interpretive display of the Orphan Bridgade

Jefferson Davis

Jefferson Davis State Historic Site

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Jefferson Davis State Historic Site
258 Pembroke-Fairview Rd.
U.S. Highway 68-80
Fairview, KY 42221
Fairview, KY
Western Waterlands


Top Five Things to Do

  1. Tour the historic museum.
  2. Shop the gift shop.
  3. Picnic in a pavilion.
  4. Visit the playground with your children.
  5. See the 351-foot Obelisk constructed on a bed of Kentucky limestone.

Spring, Summer and Fall Operations
Monument tours are available April 1 - November 15. When you are planning your visit for a monument tour, please call one day before arriving. Each month there are scheduled maintenance projects. These projects can last a few minutes to several hours. We do not want someone driving to the park only to find out that elevator tours are not available. Please call 270-889-6100 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for tour information. After 4:30 p.m. call 270-404-0546. The park is now open on Sunday, beginning at 10 a.m.

Winter Operations 
November 14 -March 31
Open Monday - Thursday and the 1st and 3rd Friday and the 2nd and 4th Saturdays, operating from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. The gift shop and museum are open 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Monument tours will resume April 1. 

Jefferson Davis State Historic Site is a memorial to the Kentuckian born on this site on June 3, 1808. The monument is a 351-foot obelisk constructed on a foundation of solid Kentucky limestone. An elevator takes visitors to the top for a bird's eye view of the countryside. A museum on the grounds provides visitors with a bit of insight into this leader's fascinating life. Davis may be best known for his service as President of the Confederacy during the Civil War but the popular West Point graduate also had a distinguished military career before serving as a congressman and senator.

Gift Shop

Here you will find many hard to find Civil War items like books on Kentucky battle fields, soldiers and the Kentucky Orphan Brigade. Also tee shirts souvenir caps, Confederate and Union replica money, magnets, postcards, a wide selection of shot glasses and coffee cups. The gift shop carries replicas of the Emancipation Proclamation, Bill of Rights, Declaration of Independence, Constitution and Gettysburg Address and other Civil War books related items.

Our visitor's center features exhibits detailing Davis' political life before and after the Civil War and the building of the monument. Also told is the little known story of the Kentucky "Orphan Brigade."

Enjoy your next family outing under the proud auspices of the historic monument. Our shelter (holds 50) available for rental with 10 days advanced notice. Call 270-889-6100.


  • Adults, Museum & Monument: $13.00
  • Adults, Museum or Monument: $6.50
  • Children 5-12, Museum & Monument: $11.00
  • Children 5-12, Museum or Monument: $5.50
  • Seniors/Military, Museum & Monument (Senior 55+): $12.00
  • Seniors/Military, Museum or Monument (Senior 55+): $6.00

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