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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Jessamine County, Kentucky

Clickable Map of Jessamine County, Kentucky and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Jessamine County, KY (32) Fayette County, KY (275) Garrard County, KY (21) Madison County, KY (108) Mercer County, KY (99) Woodford County, KY (49)  JessamineCounty(32) Jessamine County (32)  FayetteCounty(275) Fayette County (275)  GarrardCounty(21) Garrard County (21)  MadisonCounty(108) Madison County (108)  MercerCounty(99) Mercer County (99)  WoodfordCounty(49) Woodford County (49)
Nicholasville is the county seat for Jessamine County
Adjacent to Jessamine County, Kentucky
      Fayette County (275)  
      Garrard County (21)  
      Madison County (108)  
      Mercer County (99)  
      Woodford County (49)  
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1 Kentucky, Jessamine County, Nicholasville — African American Enlistment
President Abraham Lincoln and Congress resisted the enlistment of African Americans into the military during the early stages of the Civil War despite intense pressure from abolitionists. This changed in July 1862, when Congress passed the Second . . . Map (db m169974) HM
2 Kentucky, Jessamine County, Nicholasville — 823 — Butler's Birthplace
Gen. Wm. O. Butler, born here in 1791, died Carrollton, Ky. 1880. In War of 1812: the River Raisin, Pensacola, and New Orleans. Gen. Andrew Jackson's staff 1816-17. Cited for heroism in Mexican War 1846-48. U.S. Congressman 1839-43. Although . . . Map (db m70965) HM
3 Kentucky, Jessamine County, Nicholasville — Camp NelsonGraveyard No. 1 — Camp Nelson National Monument —
(South Face) To Those Buried Here Here lie the bodies of numerous unknown Tennessee white refugees and Kentucky African-American refugees who perished from disease while at Camp Nelson. These civilians sought freedom and protection . . . Map (db m169907) HM WM
4 Kentucky, Jessamine County, Nicholasville — 2222 — Camp Nelson
Founded in 1863 as a Union supply depot, hospital, and encampment, in 1864 Camp Nelson became Kentucky's largest, and nation's third largest, recruitment center for African - American soldiers, the U. S. Colored Troops (USCT). Eight USCT regiments . . . Map (db m169950) HM
5 Kentucky, Jessamine County, Nicholasville — Camp Nelson National Cemetery
The Committee to reopen and expand Camp Nelson National Cemetery, a nonprofit corporation, was formed, Sept. 19, 1974. This action was necessary as a result of a Presidential order closing certain national cemeteries in June 1967. On Memorial . . . Map (db m70651) HM
6 Kentucky, Jessamine County, Nicholasville — 1610 — Camp Nelson National Cemetery
One of 40 burial grounds listed by Congress in 1866 to become National Cemetery sites. Although no battles were fought in immediate area, a large camp hospital was located here. There were 1,183 men buried in this cemetery between July 28, 1863, and . . . Map (db m70650) HM
7 Kentucky, Jessamine County, Nicholasville — 1965 — Camp Nelson Refugee Camp / Conditions at Refugee Camp
(obverse) Camp Nelson Refugee Camp Established in 1863 to house families of African American soldiers, Camp Nelson became the chief center issuing emancipation papers to former slaves. Army's withdrawal from camp in 1866 exposed . . . Map (db m70629) HM
8 Kentucky, Jessamine County, Nicholasville — 158 — Chaumiere des Prairies
Estate of Colonel David Meade III, who lived here from 1796 to 1832, and who spent three fortunes on its development. The house was originally a cluster of small buildings, connected by stone and brick arcades, surrounded by a 100-acre park . . . Map (db m169915) HM
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9 Kentucky, Jessamine County, Nicholasville — Dedicated To Union Soldiers
Dedicated to the memory of the 3,670 Union soldiers, 1247 of whom are known but to God, buried here. In "giving the last full measure of devotion", they preserved the Union and made the promise of freedom a reality for all Americans. May we never . . . Map (db m167384) WM
