African- American jockeys and trainers, several with Bourbon County connections. Among the jockeys included in the display are: James "Soup" Perkins, Alonzo Clayton, William Walker, "Babe" Hurd, George Garrett Lewis, Erskine Henderson, Isaac Murphy, Willie Simms, Oliver Lewis and James Winkfield.

Western School Site
Corner of 7th. St. and Western Way
Paris, KY
Thousands of Bourbon County African-American children were educated here between the late 1880s and 1967. The site is marked with a stone marker. The famed African-American orator Roscoe Conkling Simmons, nephew of Booker T. Washington, delivered the 1917 Western High School graduation address and returned to speak at the 1922 Western graduation ceremonies held at the Paris Opera House. One of the most well-known of the early principals of Western is F. M. Wood. In 1923, Professor Wood was named president of Kentucky State University in Frankfort.


Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site
1825 Battlefield Road, Perryville KY
(859) 332-8631 or (859) 332-1862
Perryville Battlefield is the site of one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War. A Confederate campaign to "free" Kentucky was launched in 1862. The Battle of Perryville was the most important Civil War engagement fought in Kentucky. Sleettown, near Perryville, was a self-sufficient community of freed slaves, and represents a fascinating dynamic in Southern history.


White Hall State Historic Site
500 White Hall Shrine Road, Richmond, KY
(859) 623-9178
This imposing forty-four-room Italianate mansion was the home of emancipationist and diplomat Cassius Marcellus Clay (1810-1903). Features slave quarters, picnic area, cook buildings and a gift shop.

Fort Boonesboro State Park
4375 Boonesborough Rd, Richmond, KY
Learn about Daniel Boone and early settlers of the second oldest Kentucky settlement. Artisans and re-enactors offer various nterpretive exhibits providing a glimpse into the past. African-Americans related to Fort Boonesborough’s history include Richard Hines, a free African-American. An enslaved man, Monk Estill, who helped prevent the destruction of Estill's Station near Irvine, Kentucky and retrieved the body of Captain James Estill, was manumitted by Captain Estill’s oldest son and became a resident at Fort Boonesboro. He was the father of the first African-American child born in Kentucky.


Woodford County Historical Society Museum
121 Rose Hill, Versailles, KY
(859) 873-6786
A genealogy museum is housed in the circa 1819 Big Spring Baptist Church, where the upstairs served as a balcony-type space for enslaved African-Americans attending services.


Civil War Fort At Boonesboro
Just off HWY 627, Winchester, KY
Contact: Winchester/Clark County Tourism Commission
(859) 744-0556 or 1-800-298-9105
Constructed in 1863 by African-American soldiers, the Civil War Fort at Boonesboro was designed to protect the fort and ferry at Boonesboro from Confederate invasions.

Lower Howard’s Creek Nature & Heritage Preserve
Just off HWY 627Winchester. KY
(859) 744-4888
Lower Howard's Creek Nature and Heritage Preserve was created in 2000 and consists of nearly 300 acres of land immediately upstream from the confluence of the creek and the Kentucky River. The history of the area includes Native American and early European settlements as well as the heritage of rural African-American settlements and communities established from the end of the Civil War through the middle 20th century. Lower Howard’s Creek was a major industrial area of the West, including mills, factories and related businesses and served as a transportation hub during the late 18th and early 19th centuries. The John Martin House dates back to the late 1700’s. The Preserve is open to the public only through scheduled guided tours.