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Perryville Battlefield 2018 Hours

The park grounds are open 7 days a week from daylight to dusk.

Museum and Museum Store are open March 3-March 31, 2018  from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday - Saturday

Hours beginning April 1, 2018  9-5 Monday through Saturday and 11-5 on Sunday

Civil War Trust Park Day  Perryville Battlefield    April 7, 2018

Park day 18

Sign Up – 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Civil War Hall (located directly across from the museum.)

Split rail fence building and trail work!  We will be replacing some of the split rail fences on the park as well as working on our trail system.  The Friends of Perryville Battlefield will provide lunch and museum admission is free. All volunteers will receive a discount in the museum store.  Please wear long pants, boots and bring work gloves. 

Scouts and youth groups welcome.  We will have garbage pickup and trail clean up on the park for youngsters.

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Urges History Fans to Support Effort with #HistoryRelevance Social Campaign

Perryville Battlefield joins more than 100 historical organizations around the country to endorse the History Relevance Value Statement and declare the importance of teaching and learning history.

To celebrate, we are urging history fans to post a selfie of them enjoying their favorite historical spot, and use the hashtag #HistoryRelevance.

The Value Statement is comprised of seven distinct tenets delineating critical ways the study of history is essential to individuals, communities, and our shared future. The full Value Statement can be found at https://www.historyrelevance.com/value-statement

Endorsement of the Value Statement sends a positive message to raise the value of history in American society and help history organizations of all kinds to better articulate the value of history with a common language. History studies create a sense of awareness and identity, cultivate critical thinking and analytical skills, and lay the groundwork for empowered communities. They preserve the past and spark inspiration for the future.

History Relevance comprises over 150 like-minded organizations around the world, from the Smithsonian Institution and National Archives to historical societies and archivists; associations and nonprofits; and museums, trusts, estates, and local institutions. The Value Statement is endorsed by organizations that promote and encourage a sense of awareness, identity, and interconnectivity in a multicultural world through history-driven courses of study.

“We are thrilled with Perryville Battlefield's endorsement in our Values Statement,” said Tim Grove, History Relevance spokesperson. “History – including knowledge as well as the processes of research and reflection – is critically important to our society, culture, and the individual citizens who live it each and every day.”

Thanks to all who visited and participated in the 2017

 Battle of Perryville Commemoration

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Join us for The 156th Anniversary of the Battle of Perryville
It will be held at Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site on October 6-7, 2018

Perryville Battlefield included in USA Today Travel Story


You Can Help With Kentucky Grant Funding


Each year, history organizations around the state ask me if there are grant funds available to help Kentucky’s museums and local history organizations. Sadly, in the past, these grant funds have been few and far between.

Now, however, we can change that!

Your next Kentucky state income tax return will allow you to donate part of your tax refund to Kentucky’s Local History Trust Fund. This money will create a grant pool that will help museums, libraries, and local history organizations in your community. The Kentucky Historical Society will administer these grants, which will help build organizational capacity, support programs and services, and strengthen these organizations.

By donating to this fund you will help museums and local history organizations around the state!

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The Civil War Trust makes
official announcement for the funding drive for the Western Theater High Water Mark

Save 70 Acres at Perryville — and Substantially Complete the Preservation of the Battlefield


Battlefields are part of our national heritage, scenes of struggle and sacrifice where American soldiers lost their lives. The Civil War Trust is working to preserve these “hallowed grounds,” as Abraham Lincoln called them, so that future generations can learn from them and can learn to appreciate their hard-won freedom.


See the Message from Jim Lighthizer, Civil War Trust President

Perryville Battlefield Grant Awarded


WASHINGTON, DC – National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis has announced more than $500,000 in grants from the Land and Water Conservation Fund to help preserve over 180 acres at three of America’s Civil War battlefields threatened with damage or destruction by urban and suburban development. Just over $91,000 went to purchase land at the Perryville battlefield in Boyle County.

Besides Perryville, the grant projects are at Corinth, Mississippi, 88 acres at $170,820, and 51.20 acres at $109,836; and Brandy Station Battlefield, Virginia, 29 acres at $154,210.00; for a total of more than $525,878.

The grants announced are funded by the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which was established in 1964 and has helped conserve land in every state, supporting tens of thousands of state and local projects. They were funded with money set aside in Fiscal Year 2014, but since then, Congress allowed the 50 year-old program to expire on Sept. 30, leaving an uncertain future for additional grants for similar civil war battlefield projects.

“Acquisition of these battlefields through the Land and Water Conservation Fund will help our fellow citizens better understand how military conflicts have impacted important social and political changes throughout our nation’s history.” Director Jarvis said. “The Fund helps states and local communities safeguard and preserve historic battlefields without the expenditure of tax-payer dollars, and it’s absolutely critical that Congress reauthorize and fully fund this highly successful program”

President Obama has called for full, permanent funding of the LWCF in his proposed budget, recognizing it as one of the nation’s most effective tools for protecting important water sources, expanding access for hunting and fishing, preserving historic battlefields, and creating ball fields and other places for kids to play and learn. The LWCF does not use taxpayer dollars; the primary source of income derives from fees paid by oil and gas companies drilling offshore in waters owned by the American people.

