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Re-enactor with Governor's Scholars at Perryville State Park.

Kentucky Military Heritage Commission

In 2002 the Kentucky Military Heritage Commission was created by an act of the General Assembly as an independent agency of the Commonwealth of Kentucky but attached to the Kentucky Heritage Council for administrative and support purposes.  The commission consists of the Adjutant General, the State Historic Preservation Officer, the Director of the Kentucky Historical Society, the Director of the Commission on Military Affairs and the Commissioner of the Department of Veteran's Affairs.

As a means of protection, the commission is charged with maintaining a registry of Kentucky military heritage sites and objects significant to the military history of the Commonwealth.  The commission accepts requests from the public for designation of military heritage sites and objects – including buildings, monuments and community resources – that represent all eras of Kentucky’s military history.  Most sites registered by the commission are military monuments and memorials, but the legislation gives the commission some latitude as to what may be considered for recognition.

Once accepted to the registry, these sites and objects by law cannot be damaged or destroyed, removed or significantly altered, other than for repair or renovation, without the written consent of the commission.  Failure to do so is a Class A misdemeanor for the first offense and a Class D felony for each subsequent offense.

The Kentucky Military Sites Report [Word - 365KB] lists recognized military heritage objects as well as those known to be eligible for listing by the commission.  For Military Heritage Application [word - 91k ] and more information about nominating a site to the registry, contact Roger Stapleton at the Heritage Council, 502-564-7005, ext. 134. 

Civil War Sites Preservation

The Kentucky Civil War Sites Preservation Program was created by the Heritage Council in 1991 to conduct the national Civil War Sites Advisory Commission Survey of the 11 principal battlefields located within the Commonwealth of Kentucky.  These include Barbourville, Camp Wildcat, Ivy Mountain, Rowlett's Station, Middle Creek, Mill Springs, Richmond, Munfordville, Perryville, Paducah and Cynthiana. 

The Kentucky Heritage Coucil has also led efforts to develop partnerships between state and local government entities that are working closely with area residents and national Civil War preservation organizations to preserve, protect and interpret Kentucky's other Civil War sites.  These include Camp Nelson, Fort Duffield, Columbus-Belmont, Fort Heiman, Fort Sands, Fort Smith, the Battle of Sacramento, the Battle of Tebbs Bend, Fort Boone, the fortifications of Northern Kentucky and sites in Lebanon, Bowling Green and Clark County.

The program has also assisted the National Park Service in the identification and survey of the state's Revolutionary War and War of 1812 sites, including Fort Harrod, Logan's Fort, Fort Boonesborough, Ruddell's Station, Martin's Station, Bryan's Station, The Battle of Blue Licks, The Bourbon Iron Works, Great Saltpeter Cave, Mammoth Cave and Newport Barracks.

The Heritage Council has been active in the development of the Civil War Preservation Trust's Civil War Heritage Trail within Kentucky.  The Commonwealth was the first state to join this national initiative that links more than 500 individual sites in 28 states.  Currently, 51 Kentucky sites are listed.

Working closely with the Kentucky Department of Travel and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, the Heritage Council developed and distributed 200,000 copies of Kentucky's Civil War Heritage Trail.   This statewide heritage tourism initative links numerous historic sites throughout the Commonwealth.  A copy of the brochure is available from the Kentucky Department of Travel, or visit the Kentucky Civil War Heritage Trail [External Link - You are now leaving the .gov domain. ] for information about upcoming events.

Also in partnership with the Department of Travel and Transportation Cabinet, the Heritage Council is participating in the development of the Kentucky Cultural and Heritage Driving Trails Signage Program.  The agency partnered with Murray State University in the development and installation of the Kentucky Ohio River Civil War Heritage Trail and is working with other travel-related tourism initiatives. 

For more information about the Heritage Council's Civil War Sites Preservation Program, contact Roger Stapleton, 502-564-7005, ext. 134, or refer to the list of Kentucky Civil War sites below.

Civil War Sites
2995 Lincoln Farm Road
Hodgenville, Kentucky 42748

Battle of Barbourville External Link - You are now leaving the .gov domain.
 
Winchester, KY 40392

Defenses of Cincinnati   External Link - You are now leaving the .gov domain.
Berhinger-Crawford Museum
PO Box 67
Covington, Kentucky 41012

Columbus-Belmont State Park
PO Box 8
Columbus, Kentucky 42032

Battles of Cynthiana External Link - You are now leaving the .gov domain.
117 Court Street
Cythinana, Kentucky 41031

Dumont Hill External Link - You are now leaving the .gov domain.
201 West Main Street, Suite 10, Scottsville, Kentucky 42164

Fort Duffield Heritage Committee External Link - You are now leaving the .gov domain.
US 31W and Salt River Road
West Point, Kentucky 40177

Leslie Morris Park
Frankfort, KY 40601
 
Ivy Mountain Monument External Link - You are now leaving the .gov domain.
130 #4 South Circle Drive
Prestonsburg, Kentucky 41653
 
Jefferson Davis Monument State Historic Site
PO Box 10
Fairview, Kentucky 42221-0010
 
The Kentucky Historical Society
100 West Broadway
Frankfort, KY 40601
 
Middle Creek Battlefield Association External Link - You are now leaving the .gov domain.
PO Box 326
Prestonsburg, Kentucky 41653

Mill Springs Battlefield Association
External Link - You are now leaving the .gov domain.
PO Box 814
Somerset, Kentucky 42502

Battle of Munfordville External Link - You are now leaving the .gov domain.
Hart County Historical Society
PO Box 606
Munfordville, Kentucky 42765
 
Camp Nelson Preservation and Restoration Foundation External Link - You are now leaving the .gov domain.
PO Box 1170
Nicholasville, Kentucky 40340-1170

