Camp Nelson

The Memorial Day Observance at Camp Nelson National Cemetery will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, May 30. Ceremony features include: a rifle salute, invocation, presentation of colors, and music by the Doug Diggles Family and the West Jessamine High School Band. Heather French Henry and Andy Barr are scheduled to speak. The Cemetery is located in southern Jessamine County at 6980 Danville Road along US27. See Press Release.

Camp Nelson Education & Preservation Foundation Presents: THE PORTAL TO FREEDOM, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, September 9-11. A living history event depicting the conclusion of the Civil War at Camp Nelson. Featuring Artillery Demonstration, Period Wedding, Historic Presentations, Candlelight Tours, School of the Soldier for kids, and General Ulysses S. Grant. For more information call (859) 881-5716. See the flyer.

Register for the PORTAL TO FREEDOM September Event here.
You and your partner can wear your mid-19th century attire and become a participant in the Civil War Wedding here.

Show your support for Camp Nelson with an ad in the 2016 LIVING HISTORY EVENT PROGRAM
Contribute at the $25 Supporter Level or buy a full page ad! Click here to view and print the advertising participation form. This form prints best on 8-1/2 x 14 (Legal Size) paper, however, smaller paper is okay.

Camp Nelson celebrates National Historic Landmark Designation
A ceremony celebrating the new National Historic Landmark designation and a plaque unveiling was held at Camp Nelson Civil War Heritage Park on January 4. 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

September 9, 10 & 11, 2016. Please direct reenactor questions to Bob Bell at Reenactor Registration Form Download. Call (859) 881-5716.


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