On July 24, Perryville hosted a highly successful living history event at the Perryville battlefield and along Merchants Row, the town's 19th century commercial district. As part of a larger, week-long Civil War tour planned by the Perryville Battlefield Preservation Association (PBPA) and five other regional Civil War sites, this event brought hundreds of visitors to the region, showing that heritage tourism can make a positive impact on local economic development. Our goal was to bring many out-of-state visitors to this area. As visitors from more than fifteen states toured Perryville alone, we are very pleased with the entire event.
On behalf of the PBPA, I would like to thank several organizations for their involvement with the event. The Kentucky Heritage Council, the Kentucky Department of Parks, and the Kentucky Department of Travel were all valuable partners in planning and promoting the tours.
I would most like to thank Kay Berggren, director of the Danville-Boyle County Convention and Visitors Bureau. Kay was a driving force behind this event, and its success was due to her tireless efforts. This county is fortunate to have her leading our tourism development initiatives, and I am thankful for her continued involvement with Perryville.