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Places to Visit in Kentucky

Behringer-Crawford Museum (Open Tues.-Sun.).  Devou Park, 1600 Montague Rd., P.O. Box 67, Covington, KY, 41012.  Phone 859/491-4003.  Programs also are offered during the school year.  They include "Archaeology Lab" for upper elementary and high school (on-site only) and "Kentucky Prehistory" (on-site or in your classroom)  for primary to high school.  Call for program costs, or go online: www.bcmuseum.org 

Daniel Boone National Forest, Cumberland Ranger District Office: (606) 784-6428  http://www.fs.fed.us/r8/boone/districts/cumberland/index.shtml 

James C. Salato Wildlife Education Center (Open T-F 9-5:00; Sat 10-5), Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife, #1 Game Farm Road, Frankfort, KY, 40601. Phone 1-800-858-1549. A mural and exhibit of prehistoric artifacts describes the Fort Ancient farming culture of central Kentucky, inspired by the book Kentuckians Before Boone (see Books Section, Books for Kids subheading). Programs are available that focus on how native peoples used the environment, which include a visit to the animals kept at the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife's Game Farm (eagles, elk, buffalo, deer, wild turkey, bear, and wildcat). Admission is free. 

The Kentucky Native American Heritage Commission's Native American Heritage Month Celebration is held annually throughout the month of November at the Center.  Their web address is http://fw.ky.gov/Navigation.asp?cid=130

Kentucky Archaeological Survey's Archaeology Laboratory (by appointment only). 1020-A Export Street, Lexington, KY 40506-9854. Phone 859/257-1919. Classes studying archaeology may schedule a visit to the lab as part of their unit of study. Contact Network Coordinator. Cost: free.

Kentucky History Center (Open TWFS 10-5; Thurs 10-8; Sun 1-5.  Closed Monday) 100 W. Broadway, Frankfort, KY, 40601.  Phone 502/564-1792 or 1-877-4HISTORY.  The Kentucky Historical Society's  Center includes an extensive exhibit, filled with objects, interactive activities, and images.  Free programs also are available and tours can be scheduled.    Web page http://history.ky.gov  Cost: Free.  For those interested in prehistory, Area B: First Kentuckians (10,00 B.C. - A.D. 1750) in the permanent exhibit hall presents information about native people's lifeways.  Among other things, visitors walk through an Indian house made of mats and view a large mural that depicts an Archaic village along the Green River.  Drawers that contain artifacts pull out, and a videotape shows how stone tools are made.  The remainder of the History Center's permanent exhibit hall contains objects and exhibits, as well as audiotapes of speeches and stories, that document all facets of Kentucky history.  An historical archaeology touch cart activity, Digging the Past Touch Cart, also is available. Filled with historic artifacts in stratigraphic sequence, these objects were recovered during the Kentucky Archaeological Survey's excavations conducted in advance of the History Center's construction. To schedule its use or other hands-on activities, such as making prehistoric pottery, call 502/564-3016.

Living Archaeology Weekend (held annually the second to the last Fri and Sat in September. 10-5 each day). Gladie Historic Site, Red River Gorge near Natural Bridge State Park.  Sponsored by the the USDA Forest Service, Stanton Ranger District and the Red River Historical Society. Phone 606/663-2852.  Visitors can watch American Indians and other craftsmen demonstrate prehistoric technology, such as stone tool making, dugout canoe making, pottery making, hide tanning, basket making, and cooking.  Native storytellers also are featured and visitors can try their hand at house building and spear throwing. Cost: Free. 

Riverside, the Farnsley Moremen Landing (Open all year T-Sat 10-4:30 and Sun 1-4:30, except major holidays) 7410 Moorman Road, Louisville, KY, 40272.  Phone 502/935-6809.  Fax 502/935-682.  Teachers can bring their classes to participate in the award-winning Building Blocks of History program, a full-day field trip experience that combines hands-on historical archaeology with a brick-making activity and a tour of a 1837 home.  Building Blocks is offered Tues through Friday, 10AM-1PM, from late Sept through early November and again from late March through mid-May.  Call to schedule your class visit.  Cost: there is a modest cost per student; Information available online at http://www.riverside-landing.org/ 

SunWatch Indian Village (Open year round Tues-Sat 9-5 and Sun 12-5), 2301 West River Road, Dayton, Ohio 45418-2815.  Phone 937-268-8199.   SunWatch gives the visitor a real sense of what a prehistoric farming village looked like.  At this reconstructed Fort Ancient village along the banks of the Great Miami River just outside of Dayton, Ohio, visitors can view an introductory video, wander through the museum, and then step out onto the observation deck to see the village reconstructed in the very places where archaeologists documented the remains of prehistoric houses, trash pits, central cedar post, and burials.  Taking the path through the village is like a walk back in time. Visit the SunWatch web page, http://www.sunwatch.org/ , for listings of special events, classes for kids and adults, overnights, and other activities.  Admission is $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for seniors and children ages 6-17. 

Wickliffe Mounds State Historic Site (Open daily May-October 9:00-4:30; April and November Wed-Sun 9:00-4:30; Weekends only in March),  94 Green Street Wickliffe, KY 42087 Phone 270/335-3681. Exhibits describe the lifeways, architecture, and ceremonial activities of the inhabitants of this Mississippian town.  Trails to walk onto the largest mound and through environmental areas.  Guided tours for school groups with advanced notice.  Classroom visits also can be arranged.  Admission is $5.00 for adults, and $4.00 for children ages 6-12.  For more details visit:  http://parks.ky.gov/findparks/histparks/wm/  

 

Last Updated 2/20/2010