History Bursts To Life In Richmond, Kentucky

Located in Madison County — just minutes from Lexington — Richmond, Kentucky is where history comes to life. Named for the Virginia birthplace of its founder, Revolutionary War colonel John Miller, Richmond’s many historic sites are waiting to whisk you back in time.

Walk the same grounds Daniel Boone did as you explore the reconstructed Fort Boonesborough — a National Historic Landmark located on the banks of the Kentucky River. Here, you can experience the world as it was nearly two and half centuries ago through cabins, blockhouses and furnishings that narrate the life and times of this legendary explorer.

Watch artisans re-create pioneer life through craft demonstrations of candle dipping, pottery turning, lye soap making and welding. Then return to the present with amenities for the 21st-century traveler, including a junior Olympic- size swimming pool with waterslide, miniature golf, gift shops, picnic shelters, paved nature trails, the Kentucky River Museum and more.

The first major Civil War battle fought in Kentucky was the Battle of Richmond, which took place on Aug. 29–30, 1862, giving a decisive victory to the Confederate army. Learn about the devastation of Federal troops in three separate engagements as you follow the path of the battle on a selfguided driving tour.

Beginning at the Visitor Center, the tour takes you behind the lines and onto the battlefields and skirmish areas as the Battle Between the States entered a border state. This tour is part of the Kentucky Civil War Heritage Trail and the Civil War Trust National Discovery Trail. A re-enactment of the Battle of Richmond also takes place each year in August.

You can also check out White Hall mansion, famous for the man who lived within its walls: Cassius Marcellus Clay. Emancipationist, newspaper publisher, minister to Russia and friend to Abraham Lincoln, Clay lived in the home when it was known as Clermont — the home his father, General Green Clay, built in 1798–1799 and was expanded in the mid-1860s to create the home you can tour today.

With a downtown brimming with more than 100 buildings on the National Register of Historic Place and three National Registered Historic Districts, Richmond is indeed a treasure trove of history. But there are other lures as well, including the 18-hole, par-72 championship Gibson Bay Golf Course and the Hummel Planetarium and Space Theater.

Spend time exploring Richmond’s downtown, home to one of the state’s finest restored 19th Century commercial districts. Shop the boutiques and antique stores. Dine in locally-owned restaurants. Overnight in a gorgeous circa 1880 Queen Anne residence that houses the casually elegant Bennett House Bed and Breakfast.

Come live the history — not to mention beauty, culture and downright fun — in Richmond, a town that welcomes visitors with Southern charm and hospitality. To plan your getaway, call 800-866-3705 or visit RichmondKyTourism.com.

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