History & Heritage in Kentucky
There is a lot of history in the Bluegrass state. Kentucky is the birthplace of Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis, leaders of the opposing sides in the American Civil War. Muhammad Ali and the father of Bluegrass music, Bill Monroe, were also born here.
There are sites and museums dedicated to these and other influential Americans. And of course, Colonel Sanders, founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken, perfected his secret recipe and launched his global empire from the café that you can still visit.
Visit Kentucky and uncover the storied traditions of the region of Appalachia. Walk historical sites such as American Civil War battlefields. Visit memorials and museums from horse racing to music. Follow the path of the explorer, Daniel Boone. Wander around the fascinating downtowns of Main Street Kentucky’s cities and towns for fashion, gifts and antiques unique to Kentucky state history.
Because of the state’s rich history and heritage, you’ll find dozens of Kentucky museums and memorials commemorating everything from the Civil War to music, bourbon and horses. Celebrate the legends of Kentucky horse racing at Churchill Downs’ Kentucky Derby Museum, and the International Museum of the Horse at the Kentucky Horse Park. Visit the childhood home of Abraham Lincoln in Hodgenville, or view the Civil War battlefields of Perryville and Richmond. Hear some of the earliest, most influential sounds of American music, and discover dozens of famous native Kentucky musicians at the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame Museum. While in Owensboro, don't forget to stop by The International Bluegrass Music Museum.
There’s only one Kentucky, and it’s waiting for you to discover!