NPS to host Living History Weekend at Camp Nelson

Published 12:09 pm Thursday, June 23, 2022

Among the events scheduled for Living History Weekend at Camp Nelson include School of the Soldier, an opportunity to drill and march like a Civil War soldier. Photo submitted

The National Park Service will host Living History Weekend at Camp Nelson National Monument on June 25-26. The two-day event is free and open to the public. Hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday.

The special event will feature a variety of demonstrations, including cannon and musket firing, history presentations, children’s activities and tours of the grounds. A food truck will be on site, as well.

The park is located six miles south of Nicholasville on U.S. 27 and directly north of the Camp Nelson National Cemetery. The U.S. Army established Camp Nelson as a supply depot in 1863 during the Civil War. The base later became one of the country’s largest recruiting and training centers for African American men, who served in the United States Colored Troops, and also a large refugee center for enslaved people seeking emancipation.

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