The grants are administered by the National Park Service’s American Battlefield Protection Program (ABPP), one of more than a dozen programs administered by the NPS that provide states and local communities technical assistance, recognition, and funding to help preserve their own history and create close-to-home recreation opportunities.

Consideration for the battlefield land acquisition grants is given to battlefields listed in the Civil War Sites Advisory Commission’s 1993Report on the Nation’s Civil War Battlefields and the ABPP’s 2007 Report to Congress on the Historic Preservation of Revolutionary War and War of 1812 Sites in the United States.

Grants are awarded to units of state and local governments for the fee simple acquisition of land, or for the non-federal acquisition of permanent, protective interests in land (easements). Private non-profit groups may apply in partnership with state or local government sponsors.

In the case of these four newly awarded grants, the Civil War Trust partnered with the government sponsor grantees listed below. Other partnership organizations involved in the grant projects include the Kentucky Heritage Council and the Virginia Department of Historic Resources. Complete guidelines for grant eligibility and application forms are available online at: www.nps.gov/abpp.

Perryville is one of the Kentucky State Parks
Building Monarch Butterfly Waystations

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- More than a dozen Kentucky State Parks are working on projects to help Monarch butterflies by preserving habitat and planting milkweed plants the butterflies need for survival.

The butterflies – easily identified because of their orange and black colors – are known for their annual journeys to Mexico each year for winter hibernation. Some scientists are concerned that loss of habitat is causing a decline in the Monarch population in some areas.

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Perryville Phone App Available for iphones and Android Phones

The Perryville Phone App that was recently completed by Ball State University is now available on both the Apple/itunes Store and the Google Play Store for Android.

This great project was a partnership between Ball State University, Perryville Battlefield and the Friends of Perryville.

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Split Rail Drive

Split Rails help Define the Space! We are making real progress on our Split Rail Drive! We are almost half way there! Please help! The fences were terrible obstacles that the soldiers had to overcome as they advanced across the landscape. Our mission will help return the park’s landscape to its appearance at the time of the battle as well as define those spaces where men struggled and died for our nation.


You can help build a battlefield by purchasing a split rail. The rails will be purchased from the West Virginia Split Rail Company at $8.50 per rail. This includes the shipping!  Visit The Friends of Perryville to Donate Now!

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Database of Perryville Casualties Now Available Online

Centre College Class Helps Park With Project

PERRYVILLE, Ky. – With the help of a class from Centre College, Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site now has a digital database of more than 5,800 soldiers who died, were wounded or went missing during the largest Civil War battle in Kentucky.

“This is a great resource for anyone doing family or military research,” said Parks Commissioner Elaine Walker. “Our thanks go out to Centre College and the students who worked on this project.”

Park Manager Kurt Holman, who has spent 30 years collecting names and details of the casualties, contacted the college in nearby Danville for assistance. A computer science class taught by Christine Shannon agreed to take on the project.

“We’re among a handful of Civil War battlefields with this kind of database that is now available to anyone with access to the Internet,” Holman said. “This is a great service to our guests and really helps raise the profile of this important Kentucky historical site.”

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Battle of Perryville Commemoration
named a Top 20 Event in the U.S.

PERRYVILLE, Ky. - The Battle of Perryville Commemoration re-enactment and festival has been named a Top 20 Event in the United States by the Southeast Tourism Society for October 2013.

The Southeast Tourism Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and developing tourism throughout the Southeast region of the U.S.

Focusing on preservation and education, the Perryville commemoration features reenactments of Civil War battles, historical tours, living history encampments, ghost walks, a parade, street dancing, open fire cooking, picnics, a craft fair and flea market. Read the entire article.

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Perryville Battlefield Named
to USA Today Top Ten List

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"Civil War Re-Enactment and Old Friends Retired Horses
episode now on YouTube!

The episode of Small Town Big Deal featuring the Battle of Perryville's 150th Commemoration is now available on YouTube. Click here to check it out.


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Battlefield Featured on Ghost Adventures on The Travel Channel

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The “Ghost Adventures” segment with Perryville Battlefield first aired on Friday, Dec. 2, at 9 p.m. EST. Learn more from Lexington’s Channel 18.

Due to the Emerald Ash Borer, all firewood coming into the park must be harvested locally in the county of the park. There are a growing number of quarantined counties and we want to take every precaution to prevent spreading the insect.

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Help with the Abandoned Pet Problem at the Battlefield

Perryville Battlefield like other large tracks of land, has a recurring problem with abandoned pets - especially kittens. Currently all abandoned pets are taken to the Boyle County Humane Society and Hal’s Haven Kitty Rescue

Help these non profit organizations find homes for these abandoned animals

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