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Allen County Historical Society and Historical Museum
Focused on the history of Allen County, the
museum features historical artifacts and items related to
local history. A genealogical research room is also
located at the historical society located at 301 N. Fourth
Street in Scottsville, KY.
were built by Native Americans ca 1100 to 1350. First
excavated by an amateur archaeologist, Colonel Fain W. King in
1932, he opened the site as a tourist attraction called
"Ancient Buried City". Today, the site offers a Visitor
Center which introduces the visitor to the Wickliffe Mounds.
There are 3 excavated mounds, the Ceremonial mound and
displays of Indian artifacts with information about
Mississippian burial practices. Located at 94 Green
Street in Wickliffe, KY.
Historic Diamond Caverns [History]
1859 and renowned for it's sparkling formations which gave
the caverns their name, the caves are located next to the
Mammoth Cave National Park.
South Central Kentucky Cultural Center
Devoted to the
history of the geographic area known as the "Barrens" which
includes Metcalf, Allen, Hart, Monroe and Barren County.
The museum is housed inside an old Kentucky Pants Factory in
downtown Glasgow at 200 West Water Street.
Highlands Museum and Discovery Center
Visitors to the museum will discover the history
and heritage of early pioneers to Ashland, Kentucky.
Located at 1620 Winchester Avenue in Ashland, KY.
Constitution Square State Historic Site
The site was Kentucky's first seat of government
and the location where the Kentucky constitution was formed,
separating KY from VA to become it's own state. The park
has several historical buildings and homes, including Grayson's
Tavern, Fisher's Row, the Watts - Bell House, and Alban
Goldsmith House, while the courthouse, jail and meeting house
are all replicas of the originals. Location is at 134
South Second Street in Danville, KY.
Great American Dollhouse Museum
This new museum is now open. It is
housed inside a 1939 historical WPA building. The museum
extensive exhibitions of antique, vintage and artisan miniatures
and dollhouses. Features a timeline of US social history in
miniature and a 1910 village in 1:12 scale. For more
information, call (859} 583-8000. Located at 307 N. 6th
Street in Danville, KY 40422
House, Apothecary & Gardens
The 18th century house was home to Dr. Ephraim
McDowell, the famed physician who performed the first successful
abdominal surgery. Located at 125 S. Second Street in
Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site
of the Battle of Perryville] [History
of Perryville] [Merchants
of the most vicious Civil War battle in the state of Kentucky.
The park museum tells the story of the October 8th, 1862 battle
which left over 6000 dead, wounded and missing. There are
many monuments from several states, which honor their dead on
the Perryville Battlefield along with both Confederate and Union
Butler - Turpin Historic House
Historic home built in 1859, was home to Thomas
Butler, aide-de-camp to General Andrew Jackson in the War of
1812. Guides dressed in period clothing will take you on
tour of the house and grounds which include the Butler Family
Cemetery and an archaeology site of the Butler Log House.
Located at 1608 Highway 227 in Carrolton, KY.
Jefferson Davis State Historic Site
A 351 foot monument
dedicated to the site of Jefferson Davis' birthplace. The
visitor's center offers exhibits related to the life of
Jefferson Davis along with souvenirs and Civil War memorabilia.
Located at Highway 68 E in Fairview, Kentucky.
Ashland - Henry Clay Estate
The Henry Clay Estate
Henry Clay] [History
of the Mansion] [Tour
Built in 1856 on
the site of the original home of Henry Clay (statesman and
politician), the Italianate style mansion was erected by his
son, James Clay. The original Ashland was a bluegrass farm
of over 600 acres but today the home is situated on 17 lovely
acres and contains a formal garden with outbuildings.
Location is 120 Sycamore Road in Lexington, KY.
location of a pioneer station established in 1779 by Daniel
Boone near Athens, KY. Some members of Daniel Boone's
family are buried at the site. There is not an established
museum at this site.
Kentucky Life Museum / Waveland - A Living History House
Built in 1845 by
Joseph Bryan, nephew to Daniel Boone. The home is Greek
Revival and considered to be one of the best examples of the
architecture in the state of Kentucky. Outbuildings
located on the grounds include a blacksmith shop, carpenter's
shop, log house, ice house, country store and more. The
museum is focused on the history of the Bryan family and life on
the 19th century KY plantation. 225 Waveland Museum Lane,
Lexington History Museum
The main focus of
the Lexington History Museum is the discovery and interpretation
of the history of Lexington, KY and the Bluegrass Region.
The museum is housed inside the historical former Fayette County
Courthouse located at 215 W. Main Street in Lexington, KY.
Middle Creek National Battlefield
Known as the decisive Civil War battle for
Eastern Kentucky, the battle took place on January 10th, 1862.
