Department of Parks
Battle Of Perryville Will Draw Thousands Of Re-enactors, Visitors
PERRYVILLE, Ky. – More than 3,600 re-enactors portraying Union and Confederate troops are scheduled to take part in the Battle of Perryville during the weekend of Oct. 7-8.
Three separate battles are planned for the weekend at Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site, about 10 miles west of Danville in Boyle County. Besides the battles, visitors will be able to see demonstrations about soldiers and civilian life in 1862, when the largest Civil War battle on Kentucky soil took place resulting in more than 7,000 casualties.
This year’s battle is special because it has been designated as the national Civil War re-enactment and will draw re-enactors from across the country.
Tickets will be sold at the gate, which open Saturday at Adult tickets are $15 for one day; $20 for two days. Children ages 6-12 cost $5 for Saturday with the second day free. Ages 5 and under are free.
Parking will be in Perryville with a shuttle bus ride to the park. Visitors are urged to arrive early because of the crowds and should wear comfortable shoes and clothing. The terrain is hilly.
The town of Perryville will also be holding events throughout the weekend, including a parade and fireworks show Friday evening, entertainment, and tours of historic Merchants’ Row.
For more information, including a schedule of events, visit: www.parks.ky.gov and click on “The Battle of Perryville 2006” logo. You may also call the park at 859-332-8631 for more information.
The Kentucky State Park System is composed of 52 state parks plus an interstate park shared with Virginia. The Department of Parks, an agency of the Commerce Cabinet, operates 17 resort parks with lodges -- more than any other state. Each year, Kentucky parks draw 7 million visitors and contribute $317 million to the economy. For more information on Kentucky parks, visit our Web site at http://www.parks.ky.gov