|The Memorial Day observance at Camp Nelson National Cemetery begins at 11:00 a.m., Monday, May 27. The program will include the West Jessamine High School Band, a cannon salute from the Camp Nelson Honor Guard, presentation of colors by US Marine Corps Company A, and an address from Iraq War Veteran David M. Preston, M.D. See the complete program.
Public Archaeological “Dig” on June 15 at 10 a.m. Open to adults and children 10 years old and older. Call Peggy McClintock at 859-881-5716 to reserve your spot. Space is limited to 15 people per session. Cost is $5 per person. Led by Dr. Stephen McBride, Director of Interpretation at Camp Nelson. The site of the excavation will be the William Berkley Sutler Store, which was the main mercantile establishment within Camp Nelson. The dig is attempting to answer a number of questions related to this site including the size and construction methods of the store building, the types of goods sold here, and the variety of other activities that took place here.
Come join the men and women of the 8th Tennessee and
the Camp Nelson Civil War Heritage Park in
commemorating the 150 anniversary of the 8th Tennessee
Mustering, Saturday, June 15, 7 a.m.-7:30p.m. and Sunday, June 16, 7a.m.-12p.m. Observe authentic Civil War drill
and instruction, camp life for the soliders, and
the history of one of the largest army depot
and training camps in the union. For questions please call
Adam lesshafft at 859-229-7582 or Camp Nelson Civil War
Heritage Park at 859-881-5716. See flyer.
September 7 & 8, 2013. Please direct reenactor questions to Bob Bell at RobertLB502@aol.com. Reenactor Registration Forms Download.
Call (859) 881-5716.
Explore your Civil War heritage with our Civil War Ancestor Toolbox. Most of the questions that we receive at Camp Nelson are from those doing geneology projects, both for scholarly research and for personal satisfaction.
Camp Nelson provided the Union Army with over 10,000 African-American soldiers, making it the third largest recruiting and training depot for African Americans in the nation. Many of the black soldiers brought their families with them to Camp Nelson and eventually the army established a refugee camp for these individuals. Thousands of African-Americans came to Camp Nelson and it was here that they gained their freedom. Read more.
View some of the unique artifacts related to Civil War Soldier Life, now on display at the Camp Nelson Heritage Park Interpretive Center. Here are some inside photos of the Interpretive Center.
Did you know that there are over five miles of trails to explore at Camp Nelson? The trails are an oportunity to view the beautiful central Kentucky lanndscape while learning about the significant role Camp Nelson played in the the Civil War. The trails are open nearly every day from dawn to dusk. Trail and visitor info.