The national park idea has been nurtured by each succeeding generation of Americans. Today, across our land, the National Park System represents America at its best. Each park contributes to a deeper understanding of the history of the United States and our way of life; of the natural processes which have given form to our land, and to the enrichment of the environment in which we live.
-George B. Hartzog, Jr., NPS Director, 1964-1972
Join the National Park Service (NPS) as we usher in the fall and winter seasons at Camp Nelson National Monument. The NPS is offering a wide variety of programs for visitors to see and experience at at this site.
Saturday, January 21, 2023:
Winter in the Western Theater Hike
(10:30 am - 12:30 pm)
Join the National Park Service (NPS) for an exploration of Camp Nelson National Monument in Winter!
The special program features a guided-hike led by NPS staff on park grounds. The event launches our yearlong commemoration of the 160th Camp Nelson. The program emphasizes the political and military stakes leading up to Camp Nelson's establishment by the US Army in April 1863, including military campaigns in the Western Theater, the liberation of East Tennessee, and Kentucky's contested road to emancipation.
The special event begins with a short orientation at the visitor center. From there, NPS staff will guide participants on a 2-mile hike of the park's grounds. The hike will be conducted on cleared dirt paths and will involve moderate inclines. Participants should wear comfortable hiking shoes and bring water.
The special event is free and open to the public.
The program start at the park's visitor center:
6614 Danville Road Loop 2
Nicholasville, Kentucky 40356
Saturday, February 25, 2023:
Uncovering HiSTORY: African American Genealogy (12:45 pm - 2:00 pm)
The National Park Service is partnering with Jessamine County Public Library for a special presentation on African American Genealogy.
Tracing African American family histories often presents unique research challenges. This program provides an overview of the methods and resources essential for making progress, while using as examples some recently documented portions of 19th-century Kentucky Black lives, and features a presentation by Pamela Lyons Brinegar, a Lexington-based, board-certified genealogy researcher, writer, and lecturer specializing in Central and Eastern Kentucky.