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Perryville Battlefield 2018 Hours

The park grounds are open 7 days a week from daylight to dusk.

Museum and Museum Store are open March 3-March 31, 2018  from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday - Saturday

Hours beginning April 1, 2018  9-5 Monday through Saturday and 11-5 on Sunday

Civil War Trust Park Day  Perryville Battlefield    April 7, 2018

Park day 18

Rain Date – April 14, 2018

Sign Up – 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Civil War Hall (located directly across from the museum.)

Split rail fence building and trail work!  We will be replacing some of the split rail fences on the park as well as working on our trail system.  The Friends of Perryville Battlefield will provide lunch and museum admission is free. All volunteers will receive a discount in the museum store.  Please wear long pants, boots and bring work gloves. 

Scouts and youth groups welcome.  We will have garbage pickup and trail clean up on the park for youngsters.

Please call 859-332-8631 for more information or visit our website at

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Urges History Fans to Support Effort with #HistoryRelevance Social Campaign

Perryville Battlefield joins more than 100 historical organizations around the country to endorse the History Relevance Value Statement and declare the importance of teaching and learning history.

To celebrate, we are urging history fans to post a selfie of them enjoying their favorite historical spot, and use the hashtag #HistoryRelevance.

The Value Statement is comprised of seven distinct tenets delineating critical ways the study of history is essential to individuals, communities, and our shared future. The full Value Statement can be found at

Endorsement of the Value Statement sends a positive message to raise the value of history in American society and help history organizations of all kinds to better articulate the value of history with a common language. History studies create a sense of awareness and identity, cultivate critical thinking and analytical skills, and lay the groundwork for empowered communities. They preserve the past and spark inspiration for the future.


History Relevance comprises over 150 like-minded organizations around the world, from the Smithsonian Institution and National Archives to historical societies and archivists; associations and nonprofits; and museums, trusts, estates, and local institutions. The Value Statement is endorsed by organizations that promote and encourage a sense of awareness, identity, and interconnectivity in a multicultural world through history-driven courses of study.

“We are thrilled with Perryville Battlefield's endorsement in our Values Statement,” said Tim Grove, History Relevance spokesperson. “History – including knowledge as well as the processes of research and reflection – is critically important to our society, culture, and the individual citizens who live it each and every day.”

Perryville Battlefield included
in USA Today Travel Story


You Can Help With Kentucky Grant Funding


Each year, history organizations around the state ask me if there are grant funds available to help Kentucky’s museums and local history organizations. Sadly, in the past, these grant funds have been few and far between.

Now, however, we can change that!

Your next Kentucky state income tax return will allow you to donate part of your tax refund to Kentucky’s Local History Trust Fund. This money will create a grant pool that will help museums, libraries, and local history organizations in your community. The Kentucky Historical Society will administer these grants, which will help build organizational capacity, support programs and services, and strengthen these organizations.

By donating to this fund you will help museums and local history organizations around the state!

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Soldiers with the Western Brigade set up their camps as re-enactors prepared for the Battle of Perryville reenactment for 2006. Photo by DAVID STEPHENSON LEXINGTON HERALD-LEADER

Most of Perryville Battlefield is preserved with latest 70-acre purchase

Reprinted from The Lexington Herald-Leader

By Greg Kocher

The Civil War Trust on Monday said it has preserved three properties totaling 70 acres associated with the 1862 Battle of Perryville.

Some of the Boyle County land was purchased as the result of a national fund-raising campaign conducted by the Trust earlier this year, and some acreage was donated by a private property owner. With the addition of these 70 acres on the northern part of the battlefield, the Trust has helped save 1,027 acres at Perryville, the site of Kentucky’s largest and bloodiest Civil War battle.

“Complete preservation of a battlefield is the Civil War Trust’s ultimate goal, the finest example of our mission at work,” said Trust President James Lighthizer in a release. “This victory at Perryville brings us within spitting distance of finishing our work there. Thanks to the generous contributions of our members, future generations of Americans will have the opportunity to visit this site and reflect on the sacrifices made.”

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Thanks for helping The Civil War Trust preserve Perryville Battlefield.

Battlefields are part of our national heritage, scenes of struggle and sacrifice where American soldiers lost their lives. The Civil War Trust is working to preserve these “hallowed grounds,” as Abraham Lincoln called them, so that future generations can learn from them and can learn to appreciate their hard-won freedom.

Database of Perryville Casualties Available Online

Centre College Class Helps Park With Project

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PERRYVILLE, Ky. – With the help of a class from Centre College, Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site now has a digital database of more than 5,800 soldiers who died, were wounded or went missing during the largest Civil War battle in Kentucky. Click here to access the database.

Split Rail Drive

Split Rails help Define the Space! We are making real progress on our Split Rail Drive! We are almost half way there! Please help! The fences were terrible obstacles that the soldiers had to overcome as they advanced across the landscape. Our mission will help return the park’s landscape to its appearance at the time of the battle as well as define those spaces where men struggled and died for our nation.

You can help build a battlefield by purchasing a split rail. The rails will be purchased from the West Virginia Split Rail Company at $8.50 per rail. This includes the shipping!

Please send your donation of $8.50 per rail to:
Friends of Perryville Battlefield
P.O. Box 296
Perryville, KY 40468


Tell Your Kentucky Civil War Story

A blog site to share your stories - sponsored by Kentucky Tourism

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Phone App

The Perryville Phone App that was recently completed by Ball State University is now available on both the Apple/itunes Store and the Google Play Store for Android.

This great project was a partnership between Ball State University, Perryville Battlefield and the Friends of Perryville.

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Perryville: Then & Now
An Interview with Kurt Holman

Walking Trails Map
of Perryville Battlefield

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Please support the Nature Plate Program. Nature Plate Funds were used to purchase the  Coyle Tract that is on US 150


Learn More about Perryville Battlefield Preservation

Learn More about the Civil War in Kentucky

Here at our website you can learn more about the Friends of Perryville, make a donation to battlefield preservation and learn ways you can volunteer and help out with projects and events at the Battlefield.

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