Kentucky Monuments

Kentucky Monuments
With its rolling hills, horse farms and bucolic small towns, Kentucky is a beautiful place for people to spend their vacations looking for the state's popular monuments. These memorials tell the history of some of the state's most famous residents and events as travelers can see things such as Abraham Lincoln's birthplace, Civil War sites and steamships.

Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Site

There was great debate (and some fraud) for decades about the true birthplace of America's 16th president, but in 1910 the federal government declared that Hodgenville was the official birthplace. This is the first memorial built in honor of Abraham Lincoln and visitors can enjoy a formal landscape that protects the birth site, the Sinking Spring that was the family's water source and namesake of the farm. There also is a visitor center that includes an information desk, exhibits and a 15-minute video on Lincoln's life in Kentucky.

Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Site
2995 Lincoln Farm Road
Hodgenville, KY 42748

Belle of Louisville

Located in Louisville's downtown Waterfront Park, the Steamer Belle of Louisville is a National Historic Landmark. Built in 1914 and first dubbed the Idlewild, the Belle is a floating monument and landmark. The park also includes the Spirit of Jefferson. Both allow visitors to enjoy cruises of the river, a restaurant and parties while docked.

Belle of Louisville
401 W. River Road
Louisville, KY 40202

Civil War Monuments

Despite being a "border state" and neutral in the Civil War, Kentucky played a major part in the war as at least 11 battles were fought on its soil. There are numerous monuments in the state that commemorate various heroes, leaders, troops and battles. One of the largest monuments is located at Perryville, which was one of the first major victories for the Union in 1862. Famed generals include Ulysses S. Grant and Nathan Bedford Forrest. Many of the battlefields have special reenactments during the year.

Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site
1825 Battlefield Road
Perryville, KY 40468-0296

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