Camp Nelson Heritage National Monument, Nicholasville

Battlefield · Hidden Gem · Historic Site
Camp Nelson Heritage National Monument, formerly Camp Nelson National Monument and before that Camp Nelson Civil War Heritage Park, is a 525-acre (2.12 km2) national monument, historical museum and park located in southern Jessamine County, Kentucky, United States, 20 miles (32 km) south of Lexington, Kentucky. The American Civil War era camp was established in 1863 as a depot for the Union Army during the Civil War. It became a recruiting ground for new soldiers from Eastern Tennessee and enslaved people, many of whom had fled their living conditions to be soldiers.
On October 26, 2018, President Donald Trump proclaimed the site as Camp Nelson National Monument, the 418th unit of the National Park Service (NPS) system. It was renamed to include "Heritage" in the John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act, signed March 12, 2019. The forested portion overlooking Hickman Creek was funded by the Office of Kentucky Nature Preserves' Kentucky Heritage Land Conservation Fund.
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  • This was a really neat place. The Visitors Center was still closed but they had walking tour maps available. There really is not much left from the fort aside from some eroded forts - there were...  more »
  • In the heart of Jessamine County where hundreds of civil war casualties are interred and honored. History lessons are plentiful, shared by knowledgeable staff, many who have ancestors who gave their.....  more »
  • Unfortunately, the visitor center is not open today. No signs saying why. But I took a nice walk on the trails following the fortifications. Better trail markers and signage are needed. I hope they will come with time.
  • I have driven by this place dozens of times and never knew that it was there. This is a wonderful museum to spend an afternoon. The staff is very knowledgeable and the museum was very informative. I had no idea that so much took place here.

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