Activities for the weekend include military demonstration at 2:00 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday, living history interpreters, period vendors, speakers, and food vendors.
There will also be a special program on the “Life of the Soldier,” focusing on what camp life was like for soldiers. Visitors to Perryville during the anniversary of the battle will have a chance to interact with the ‘soldiers’ in the camp.
The park’s museum will have artifacts on display as well as an exhibit called the “Hard Hand of War,” which will feature the artifacts of Dr. Robert McMeens, the regimental surgeon of the 3rd Ohio Infantry. He literally worked himself to death and died October 28, 1862, in Perryville. The museum will display his personal effects, including his surgical instruments, which have not been in Perryville since 1862.
Admission to the park for this anniversary demonstration is $5.00 per person; children 10 and under are free.
Spirit Hunters of Central Kentucky (as seen on the Travel Channel’s “Ghost Adventures”) will conduct a paranormal investigation on Saturday evening at 6:00 p.m. The cost for this adventure is $20.00 person and is not recommended for children under 12. Call the park at (859) 332-8631 for tickets.
The Battle of Perryville was the largest and bloodiest battle of the American Civil War to occur in Kentucky. More than 7,600 soldiers were killed, wounded, or missing. Each October, the park holds battle re-enactments, living history programs, battlefield tours, book signings, period entertainment, and more.
The battlefield is just west and north of the town of Perryville which is located on US-150 between Springfield and Danville. The grounds of the park are open year round for self-guided tours and is one of the most unaltered Civil War sites in the nation. The property is pristinely preserved and offers a unique experience to visitors as they re-trace the steps of Civil War soldiers with vistas today the same as those visible to the soldiers over 150 years ago.
Perryville is only about 50 miles from Metro Louisville making it a very quick and easy trip to discover some Civil War history within the Commonwealth of Kentucky. For detailed directions, use Google Maps.
Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site
1825 Battlefield Road
Perryville, KY 40468-0296
Phone: (859) 332-8631