Department of Parks
Kentucky Battlefield to Play Host to National Civil War Reenactment
FRANKFORT, Ky. – Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site will play host to a national Civil War reenactment in October 2006, bringing tens of thousands of people from all over the United States and other countries to the Commonwealth, Kentucky Gov. Ernie Fletcher announced today.
The event will beheld Oct. 7-8 at the historic site in Boyle County.
“The fact that we are having the opportunity to host this event again is a great tribute to the many people who made the 2002 national event at Perryville so successful, including the Parks Department, volunteers, and officials from Perryville and Boyle County,” said Governor Fletcher. “We look forward to welcoming this event back to Kentucky and having an equally successfully weekend in 2006. I especially appreciate the efforts of the Perryville Battlefield Preservation Association for preserving and expanding this important historic site in such top-notch condition.”
More than a century ago, 40,000 Union and Confederate soldiers clashed at Perryville. More than 7,500 were killed or wounded.
Each year, hundreds of Civil War enthusiasts recreate the bloody Kentucky battle, which some historians point to as a turning point in the Civil War. But 2006 will be a special year. The Civil War reenactment community has chosen Perryville as the country’s only “national” event.
Perryville previously hosted a national event in 2002. An estimated 24,500 people attended then, including participants from at least 36 states and four foreign countries. Much of the same is expected in 2006, meaning the population of Boyle County will virtually double over night.
All of those visitors will be renting hotel rooms, buying gas, eating out, and shopping, according to Mary Quinn K. Ramer, executive director of the Danville-Boyle County Convention and Visitors Bureau. She estimates the economic impact to the community to be $75 per adult, per day or more.
Reenactors appreciate Perryville because it remains unspoiled, much as it would have appeared to its original combatants. In stark contrast, many Civil War battlefields have yielded to development over the years.
All proceeds from reenactor fees will go to the Perryville Battlefield Preservation Association for preserving the battlefield. The park has grown significantly over the years thanks largely to the group’s efforts. It now encompasses more than 500 acres, up from about 100 acres. The grounds include seven miles of historical hiking trails. As a result of these efforts, Perryville is generally regarded as one of the best-interpreted Civil War battlefield in the United States.
For more information specific to the Perryville reenactment, visit http://www.perryvillereenactment.org/. Or, for visitors’ information, go to www.danvillekentucky.com.