Department of Parks
Battle of Perryville State Historic Site Commemorates 1862 Battle
PERRYVILLE, Ky. – Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site will commemorate the anniversary of the largest Civil War battle in Kentucky during the weekend of Oct. 3-4.
The weekend will include military demonstrations at 2 p.m. both days. There will also be expert speakers, living history interpreters, interaction with the soldiers in camp life demonstrations, battlefield tours, antique and period vendors and food vendors. A special program on the “Life of the Soldier,” focusing on camp life, will be conducted both days. The park museum will also be open.
Admission for this event is $10 per person; children 11 and under are free. Gates open at 8:30 a.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. Sunday. Guests should expect to walk and may want to bring chairs. Dress appropriately for weather conditions. Guests should allow for time to reach the re-enactment sites due to the crowds and terrain.
Spirit Hunters of Central Kentucky will conduct a “paranormal investigation” Saturday at 6:30 p.m. Call the park at 859-332-8631 for tickets. The cost is $20 per person; not recommended for children under 12.
Visitors to Perryville on Saturday, Oct. 3, should note there are several activities planned in the community of Perryville that morning. Temporary road closures of main routes to Perryville Battlefield are expected. Visitors should allow for additional travel time as a result.
There is a parade at 11 a.m. and some streets will be closed. For more information about events in Perryville, visit downtownperryville.com.
For more details of the planned events at Perryville Battlefield, visit: perryvillebattlefield.org
The Battle of Perryville on Oct. 8, 1862, was the largest and bloodiest engagement of the American Civil War fought within Kentucky’s borders. Thousands of soldiers were engaged in a desperate battle that left nearly 7,500 men killed and wounded. The significance of the battle was considerable and not only affected the state, but also the nation. The engagement was a Confederate victory. However, Southern forces were unable to maintain a military presence in the state and eventually withdrew into Tennessee. The initial battlefield victory ultimately turned into a tactical loss as Union forces occupied the state thereafter.
Perryville Battlefield is 45 miles southwest of Lexington. Take U.S. 68 West to U.S. 150 West. For more information about Perryville, visit www.perryvillebattlefield.org. For more information about Kentucky State Parks, visit www.parks.ky.gov
The Kentucky State Park System is composed of 49 state parks plus an interstate park shared with Virginia. The Department of Parks, an agency of the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, operates 17 resort parks with lodges -- more than any other state. For more information on Kentucky parks, visit our website at http://www.parks.ky.gov