Department of Parks
“Ghost Walk” At Perryville Will Offer A Glimpse Of Civil War History
PERRYVILLE, Ky. – Visitors to the Battle of Perryville reenactment will be able to see and hear what the aftermath of a Civil War battle was like with a walking tour.
The tour – called the “Ghost Walk” – will be offered from on Saturday, Oct. 7, at the Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site as part of this year’s national Civil War battle reenactment.
Visitors will hear from reenactors portraying soldiers and civilians talking about what Perryville was like on Oct. 8, 1862, after the largest Civil War battle on Kentucky soil that resulted in more than 7,000 casualties. The walk will last 45 to 60 minutes and will be over hilly terrain at the park.
Tickets for the Ghost Walk are $5 and will be sold at the park during the reenactment event.
The reenactment weekend on Oct. 7-8 will feature three battles, military camps, Civil War experts and authors, as well as activities in the town of Perryville. For more information, including a schedule of events, visit: www.parks.ky.gov and click on “The Battle of Perryville 2006” logo.
Visitors are encouraged to arrive early because of the time it takes to park and get to the state park. Parking will take place at Perryville and the admission ticket includes a bus ride to the park. Visitors should wear comfortable shoes, bring a chair and be prepared to walk to the battle sites. Viewing areas will be marked off for visitors who want to watch the battles.
Advance tickets are being sold through Sept. 22 with a $3 discount available for one-day and two-day adult tickets. One-day tickets are $15 and two-day tickets are $20 for adults at the gate. Children ages 6-12 are $5 (second day free) and children 5 and under are free. Advance ticket holders can also bypass the main admission line.
Call the park at 859-332-8631 to order tickets or go to the Perryville web site. Information is also available at: http://www.perryvillereenactment.org/
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