Perryville Battlefield to Host National Civil War Reenactment Oct. 8-9 at Boyle County Historic Site


The Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site will host a National Civil War Reenactment for the 160th anniversary of the Battle of Perryville, bringing people from across the United States to the Commonwealth.

The memorial was set for October 8 and 9 in Boyle County, about 40 miles southwest of Lexington.

(Photo by Kentucky State Parks)

The two-day event includes battlefield tours, Chautauqua performances, battle re-enactments, lectures, museum exhibits, educational programs, food and other vendors.

Tickets can be purchased online at a discounted rate of $15 for adults, $10 for veterans, military and seniors, and $10 for children ages 7-12. There will be a $5 increase for general admission prices purchased at the door.

Perryville is the site of the largest Civil War battle in Kentucky, which took place in October 1862 and which some historians point to as a turning point in the Civil War. Each year the battle is commemorated with special events on the first weekend of October.

The battlefield now spans over 1,200 acres and the grounds include 19 miles of historic hiking trails with forty-seven interpretive markers. As a result of these efforts, Perryville is generally considered one of the best-performed Civil War battlegrounds in the United States. The American Battlefield Trust recently recognized Perryville as the most intact/pristine of all major Civil War conflicts.

For more information on the Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site or the 160th anniversary, visit

Kentucky State Parks


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