Today, you will find an information station which includes
historical depictions of the battlefield and there are two loop
trails, one for each the Confederate and the Union forces.
The trails include interpretive signs. Also visit
Graveyard Point, the former site of Garfield Place, May House
and the May House Grist Mill. Located near Prestonburg,
Samuel May House
John May Ancestors and Descendants
This fine old house is being
restored. Once home to Samuel May, it is known as "The
Oldest House in the Valley". The goal is to make this
old home a living history museum. Located in
Kentucky Military History Museum
The museum is
housed in the Old State Arsenal which was built in 1850 to hold
the weapons and equipment of the Kentucky Militia. Still
standing silent guard on a cliff overlooking the Kentucky River,
the museum houses an impressive collection of military
memorabilia. Located on East Main Street at Capital Avenue
in Frankfort, KY.
Hall and the Orlando Brown House
of the Gardens]
grounds which lead down to the Kentucky River and fraught with
lovely gardens, two historic landmarks stand tall as a reminder
of the past. Liberty Hall was built in 1796 by State
Senator John Brown and the Orlando Brown House was built in
1835, a home to Senator Brown's second son. Visitors will learn
about the life and times of Senator John Brown and his
descendants, along with the social, domestic and horticultural
aspects of pioneer life in Kentucky. Located on the
banks of the Kentucky River in historic downtown Frankfort, KY.
Old State Capitol and Historical Museum
The Old State
Capitol is housed in an 1830 Greek Revival structure which looks
today much the same as it did in during the 1850s. Guided
tours of this historic building are offered. Inside you
will find photographs, maps and artifacts recovered during
archaeological digs. Located at 300 West Broadway in
Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History
The Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History
holds a wealth of Kentuckian historical information which has
been preserved for future generations. This museum offers
a research library in addition to the Kentucky history exhibits.
offered by the Kentucky Historical Society. Located at 100
W. Broadway Avenue in Frankfort, KY.
Hardin County History Museum
Located in Elizabethtown, Kentucky, this history
museum is devoted to preserving and displaying the history of
George S. Patton Jr. Museum of Cavalry and Armor
The Patton Museum is administered by the U.S. Army
Armor Center and Fort Knox, KY. It is dedicated to
preserving and displaying historical material related to Cavalry
and Armor. The galleries include
armored vehicles, weapons, art and other memorabilia along
with the Patton Gallery which includes many personal items used
by General Patton in his lifetime. Located in Keyes Park
(home to more historical armored vehicles and equipment) near
the main entrance to Fort Knox.
of Cynthiana History]
Discover the history of Cynthiana, Harrison
County, KY through exhibits of early artifacts from the
Cynthiana area. 112 South Walnut Street, Cynthiana, KY.
Battle for the Bridge Historic Preserve
Preserving and restoring this historic Civil War
site is the focus. The first trail has only been opened to
visitors but restoration is still under way on the
Anthony Woodson House and other areas of the preserve.
Fort Craig and the
Robert Smith monument are on private land but can be viewed
from the trail. Located in Munfordville, KY.
Hart County Historical Museum
Housed inside the
Chapline Building, the museum offers a large collection of
historic artifacts, photographs and documents relating to the
history of Hart County, Kentucky. Located on U.S. Highway
31W (Main Street) in Munfordville, KY.
Hidden River Cave [Horse
Tour the mammoth caves. People have been
doing so since the mid 1800s when the town of Horse Cave, KY
became a popular tourist destination. While visiting
the caves, be sure to see the American Cave Museum where you
will get an in-depth look at the history and science of caves.
Learn about historical caving and modern cave exploration
through fascinating exhibits. Located at 119 E. Main Street
in Horse Cave, KY
Woodson House and Farm [Photo]
Originally the home
of the Anthony L. Woodson family, The home was
involved in the Civil War - Battle for the Bridge. and today
serves as the Visitor Center and Museum for that history
project. Located across the Green River in Munfordville,
Locust Grove Mansion
Farmington Historic Home [History]
Experience life on a Kentucky hemp plantation.
The Federal-style home was built in 1816 for John and Lucy
Speed. the home has been restored and contains period
furnishings. On the grounds, visitors will find a barn,
the cook's quarters and kitchen, blacksmith shop, and a 19th
century garden. Located at 3033 Bardstown Road in
The Filson Historical Museum
features historical artifacts from the pioneer, Civil War,
antebellum and postbellum periods of Kentucky's history.
Operated by the Filson Historical Society, the museum is located
at 1310 S. Third Street in Louisville, KY.
