Camp Nelson Heritage National Monument, Nicholasville

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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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  • That is a really neat place I would like to spend more time there so much information the people that works there you can tell they really like what there doing and I think it great 
    That is a really neat place I would like to spend more time there so much information the people that works there you can tell they really like what there doing and I think it great  more »
  • Nice particularly when raining. Went in visitor center, watched film, looked at artifacts. Interesting. Grandson enjoyed. 
    Nice particularly when raining. Went in visitor center, watched film, looked at artifacts. Interesting. Grandson enjoyed.  more »
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  • This place was terrific! The rangers were very nice and helpful. The trail wasn’t too hard and it was amazing to see all the forts in Fort Nelson. The museum was neat as well as the barracks. Everything except the White House was rebuilt to show what it looked like.
  • Very well done museum and Jr. Ranger booklet. Staff were engaging, friendly, knowledgeable, and professional. Multiple nice trails with information signs. Visited there 1st day re-opened and they were well prepared.

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