10 Kentucky, Jessamine County, Nicholasville — 1473 — Dr. Phillips' Birthplace
Dr. Lena Madesin Phillips, founder of National Federation of Business and Professional Women's Clubs, 1919, born here, Sept. 15, 1881. Her work with the YWCA, 1917, led to interest in organization of business women. Instrumental . . . Map (db m169948) HM
11 Kentucky, Jessamine County, Nicholasville — 894 — Ebenezer Church
One-half mile west. Organized by Rev. Adam Rankin 1793-95. Rev. Robert Bishop came 1803 when stone church replaced log house. From 1810-18, these two were opposing leaders In stormy controversy in early history of Presbyterianism in Ky. . . . Map (db m169988) HM
12 Kentucky, Jessamine County, Nicholasville — Fort Jackson
Defending Camp Nelson Designed to hold the middle of Camp Nelson's northern line, Fort Jackson is 280 feet deep and 300 feet wide with breastworks ten feet high. It is a lunette — a four-sided, unenclosed fort. It is one of . . . Map (db m171681) HM
13 Kentucky, Jessamine County, Nicholasville — General William "Bull" NelsonStaunch Unionist and Friend of President Abraham Lincoln — The Battle of Richmond, Kentucky —
Son of an Influential Kentucky Family The Nelson family counted among its friends some of the most important families in Kentucky. William Nelson, born in 1824, near Maysville, Kentucky, grew up in an atmosphere of influence and wealth. . . . Map (db m70658) HM
14 Kentucky, Jessamine County, Nicholasville — 2448 — Impressed Labor for the Army / Enslaved Men to Soldiers
Impressed Labor for the Army To fill the labor requirements caused by the Civil War, the Union army impressed Kentucky slaves to work on various construction projects. Of special concern were transportation and . . . Map (db m169970) HM
15 Kentucky, Jessamine County, Nicholasville — 947 — Jessamine County / Nicholasville
Jessamine County Formed from Fayette County, 1798. Named by Col. John Price, one of Representatives in Legislature, who stated he named it for flower which flourishes in region and for Jessamine Creek. A moving legend tells that the . . . Map (db m169945) HM
16 Kentucky, Jessamine County, Nicholasville — Jessamine County Confederate Monument
South (front) face: Our Confederate dead “Who they were few may know What they were all know” 1861 1865 East face “The muffled drum's sad roll has beat the soldier's last tattoo No more on life's . . . Map (db m169941) WM
17 Kentucky, Jessamine County, Nicholasville — 1315 — Jessamine County Hemp / Hemp in Kentucky
Jessamine County Hemp One of chief producing counties, it was third in value of product : and also in the number of cordage factories, with 14 in 1840. Peak production reached in late 1800s, yielding over 1,000 tons per year, with a . . . Map (db m169918) HM
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18 Kentucky, Jessamine County, Nicholasville — Jessamine County Revolutionary War Memorial
This tablet is dedicated to the memory of revolutionary soldiers who died citizens of Jessamine County Benjamin Adams • John Biswell • Samuel Burk • Robt. Campbell • James Carothers • John Carroll • Abram Cassell • John Cox • Col. J. . . . Map (db m169934) WM
19 Kentucky, Jessamine County, Nicholasville — Jessamine County Veterans Monument
Dedicated to all Jessamine County veterans who honorably served their country in its time of need during the following: World War I World War II Korea Viet Nam and in the peace time eraMap (db m169939) WM
20 Kentucky, Jessamine County, Nicholasville — 201 — July 4th Celebration
July 4, 1794, Col. William Price, veteran of the Revolutionary War, held one of the first celebrations of Independence Day west of the Alleghenies. At his plantation, 40 veterans dined to commemorate the glorious birthday of our freedom.Map (db m169978) HM
21 Kentucky, Jessamine County, Nicholasville — 1671 — Keene Springs Hotel