Frazier International History Museum
artifacts of heroes, generals and famous leaders of America and
the world. The exhibits include a large collection of
armaments and British Royal Armouries along with American
historical artifacts and exploration of American history from
early settlement through 1900. Located at 829 West
Main Street in Louisville, KY.
Jeffersontown Historical Museum
features an exhibit of presidential memorabilia along with
artifacts from the early times of Jerfersontown, Located at
10635 Watterson Trail in Jeffersontown, KY.
Locust Grove Historic Site
The 1790 Georgian
mansion has been restored to it's original splendor. Owned
by William and Lucy Clark Croghan, an Irish immigrant who came
to Kentucky with George Rogers Clark (of Lewis and Clarke,
Louisiana Territory explorers). Known visitors to the
residence include President James Monroe, and Andrew Jackson.
The fine home was inhabited by various families until 1961 when
it as purchased by Jefferson County and restored as a historic
landmark and museum.
Camp Nelson Civil War Heritage Park [Historic Photo Tour]
Van Lear Coal Miner's Museum
Housed inside the former Consolidation Coal
Company building, the museum features historical artifacts,
memorabilia and other items related to the history of the coal
mining town of Van Lear and the surrounding area. Located
at 78 Miller's Creek Road in Van Lear, KY.
James A. Ramage Civil War Museum
The primary focus of the James A. Ramage Civil
War Museum is on the role of Northern Kentucky in the Civil War.
Through archaeology, education and research, the museum informs
visitors about the Civil War in Northern Kentucky and the
history of Fort Wright, Kentucky and surrounding areas.
Located at 1402 Highland Avenue in Fort Wright, KY.
Dr. Thomas Walker State Historic Site
Thomas Walker's Journal 1750]
Thomas Walker was actually the first frontiersman in
Kentucky, arriving in 1750 and built the first cabin. A
replica of this cabin stands on the historic site. Located
at 4929 KY 159 in Barboursville, KY.
Historical Museum [Daniel
Admission is free.
Located at 196 Daniel Boone, Drive in Barbourville, KY.
Laurel County History Museum and Genealogy Center
County History] [Historical
This museum is under construction and expects to open in the
summer of 2009. The museum will be devoted to all aspects
of the history of Laurel County and will include history about
Swiss descendants, Civil War history in Laurel County, the
Wilderness Road, Skaggs Trace, Boones Trace, African American
history, Native American history and more. Located on Fall
Street in London, KY.
Levi Jackson Wilderness Road State Park & Mountain Life Museum
The Mountain Life
Museum offers visitors an early settlement created from
historical buildings which were moved to the site along with
replicas of original buildings. The buildings, including
McHargue's Mill, are full of pioneer relics and will give
visitors insight into the life of the mountain pioneers of early
Kentucky. Inside the park is the site of McNitt's Defeat,
Kentucky's worst Indian massacre, occurring in 1786 and you will
observe the Defeated Camp Pioneer Burial Ground. Located
at 998 Levi Jackson Mill Road in London, KY.
William Whitley Historic House
The first brick home
built in KY, included the first circular racetrack known as
Sportsman's Hill. The home, built in 1794, features a
secret chamber for hiding during Indian attacks and was known as
a gathering place for famous visitors; George Rogers Clark and
Daniel Boone. Address is 325 William Whitley Rd. in
Cassius Marcellus Clay
Lived at White Hall.
Blue Grass Railroad Museum
Fort Boonesborough State Park
A reconstructed and
working fort, built complete with cabins, blockhouses and
furnishings on the site of the original Fort Boonesborough which
was established in 1775 by Daniel Boone and his men. The
new Kentucky River Museum offers visitors more insight into
lives of the families who lived on the river. Located at
4375 Boonesborough Road in Richmond, KY.
White Hall State Historic Site
The 1799 Italianate mansion has 44
rooms. Home to Cassius Marcellus Clay, who was a friend to
Abraham Lincoln, an emancipationist, newspaper publisher and
Minister to Russia. His daughter Laura Clay was the first
woman to be nominated to the United States presidency by a major
political party. White Hall can be toured with costumed
guides. Located at 500 White Hall Shrine
Road, Richmond, KY.
The history, genealogy, culture and heritage of Maysville, are
all featured in the Kentucky Gateway Museum Center. The
museum features dioramas, historical artifacts, a gallery of art
related to Kentucky and Maysville, a research library and the
Kathleen Savage Browning Miniatures Collection. Located at
215 Sutton Street in Maysville, KY.
Old Mulkey Meeting House Historic Site
Built in 1840 and
known as "The Mulkey Church", the structure is known as the
oldest log meetinghouse in Kentucky. There are many
Revolutionary War soldiers and pioneers buried at the site,
including Hannah, sister to Daniel Boone. Located at 38
Old Mulkey Park Road in Tompkinsville, KY.
