Camp Nelson National Monument

During the Civil War, Camp Nelson in Jessamine County, KY, was used as a supply depot and hospital. It also became a recruitment and training center for African American soldiers. Camp Nelson was a refugee camp for their children and wives throughout the years. Many enslaved people came to this location to secure their freedom. For that reason, this national monument also played an instrumental role in the dissolution of slavery. 

Where to Stay

RV Parks & Campgrounds Near Camp Nelson National Monument

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Things to Do

Things To Do Near Camp Nelson National Monument

Camp Nelson National Monument is a perfect place for Civil War buffs. You should check out the visitor center and museum to get a sense of the camp's history. Visitors can learn about the site's importance as a military installation, supply depot, hospital, recruitment center, and refugee camp. The Oliver Perry House is also available to tour on select days. Another great place to visit is the reconstructed Union Army barracks on the property. 

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How To Get To Camp Nelson National Monument

Camp Nelson National Monument is located on U.S. 27 about 20 miles south of Lexington. From Lexington, head northwest on U.S. 60 toward U.S. 25. You'll need to take a left on the ramp for KY 4. Keep straight on the road for 4 miles. At exit 2, take the ramp and turn right for U.S. 68. Follow the road for another 8 miles, and turn left on KY 169. From here, you want to follow the road for 2.5 miles and turn right onto U.S. 27. Keep following the signs into the park. 


6614 Danville Road, Nicholasville, KY 40356

Fee: Entry Fee (Per Vehicle)

There is no entry fee.

Camp Nelson National Monument is the perfect place to learn about the accomplishments of African American soldiers during the Civil War. While visiting, you can explore the area from the hiking paths or take a self-guided tour of the historic buildings. If you are looking to travel in style, make sure to rent an RV. These vehicles allow you to travel through the country and see some exciting historical sites. RVshare is ready to help with all your RVing rental needs. When you are ready to hit the open road, book your RV rental with RVshare.