On October 8, 1862, cannon explosions shattered the rural peace of this tranquil countryside and the death moans of young soldiers. Perryville became the site of the most destructive Civil War battle in the state which left more than 7,600 killed, wounded or missing. The Perryville Battlefield park museum tells of the battle that was the South’s last serious attempt to gain possession of Kentucky.
Jeff Shaara, author of the guidebook Jeff Shaara's Civil War Battlefields: Discovering America's Hallowed Ground
, lists Perryville Battlefield as one of the 10 great Civil War places to visit. His national review appeared in USA Today
This Kentucky battlefield is one of the most unaltered Civil War sites in the nation; vistas visible today are virtually those soldiers saw on that fateful day in 1862. A self-guided walking tour on the battlefield interprets battle events. This is one of the stops along Kentucky's Lincoln Heritage Trail.
Dawn till dusk.
March 16 through March 31 the museum and museum store will be open from 9:00 a.m. till 4:00 p.m. Thursday – Saturday. Regular Seasonal Hours start April 1. Call 859-332-8631 for more info.
Open April 1 - October 31
November through March by appointment only.
Adult ― $4.00
Adult Group (10 or more) ― $3.50
Child ( 7 to 12) ― $3.00 (6 and under FREE)
Child Group (10 or more) ― $2.50
Military & Senior discount - $3.50
During the month of August, Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site celebrates the anniversary of the Battle of Perryville. Click on the video player below to watch footage from previous re-enactments.
Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site Resources
With the help of a class from Centre College, Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site now has a digital database
of more than 5,800 soldiers who died, were wounded or went missing during the largest Civil War battle in Kentucky. Click here
to search the database and learn more.