Central Kentucky #1: Camp Nelson and Old Fort Harrod

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Camp Nelson

Location: 6614 Danville Road, Nicholasville, KY 40356
Phone: (859) 881-5716
Costs: No admission charge.
Online resources: The web site is a great resource for historical resources and information.
Related online KET video segments:
Enlisting Black Kentuckians to Fight
Kentuckyís Camp Nelson

Old Fort Harrod State Park

Location: 100 South College Street
Harrodsburg, KY 40330-0156
Phone: (859) 734-3314
Costs: Small per-student admission fee; contact site for current rates.
Online resources: The web site includes information about field trips, information about the siteís history and fort structures; and a photo gallery.
Related online KET video segments:
Lincolnís Parentsí Marriage Certificate

After the trips to the Hodgenville sites and Mary Todd Lincoln House, students were asked where they would like to visit next. They requested visits to Civil War-related sites. This leads to the clustering of sites in Central Kentucky into two trips.

A study of Civil War history in Kentucky should include a study of the role of Camp Nelson in the recruitment and training of African American soldiers. The Camp Nelson web site contains a great deal of information suitable for pre-visit activities. Students could be assigned various section of the web site to research, gather information, and report back to the whole class prior to the visit.

Although not related to the Civil War, Camp Nelson combines logistically with a visit to Old Fort Harrod. This site not only includes a reproduction of the first permanent settlement in the state, but also houses the Lincoln Marriage Temple. This cabin is the building in which Abraham Lincolnís parents were married. It was moved to Harrodsburg from the Washington County, Kentucky, location at which the marriage occurred.

Fort Harrod is the first official settlement in Kentucky and a great place to review a study of Kentucky history. Depending on the time of year of a visit, re-enactors and craft demonstrations may be available.