Camp Nelson

Lincoln Funeral Memorial, Saturday, April 22
A REENACTMENT OF THE FUNERAL CEREMONY marking the death of President Lincoln will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 22 at Camp Nelson Civil War Heritage Park.  The ceremony will be modeled after the 1865 memorial service held at Camp Nelson, and will include a reading of the original order and a 21-gun salute by the 12th United States Colored Heavy Artillery.  In addition, we are honored to have the Association of Lincoln Presenters in attendance for this event while in town for their Annual Conference.  Following the ceremony the park and museum will be open to the public. Fore more information call (859) 881-5716. See flyer.

Association of Lincoln Presenters 2017 Conference, April 20-23 in Lexington
A gathering of dozens of Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd Lincoln Presenters from all over the United States. The public is invited to join the Lincolns for a Kentucky Buffet on Saturday evening, April 22 at the Lexington Clarion Hotel. Enjoy period music and entertainment, a silent auction of Lincoln books and memorabilia, and have your photo taken with Abe and Mary. Please make your reservations by April 14. Adults $40, Children $20. To make your reservations call Susan Miller at (859) 885-7294 or email See flyer.

Camp Nelson celebrates National Historic Landmark Designation
Learn more about the National Historic Landmark designation and plaque unveiling at Camp Nelson Civil War Heritage Park. State Representative Andy Barr and National Park Service representative Bill Justice were on hand. Read the article.

Civil War Ancestor Toolbox
Explore your Civil War heritage with our
Civil War Ancestor Toolbox. TentMost of the questions that we receive at Camp Nelson are from those doing geneology projects, both for scholarly research and for personal satisfaction.


Camp Nelson's Portal To Freedom
USCTCamp Nelson provided the Union Army with
over 10,000 African-American soldiers, making it the third largest recruiting and training depot for African Americans in the nation. Many of the black soldiers brought their families with them to Camp Nelson and eventually the army established a refugee camp for these individuals. Thousands of African-Americans came to Camp Nelson and it was here that they gained their freedom. Read more.

Camp Life: Civil War Collections
View some of the unique artifacts related to Civil War Soldier Life, now on display at the Camp Nelson Heritage Park Interpretive Center. Here are some inside photos of the Interpretive Center.

Happy Trails:
Did you know that there are over five miles of trails to explore at Camp Nelson? The trails are an opportunity to view the beautiful central Kentucky landscape while learning about the significant role Camp Nelson played in the the Civil War. The trails are open nearly every day from dawn to dusk. Trail and visitor info.

Lincoln Bi
Heritage Lands Unbridled  



C-Span Video
When the C-SPAN School Bus visited Camp Nelson, they shot this excellent 9-minute video.


Civil War Days





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