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BUTLER-TURPIN STATE HISTORIC HOUSE - Carrollton

The fine country home, built in 1859 in the Greek Revival style, is a place of remembrance to one of Kentucky’s foremost military families from Colonial times through the American Revolution, the War of 1812, the Mexican War and the Civil War. The living house museum embodies life at the confluence of the Kentucky and Ohio Rivers along with the military contributions of the Butler family. Commanding view of the Kentucky River Valley.  Open from March 1 to November 1.


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COLUMBUS-BELMONT STATE PARK - Columbus

Columbus-Belmont State Park is a 156-acre site that played a fascinating role in the War Between the States. The 1861 Battle of Belmont, a raid fought to test the strength of this Confederate stronghold, marked the opening of the Union's Western Campaign. It was also Union General Ulysses S. Grant's first active engagement in the Civil War.  Open daily May through September and weekends in April and October.


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FORT BOONESBOROUGH STATE PARK - Richmond

When Daniel Boone and his men reached the Kentucky River on April 1, 1775, they quickly moved to establish Kentucky's second settlement--the site still known as Fort Boonesborough. Reconstructed as a working fort complete with cabins, blockhouses and furnishings, resident artisans perform craft demonstrations and give modern-day visitors a true sense of what life was like for pioneers in Kentucky.  T he Kentucky River Museum, a newer addition to Fort Boonesborough State Park, provides visitors with insight into the lives of families who lived on the river and worked the locks and dams in the 1900s. Open April 1 through Oct. 31.


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JEFFERSON DAVIS STATE HISTORIC SITE - Pembroke

Jefferson Davis State Historic Site is a memorial to the famous Kentuckian born on this site on June 3, 1808. Ironically, just eight months later, and not more than 100 miles away, another great Kentucky statesman was born, Abraham Lincoln. The two men were destined to become Civil War adversaries: Union President, Abraham Lincoln, and Confederate President, Jefferson Davis. Although Davis is most well-known for his service as President of the Confederacy during the Civil War, he was actually a reluctant secessionist.


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JOHN JAMES AUDUBON STATE PARK - Henderson

John James Audubon State Park houses the world's largest collection of Audubon artifacts and offers exhibits on the artist's life. The museum interprets Audubon’s life through his art and personal memorabilia, framed within a timeline of world events. The Nature Center comprises three areas: a wildlife Observation Room; the Discovery Center with hands-on exhibits; and the Learning Center, where the park naturalist and art educator conduct environmental and art programs.  Open daily March - November (Wed. - Sun. December - February)


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LEVI JACKSON WILDERNESS ROAD STATE PARK - London

The Mountain Life Museum brings visitors into a pioneer settlement of seven buildings that were moved from other sites or built as replicas on the park and are filled with pioneer relics including tools, products of agriculture and household implements.  In 1786, the McNitt Party became the victims of a bloody Indian massacre in which at least 24 people were killed. Open April 1 through October 31.


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LINCOLN HOMESTEAD STATE PARK - Springfield

Lincoln Homestead State Park features the original and distinctive frontier home of Lincoln’s mother, with fine examples of pioneer furniture, as well as replicas of the 1782 cabin and blacksmith shop where his father was reared and learned his trade. You'll also find the home of Mordecai Lincoln, the favorite uncle of the President, along with split-rail fences and pioneer furniture that portray the rugged pioneer life.   Open May 1 - October 31.


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MY OLD KENTUCKY HOME STATE PARK - Bardstown

This Georgian-style mansion is as endearing to visitors as it was in 1852, the year Stephen Foster wrote what has become the official state song while visiting his cousins, the Rowan family. Step into the days of the antebellum South as costumed guides escort you through the stately Federal Hill Mansion and formal gardens. Open daily March 2 to November 30 (Wed. to Sun from Dec. 1 to March 1)


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OLD FORT HARROD STATE PARK - Harrodsburg

Old Fort Harrod State Park In 1774, James Harrod established the first permanent settlement west of the Alleghenies in what would become Central Kentucky. Preserving Kentucky's pioneer history, the fort has been reconstructed near the site of the original. Heavy timbers form stockade walls and enclose the cabins and blockhouses. Interpreters in period-correct clothing perform pioneer tasks such as woodworking, weaving, broom making, and blacksmithing and tend the farm animals and gardens. The Lincoln Marriage Temple shelters the original log cabin where Abraham Lincoln's parents were married in 1806, and the Mansion Museum houses Civil War artifacts, a gun display, Native American artifacts and a collection of Lincoln memorabilia.  Open 9am - 5pm April 1 to October 31. By appointment November to March.


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PERRYVILLE BATTLEFIELD STATE HISTORIC SITE Perryville

The Civil War comes to life in the Perryville Battlefield Museum. The park museum tells of the battle that was the South's last serious attempt to gain possession of Kentucky. Examine actual battle artifacts, a Civil War display, and a map with the layout of the battle.  Reenactment each October.  Open March - December.


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WAVELAND STATE HISTORIC SITE - Lexington

Waveland, a beautiful Greek Revival home built in 1847 by Joseph Bryan, a grandnephew of Daniel Boone, exemplifies plantation life in Kentucky in the 19th-century; from the acres of grain and hemp waving in the breeze (hence the Waveland name), to the raising and racing of blooded trotting horses. The outbuildings—the slave quarters, smokehouse, and icehouse—are important reminders of the social and economic climate of the time.  Museum open April 1 to Dec. 23, 2009.


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WHITE HALL STATE HISTORIC SITE - Richmond

The restored Italianate mansion was home to Cassius Marcellus Clay, emancipationist, newspaper publisher, Minister to Russia and friend to Abraham Lincoln. Built in 1798, it was originally a two-story Georgian brick structure called Clermont. The addition of White Hall doubled its size and added indoor plumbing and central heating.  Today you can tour White Hall and feel the aura it possessed in the 1860s, complete with period furnishings and pieces original to the Clay estate.


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WICKLIFFE MOUNDS STATE HISTORIC SITE - Wickliffe

Wickliffe Mounds is the archaeological site of a prehistoric Native American village of the Mississippian mound builders. Located on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi river, the village was occupied from about AD 1100 to 1350. Today, the Wickliffe Mounds museum exhibits the excavated features of the mounds, outstanding displays of Mississippian pottery, stone tools, bone and shell implements and the architecture of Mississippian mounds and houses.


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WILLIAM WHITLEY STATE HISTORIC SITE - Stanford

The William Whitley House, also known as Sportsman's Hill, stands today as a monument to pioneer ingenuity and resourcefulness. It was the first brick home and circular racetrack built west of the Alleghany Mountains, completed in 1794 by William Whitley and his wife Esther. Dubbed the "Guardian of Wilderness Road," the house was a gathering spot for early Kentuckians, including George Rogers Clark and Daniel Boone. Open Thurs - Saturday, May 1 through Dec. 23


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