Discover Civil War History in Bardstown, Kentucky

Civil War cannon in BardstownUncover the fascinating past of the Civil War in Bardstown. This quaint town has many sites, museums, and tours that bring history to life. Kentucky remained neutral before and during the war, until the Confederates invaded in 1861. And this unique perspective is reflected with exhibits, collections and talks balanced between both Union and Confederate viewpoints. Visitors can continue the journey into the past by staying at the historic Bourbon Manor Bed and Breakfast. Our elegant guest rooms include all the modern comforts, while housed within two pre civil war homes. And our delicious bourbon-themed breakfasts have guests ready for another day of exploration. Book a Bardstown getaway today at our welcoming inn close to all the sites.

Bardstown Civil War Museums and Sites

There’s a wealth of history packed into Bardstown’s charming downtown. The museums, historic homes and sites each offer a different outlook on the war. Immerse yourself in the history of the Civil War while exploring these locations:Civil War reenacts in Confederate uniforms

  • Civil War Museum – This museum (that’s really three in one location) is a must see for any Civil War enthusiast. The main museum has detailed exhibits that focus on politics, infantry, slavery and artillery. Additionally, the on site Women’s Museum of the Civil War focuses on the history of women that contributed as spies, nurses and combat soldiers. Lastly, stop by the Old Bardstown Village, a Colonial period settlement. Here they demonstrate daily life and military drills during the civil war time period.
  • Bardstown Historic Walking Tour – This comprehensive walking tour, created by a local historian, includes almost 50 buildings right in the center of town. Several locations have a direct connection to the Civil war such as a Union recruiting site and a boarding school used as a hospital.
  • Sisters of Charity Heritage Hall – During the Civil War this order volunteered to nurse the wounded for both armies and the Heritage Hall has many artifacts of that time. One cherished item is a letter of protection to the sisters issued by Abraham Lincoln.
  • The Bardstown Historical Museum – Spaling Hall houses the Bardstown Historical Museum and the Oscar Getz Museum of Whiskey History. The museum displays artifacts that cover 200 years of local history, including rare Civil War items such as Lincoln documents.
  • Wickland, Home of Three Governors – Visitors can imagine civil war home life while touring this Georgian-style house built circa 1828. This historic home of three governors, two of which were pre-civil war, offers informational events and Civil War Union officer's arm resting on his sworda self-guided architectural tour.
  • My Old Kentucky Home – Kentucky’s most famous historic site, this 200 year old mansion and plantation offer several specialized tours. Most recently, the “Freedom and the Homefront” tour will be open to visitors September 2018. The beautiful home sets the stage for the war time era, specifically how it affected the local community. Throughout the house an outstanding collection of period uniforms and weaponry will be on display.

Bardstown carefully preserves the past and history buffs will find plenty of sites to explore. Walk by the same streets and buildings that stood during the war, or even stop at a pub that refreshed travelers long ago. The Bourbon Manor Bed and Breakfast will have you room ready after your stroll through history. Reserve your summer escape to our tranquil wooded location near all the attractions.