My Old Kentucky Home
J.C. Barnett Library and Archives
Housed inside an 1840s Kentucky Four Square
house, the building serves as the headquarters for the
Oldham County Historical Society and houses a large
collection of historical documents, genealogical records, photos
and other materials related to historical research in their
library. Located at 106 North Second Avenue in La Grange,
Peyton Samuel Head Family Museum
Housed inside the restored Victorian home of
Peyton Samuel Head, a prominent citizen of LaGrange, the museum
is focused on the history of Oldham County with exhibits of art
and natural history as well. Located on the corner of 2nd
Avenue and Jefferson Street in La Grange, KY.
Owen County Historical Society & Museum
Focus of the museum is on the local history of
Owen County and Owenton, KY. Located at 206 N. Main Street
in Owenton, KY.
Mother Goose House
Although not a museum, the house is a well known
landmark in Hazard, KY and is a remarkable structure.
Built in 1940 with a goose on the roof and complete with 8 egg
shaped windows, it is definitely worth a gander. Located
at 2880 N. Main Street in Hazard, Kentucky.
Octagon Hall Museum
Known as the plantation that escaped the Civil
War, Octagon Hall is a most unusually shaped historic house owned by Andrew and
Harriet Caldwell. Construction was begun in 1843 and
completed in 1859. The home was occupied by the Caldwell
family until 1918. Today visitors can take a step back
in time as they tour the Plantation grounds and Octagon
Hall. This home is presently being investigated by
Ghost Hunters for paranormal activity. Events such
as weddings are often held on the plantation grounds.
Located at 6040 Bowling Green Road in Franklin, KY.
Simpson County Archives and Historical Museum
Housed inside the old jail building, the
Simpson County Museum and archives is operated by the
Simpson County Historical Society. The museum is home
to historical artifacts and memorabilia related to the
history of Simpson County. The archives is the
repository for old court documents, tax records, vital
records, extensive genealogical materials and historical
photographs. Located at 206 N. College Street in
RailPark and Train Museum
The Historic RailPark and Train Museums is housed
inside the historic L&N Depot. Built in 1925, the L&N
Depot operated as a passenger and freight train station until
1979. Today, visitors to the museum, will find themselves transported to the
golden era of railroad passenger train service. Tour
Guides lead you through a Railway Post Office Car, Dining Car,
Sleeper Car and Office Car along with the chance to see inside a
diesel locomotive, a Caboose car, a Segregation rail car and a
rare WWII Unit Hospital car. Browse the rail and train
exhibits inside the museum at your leisure and stop by the gift
shop. Located at 401 Kentucky Street in Bowling Green, KY.
The Kentucky Museum [Exhibits]
Focused on the
collection, preservation and exhibition of Kentucky artifacts,
the museum features hands-on activities for students, teacher
workshops and groups tours. The museum holds an
outstanding quilt and textile collection, extensive
archeological and ethnic holdings along with fine and decorative
arts. Located on the campus of
Western Kentucky University in the Kentucky Building at 1 Big
Red Way in Bowling Green, KY.
William Crenshaw Kennedy Jr. - Wayne County History Museum
County Historical & Genealogy Society Museum
Operated by the
Whitley County Historical & Genealogy Society, the museum is
located in the old L & N Depot in Williamsburg, KY, the museum
features 4 rooms devoted to the history of Whitley County as
well as 3 rooms devoted to the genealogy department where
visitors will find research materials and historical documents.
Located at 529 Main Street in Williamsburg, KY.
Jack Jouett House [Jack
Once the home to Jack Jouett (known as the
Paul Revere of the south), the rural home features a 1780s
frontier stone cabin which was used a kitchen by the prosperous
planter, his wife Sally Robards and their twelve children.
Complete with period furnishings, docent guided tours are
offered. Call for times of operation. (859)
Located at 255
Craig's Creek Road in Versailes, KY.
Pisgah Presbyterian Church
Settlers & Members of the Church]
Founded in 1784, this church is still active.
The first church building was made of logs and stood below the
current church site. The current church building was built
in 1812 of stacked stones and remodeled in 1868 to the current
poignantly beautiful Gothic appearance. Visitors are welcome to
attend the church services. Located at 710 Pisgah
Pike in Versailles, KY.
Woodford County Historical Museum
Operated by the
Woodford County Historical Society, the museum features exhibits
and items of relevant significance to the history of Woodford
County. Civil War artifacts, household and everyday items
from the past, relics from Versailles, and other exhibits of
interest are offered to visitors. The museum includes a
genealogy library. Both are free to the public.
Located at 121 Rose Hill in Versailles, KY.
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