About Us

Civil War Museum & Museum Row
Bardstown, Kentucky



The Civil War Museum, located in what used to be the town's water works and icehouse, the 8500 sq. ft. building has been completely renovated with $450,000 from the state government. It is the fourth-largest Civil War Museum in the United States. In 1999 we added the only museum dedicated to the women of the Civil War, featuring exhibits of period clothing, paintings, and personal artifacts. It is located in the Historic Wright Talbott House, adjacent to the Civil War Museum. Unlike the other museums, this one focuses mainly on the War of the Western States. The story of the western theater is told plainly in geographical and chronological segments. Visitors move through a series of exhibits featuring myriad artifacts from both the Union and the Confederacy. Examples of some of the artifacts the museum showcases include the flag of the 2nd Kentucky Cavalry, the presentation sword of Confederate Brigadier General Lloyd Tilghman, and a silver flask presented to Confederate General John C. Breckinridge a few days after he joined the Confederate Army. Among other things, the museum also has Infantry, Cavalry , Naval Artillery Rooms. a The Artillery Room is one major display you won't want to miss. Among others, the display includes a one-pounder smoothbore cannon made at the Tredegar Iron Works in Richmond, Virginia. Used in the field by Mosby's raiders, the gun could be taken apart and transported on horseback. Also among the displays is a 12 lb. mountain Howitzer, belonging to Eli Lilly's 18th Indiana artillery.


The PIONEER VILLAGE is a reproduction of a colonial village, with original cabins from the county that date from 1776 to 1820. The guide will explain each cabin, such as the Wheel Wright Shop, the Forge and Still House. Most recently added is the fascinating American Indian Museum.

The WOMEN’S CIVIL WAR MUSEUM depicts the role women played during the Civil War. Many were nurses, some were even spies and soldiers, while many, of course, sustained the home life while their husbands fought at the battlefront. There are many original dresses on display, numerous other artifacts and countless stories that are told.

Two new additions have been added to Museum Row in Bardstown: the War Memorial of Mid America and the Wildlife Museum.


The WAR MEMORIAL OF MID AMERICA honors those who served to preserve freedom around the world, concentrating on the role Mid-Americans played in America’s wars. From the Revolutionary War to Desert Storm, each is depicted with outstanding graphics and artifacts.

 

 

   
The WILDLIFE MUSEUM features an extensive display of North American wildlife in their natural habitat, and exhibits of minerals and fossils from around the world.

If you are unable to visit us we have a Guided Tour of our Musuem on DVD or Online for purchase: Click Here


Old Bardstown Village / Civil War Museum is a 501-C Non profit Corporation chartered educational facility.