Travelers have the opportunity to further enhance their knowledge of the Civil War, travel Kentucky’s byways and have fun by participating in the Kentucky Civil War Sites Association Passport Program. The 16 participating sites all tell a special story of their and the communities’ involvement in the Civil War. Some are battlefields; others are museums, historic homes and a supply depot/enlistment center. The sites include: Battle of Richmond, Camp Nelson Civil War Heritage Park, Civil War fort at Boonesboro, Leslie Morris Park at Fort Hill, Lexington Historic Homes, Mill Springs Battlefield, Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site, Munfordville Battlefields, Tebbs Bend Battlefield, Battle of Lebanon, James H. Ramage Civil War Museum, Fort Duffield Park and Historic Site, Hardin County History Museum, Battle of Barbourville, Bluegrass Heritage Museum and West Point, Ky., History Museum.
The Passport Program started June 15 and runs through Dec. 15. Passports are available at each of the 16 sites or can be downloaded from the association’s website, www.kycivilwarsites.org. Individuals have the option of getting the passport stamped at the location or providing a picture of the site. Once 10 locations have been visited, individuals can submit the completed passport to receive an official KCWSA certificate.
Recognizing the need to coordinate and promote all of Kentucky’s Civil War sites, the Kentucky Civil War Sites Association was established as a nonprofit corporation. The organization was formed for charitable and educational purposes to educate the public on Kentucky’s Civil War heritage and promote this heritage.
The organization’s goals are to partner with the more than 100 Civil Was sites in Kentucky along with local, regional and state organizations; and interested individuals and groups. Association chair Mary Kozak said, “The role of the association is to assist in the preservation of the sites and stories of the Civil War in Kentucky. This is an especially opportune time to be part of the Kentucky Civil War Sites Association due to the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War and the increased interest.”
For more information visit www.kycivilwarsites.org or call Kozak at 859-492-3115.