Civil War Museum (Bardstown)

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Coordinates: 37°48′39.95″N 85°27′44.44″W / 37.8110972°N 85.4623444°W / 37.8110972; -85.4623444

Main Museum

The Civil War Museum in Bardstown, Kentucky is a collection of five attractions along what is called "Museum Row". It was established in 1996 by Dr. Henry Spalding. The leading attraction is the Civil War Museum, which is the fourth largest American Civil War Museum and is dedicated to the Western Theater of the war. The main building was originally the icehouse and waterworks of Bardstown, and is 8,500 square feet (790 m2).

The five attractions are:

  • Civil War Museum of the Western Theater: organized by chronology and geography. A notable exhibit is the flag of the 2nd Kentucky Cavalry, which was captured when John Hunt Morgan was captured after his Raid ended in Ohio.
  • Pioneer Village: Commonly called the "Civil War Village", it features buildings built in Nelson County, Kentucky, from 1776-1820.
  • Women's Civil War Museum: Opened in 1999, it is the only museum that looks into the role of women during the American Civil War. It is in the well-known Wright Talbott House.
  • War Memorial of Mid America: Honors those who came from the middle of the United States who fought for freedom from the first Revolutionary War to Operation Desert Storm.
  • Wildlife Museum: features life-sized North American wildlife, as well as minerals and fossils from around the world.

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