This two-story frame building was erected by Mason Singleton. White sulphur water was discovered ca. 1848; its medicinal qualities made hotel and adjoining tavern popular summer resort of 1840s and 1850s. Captain G. L. Postlethwait was . . . Map (db m169989) HM
22 Kentucky, Jessamine County, Nicholasville — 675 — Sawyier’s Inspiration
Paul Sawyier, “The River Artist,” painted scenes of Kentucky River gorge while living on houseboat near here, from 1908 to 1913. The noted artist created over 2,000 paintings, mostly landscapes of Central Kentucky-State Capitol, Kentucky . . . Map (db m70964) HM
23 Kentucky, Jessamine County, Nicholasville — The Northern Line of FortificationsCamp Nelson National Historic Monument
Seven Strong Forts Protected Camp Nelson Seven earthen forts protected the only exposed area of Camp Nelson, here, along its northern periphery. All were formidable earthworks with breastworks eight to ten feet high. The larger forts . . . Map (db m169973) HM
24 Kentucky, Jessamine County, Nicholasville — The Thirteenth Amendment
The Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution, enacted on December 18, 1865, abolished slavery within the United States. Immediately before the ratification of this amendment, slavery remained legal only in Kentucky and Delaware. Elsewhere, slaves . . . Map (db m169975) HM
25 Kentucky, Jessamine County, Nicholasville — The White House
Oliver H. Perry and his wife, Frances, built this house in the mid-1850s. Frances, known to family and friends as Fannie, was the daughter of Robert and Mary Sappington Scott, the largest landowners of what became Camp Nelson. Built in the . . . Map (db m169971) HM
26 Kentucky, Jessamine County, Nicolasville — Graveyard No. 1 — Camp Nelson National Monument —
One of Four Cemeteries at Camp Nelson This cemetery is one of four documented at Camp Nelson; the others being Graveyard No. 2 (the present Camp Nelson National Cemetery) and two smallpox cemeteries located to the west of U.S. 27. . . . Map (db m167485) HM
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27 Kentucky, Jessamine County, Wilmore — An Engineering Landmark
The bridge you see dates to 1929 but its story begins much earlier, when merchants in Lexington and Cincinnati began to demand a direct route to Southern markets, one that did not necessitate shipping goods by way of the Ohio and Mississippi rivers. . . . Map (db m218252) HM
28 Kentucky, Jessamine County, Wilmore — 1830 — Bethel Academy / Asbury College
Bethel Academy This was second Methodist school in United States. In 1790 Bishop Francis Asbury laid plans for Bethel Academy, four miles southeast of Wilmore on cliffs above Kentucky River. It was operating by 1794; closed ca. 1804, due to . . . Map (db m169977) HM
29 Kentucky, Jessamine County, Wilmore — George and Betty Bryan House
This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the InteriorMap (db m218287) HM
30 Kentucky, Jessamine County, Wilmore — 1381 — High Bridge
Highest railroad bridge in US over a navigable stream (308 feet). Planned as suspension bridge for Lexington and Danville R.R. by John Roebling, designer of famous Brooklyn Bridge (N.Y. City). Huge stone towers to hold cables built in 1851. Work . . . Map (db m172106) HM
31 Kentucky, Jessamine County, Wilmore — 1795 — John Curd
A Rev. War soldier, John Curd lived here. The Va. Gen. Assembly established tobacco inspection warehouse on Curd's land, 1786, at mouth of Dix River, as well as a public ferry across Ky. River. Curd's l1/2-story Federal house, with Flemish bond . . . Map (db m218246) HM
32 Kentucky, Jessamine County, Wilmore — Kentucky River Palisades
The Kentucky River flows almost 225 miles from its origin near Pine Mountain in eastern Kentucky to Carrolton, where it joins the Ohio. In the Bluegrass, between Frankfort and Boonesborough, the meandering river is framed by palisades – imposing . . . Map (db m218247) HM
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Sep. 27, 2023