Camp Nelson

Historical Marker Unveiling at Camp Nelson Civil War Park
Camp Nelson, in cooperation with the Kentucky Historical Society, will be unveiling and dedicating new Kentucky Historical Markers on Saturday, May 30th at 12:45 p.m. Read details on the Calendar listing for May 30.

Memorial Day Observance at Camp Nelson National Cemetery
Monday, May 25, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. Ceremony includes: Caisson/Cannon Salute, Music by West Jessamine High School Band, Kelley Casey, Doug Diggles and Johnetta Porter, Invocation, Presentation of Colors, Special Appearance of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass., Rifle Salute, Taps and more. See complete program.

8th Tennessee U.S. Living History, June 27-28
The 8th Tennessee U.S. and Camp Nelson Heritage Park invites you to attend the 3rd annual living history commemoration of the forming of the 8th Tennessee U.S. Volunteer Infantry.  All day Saturday and Sunday morning will include drill instruction and daily camp life activities.  Come experience the life of a civil war soldier and explore Camp Nelson Heritage Park.


September 12 & 13, 2015. Mark your calendars and make your plans to visit or participate in the 2015 Camp Nelson Civil War Days Living History Event. It's the 150th Anniversary commemoration. Register on line or contact Peggy McClintock-Pauli at (859) 881-5716 for more information.150th Anniversary. Register Now for the event. See the event flyer.

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 oportunity to view the beautiful central Kentucky lanndscape 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 6 & 7, 2014. Please direct reenactor questions to Bob Bell at Reenactor Registration Form Download. Call (859) 881-5716.


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