History at Sunset

Obelisk surrounded with grass with trees in the background.
A memorial obelisk at Grave No. 1, located along the northern section of Camp Nelson. The marker honors the soldiers, refugees, and civilians who perished at the army base during the Civil War. The soldiers were disinterred and moved to Camp Nelson National Cemetery in 1866.


History at Sunset

Join the National Park Service on select Friday and Saturday evenings at Camp Nelson National Monument for special programs featuring unique and untold stories related to Civil War Era. The program run approximately ninety minutes and are free and open to the public. Participants are advised to wear comfortable hiking shoes and bring water.

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Friday, July 15th, 2022 (7:00 pm - 8:30 pm)
Beacon of Freedom: Camp Nelson and the Long Road to Emancipation

Join the National Park Service for the inaugural History at Sunset program at Camp Nelson National Monument. The first program, sponsored by the American Battlefield Trust as part of the "Twilight Pop Up Tours," will explore the contested struggle for freedom in Kentucky during the Civil War with specific focus on the enlistment of enslaved African American men at Camp Nelson and other recruiting stations across the state beginning in 1864.

Meet National Park Service staff at Camp Nelson National Monument's Visitor Center.
6614 Danville Road Loop 2
Nicholasville, KY 40356

Saturday, July 30th, 2022 (7:00 pm - 8:30 pm)
"Bivouac of the Dead": History of the Camp Nelson National Cemetery

The National Park Service, in partnership with cemetery administrators, invites the public to tour the Camp Nelson National Cemetery! This program delves into the history of the national cemetery system, the 1866 origins of the cemetery at Camp Nelson, and the evolution of caretaking practices, military customs and memorials at this site.

Meet National Park Service staff outside the cemetery caretaker lodge and visitor center.
6980 Danville Road
Nicholasville, KY 40356

Last updated: July 3, 2022

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6614 Old Danville Road Loop 2
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Nicholasville , KY 40356


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