New Haven Battlefield External Link - You are now leaving the .gov domain.
Rolling Fork Historic Preservation Association
New Haven, Kentucky 40051
 
Octagon Hall Museum/Ky Confederate Studies Archive
Franklin, Kentucky 42135
 
Perryville Enhancement Project External Link - You are now leaving the .gov domain.
PO Box 65
Perryville, Kentucky 40468
 
Battle of Richmond External Link - You are now leaving the .gov domain.
Battle of Richmond Association
101 Battlefield Memorial Highway
Richmond, Kentucky 40475

Riverview At Hobson Grove External Link - You are now leaving the .gov domain.
Riverview At Hobson Grove
1100 W. Main St.
Bowling Green, Kentucky 42101-4894

Battle of Rowlett's Station External Link - You are now leaving the .gov domain.
Hart County Historical Society
PO Box 606
Munfordville, Kentucky 42765

Battle of Sacramento External Link - You are now leaving the .gov domain.
The City of Sacramento
PO Box 245
Sacramento, Kentucky 42372

Simpsonville Massacre External Link - You are now leaving the .gov domain.
Simpsonville, Kentucky 40067

Fort Smith
Smithland Area Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 196
Smithland, Kentucky 42081

Battle of Tebbs Bend External Link - You are now leaving the .gov domain.
Taylor County Tourist Commission
PO Box 4021
Campbellsville, Kentucky 42718

Camp Wildcat Preservation Foundation, Inc. External Link - You are now leaving the .gov domain.
15 Hacienda Ct.
Corbin, Kentucky 40701

Fort Williams
City of Glasgow
Glasgow, Kentucky 42141

 
To search for Kentucky Highway Markers regarding military conflicts across the state click:

 
War of 1812 - Revolutionary War - Frontier War

Blue Licks State Resort Park
Highway 68
Mt Olivet, KY 41064-0066

Battle of Blue Licks External Link - You are now leaving the .gov domain.

Fort Boonesborough State Park
4375 Boonesborough Road
Richmond, KY 40475-9316

Fort Boonesborough Living History External Link - You are now leaving the .gov domain.

Old Fort Harrod State Park
100 South College Street
Harrodsburg, KY 40330-0156

Cumberland Gap National Historical Park External Link - You are now leaving the .gov domain.
PO Box 1848
Middlesboro, KY 40965

Logan's Fort External Link - You are now leaving the .gov domain.
P.O. Box 1775,
Stanford, KY 40484

Ruddles Station External Link - You are now leaving the .gov domain.

Great Saltpeter Cave External Link - You are now leaving the .gov domain.

Mammoth Cave External Link - You are now leaving the .gov domain.
1 Mammoth Cave Parkway  
P.O. Box 7
Mammoth Cave, KY 42259

 

Calendar
 

Kentucky Military Heritage Commission
The next meeting will be held May 28, 2014 at the Kentucky Heritage Council library. 

Kentucky Civil War Sites Association, Inc.  Next meeting will be held in Lebanon on Wednesday May 28.
Website: kycivilwarsites.org

Article about Civil War Sites Association, Inc. in Kentucky Civil War Bugle  External Link - You are now leaving the .gov domain.

Membership form
[PDF - 104k]

New Civil War Trails website
Kentucky Civil War Trails

 

Kentucky Military Heritage Commission
 

KRS 171.782

(1) The Kentucky Military Heritage Commission is hereby established as an independent agency of the Commonwealth of Kentucky which is attached to the Kentucky Heritage Council for administrative and support purposes. The Heritage Council may request and receive additional administrative aid and support from the Kentucky Historical Society, the Department of Military Affairs, the Commission on Military Affairs, and the Department of Veterans' Affairs.

(2) The Kentucky Military Heritage Commission shall consist of the adjutant general, the director of the Kentucky Historical Society, the state historic preservation officer, the executive director of the commission on Military Affairs, and the commissioner of the Department of Veterans' Affairs or their designees, whose names shall be provided in writing.

Adjutant General
Kentucky Department of Military Affairs
Major General Edward W. Tonini
Address: 100 Minuteman Parkway
Boone National Guard Center,
Frankfort, Kentucky 40601-6168
Work #: (502) 607-1558
E-mail: Edward.Tonini@ky.ngb.army.mil Date Appointed/Reappointed: Dec. 2007
Term Expires: on expiration of appointment to position

CHAIR
Executive Director
Kentucky Commission on Military Affairs
Dave Thompson
Address: 66 Wilkinson Boulevard
Frankfort, Kentucky 40601
Work #: (502) 564-0269
E-mail: DavidE.Thompson@ky.gov
Date Appointed/Reappointed: July 2006
Term Expires: on expiration of appointment to position

Commissioner
Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs
Representative Ken Lucas
Address: 1111B Louisville Road
Frankfort, Kentucky 40601
Work #: (502)564-9203
E-mail: Ken.Lucas@ky.gov
Date Appointed/Reappointed: July 2006
Term Expires: on expiration of appointment to position

Executive Director
Kentucky Heritage Council
Craig Potts
Address: 300 Washington Street
Frankfort, Kentucky 40601
Work #: (502)564-7005, ext. 111
E-mail: Craig.Potts@ky.gov
Date Appointed/Reappointed: April 2007
Term Expires: on expiration of appointment to position

Executive Director
Kentucky Historical Society
Kent Whitworth
Address: 100 West Broadway
Frankfort, Kentucky 40601
Work #: (502)564-1792, ext. 4448
E-mail: Kent.Whitworth@ky.gov
Date Appointed/Reappointed: July 2006
Term Expires: on expiration of appointment to position

Commission Links

Kentucky Department of Military Affairs 

Kentucky Commission of Military Affairs 

Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs 

Kentucky Historical Society 

 

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