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.
Park is open daylight to dark seven days a week with self-guided tour information in the information box just outside the museum front doors.
March 3 - March 31 Open Wednesday through Saturday 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Beginning April 1, Open Monday - Saturday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. AND Sunday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
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
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.