Camp Nelson

Veterans Day Ceremony at Camp Nelson National Cemetery, November 11, 2017
Camp Nelson National Cemetery Veteran's Day Ceremony
November 11, 2017 at 11:00 a.m., music begins at 10:30 a.m.
Join us to honor our nation's heroes. Features include: speakers, patriotic music, cannon fire, and the West Jessamine High School Band. Special recognition of Vietnam era veterans. Golf cart shuttle to ceremony location. Please come early to avoid the traffic.

Ghost Hunts at Camp Nelson in October
Camp Nelson Civil War Heritage Park is hosting three public Ghost Hunts in the month of October. Stalk the trails with a certified ghost hunter at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, October 13 (Friday the 13th!), Friday, October 20 or Saturday, October 28, and learn a little history of the National Landmark known as Camp Nelson as you get up close and personal with the spirits.  Make reservations by calling Peggy at 859-881-5716 by Thursday prior to the date of the hunt. A portion of your $25 donation provides support for ongoing research at the site. Please dress appropriately for the weather and wear walking shoes. Flashlights and recording devices are permitted. Participants must check in at the Interpretative Center. Camp Nelson Civil War Heritage Park is located at 6614 Danville Road, Loop 2 in Nicholasville.

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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