If you’re looking for something fun and exciting to do this fall, how about heading out and touring the Civil War Battlefields in Kentucky? Kentucky played a pivotal role in the American Civil War. Not only was it the sight of the as the site of the decisive Battle of Richmond and the bloody Battle of Perryville, but it was also home to Camp Nelson, one of the largest African-American recruitment and training centers in the nation.
Aside from touring the Civil War Battlefields in Kentucky, there are other fascinating related museums in the state, including the Civil War Museum and the Women’s Museum of the Civil War on Museum Row in Bardstown. Combined, these two impressive museums are the largest and most complete museums dedicated to the Western Theater of the American Civil War.
There’s a lot for Civil War History enthusiasts – and history enthusiasts in general – to enjoy in Kentucky, and there’s no better place to call your home away from home than our Bed and Breakfast in Kentucky. We’re located in Springfield, Kentucky, around 30 minutes outside Bardstown and just 15 minutes from Perryville. We offer guests a quiet, country escape in our historic Federal-Style home, itself a remarkable piece of Kentucky history.
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Tour the Civil War Battlefields in Kentucky
Initially, Kentucky declared itself to be a neutral party in the American Civil War. It wasn’t long, though, before the state was pulled into the battle. Some of the most decisive battles in the war took place here. Touring these Civil War Battlefields in Kentucky is an excellent opportunity to learn more about the history of Kentucky’s involvement and its impact on the war.
One of the most significant Civil War Battlefields in Kentucky to visit was the location of the Battle of Perryville. The Perryville Battle State Historic Site is just around 20 minutes from our Bed and Breakfast in Kentucky. There, you can enjoy 19 miles of walking trails around the Battlefield and take a guided tour. They even offer ghost walks in October!
Of all the Civil War Battlefields in Kentucky, the one in Perrysville is considered the most destructive. The battle is regarded as the South’s last major attempt to capture the state, leaving more than 7,600 soldiers wounded, dead, or missing. A great museum at the Perryville site tells the story of this decisive battle.
After visiting the Perryville Battle Site, head to Camp Nelson National Monument, about 45 minutes from our Bed and Breakfast in Kentucky. Camp Nelson was established initially as a fortified supply depot in April 1863 for the US Army and later became a recruitment and training center for African American soldiers. It also served as a shelter for civilians fleeing war and enslaved people hoping to secure their freedom.
Aside from the Perryville Battle Site and Camp Nelson, several more Civil War Battlefields in Kentucky are worth visiting. They include:
- Middle Creek National Battlefield
- Tebbs Bend-Green River Bridge Battlefield
- Mill Springs Battlefield National Monument
Once you’ve visited these Civil War Battlefields in Kentucky, we highly recommend you spend some time on Museum Row in Bardstown at the Civil War Museum and the Women’s Museum of the Civil War.
Visit These Civil War Museums in Kentucky
Each of the Civil War Battlefields in Kentucky paints a portrait of the war and how destructive it was to friends and family members, some of whom fought on opposite sides of the American Civil War. Head to Bardstown’s Museum Row to learn more about Kentucky’s pivotal role in the war. There, you’ll find two spectacular Civil War Museums: The Civil War Museum of the Western Theatre and the Women’s Museum of the Civil War.
These Civil War Museums are nothing short of impressive. As mentioned, they are the largest and most complete Civil War Museums of the Western Theatre, featuring a broad array of artifacts and exhibits. These two Civil War Museums feature over 8,000 square feet of authentic period artifacts, vividly depicting the struggle between the Union and Confederate Troops during the American Civil War.
The Women’s Museum of the Civil War is a one-of-a-kind museum that chronicles the achievements of women during this period, including in things like science, medicine, writing, civil rights, suffrage, the arts, the military, and so much more. It’s truly an empowering museum to visit.
In addition to these two Civil War Museums, Bardstown’s Museum Row also features the General Hal Moore Military Museum. Exhibits here cover various periods, including conflicts from the American Revolution to the Middle East wars in the modern era. As you can see, this is a spectacular state for anyone interested in visiting the Civil War Battlefields in Kentucky and learning more about the Civil War and military history in general. Join us for an unforgettable look at history this fall. Book your room at our Bed and Breakfast in Kentucky today.