Camps will dot the rural landscape detailing the life of the soldier and the civilians who helped maintain the military site. First person interpretations of soldiers and civilians will bring the experience to life.
At 2 p.m. each day a reenactment of a skirmish based on actual events around Camp Nelson dealing with John Hunt Morgan's retreat from Cynthiana will be portrayed. As Morgan's command retreated to Tennessee several of his men came to the perimeter of Camp Nelson where several sharp skirmishes took place as the co escaping across the Kentucky River.
Along with the re-enacting, Civil War artifacts uncovered from the site will be on display along with exhibits depicting Camp Nelson life in the museum.
Various demonstrations will be held throughout both days such as broom making, leather work, clothing and others. First person interpretations of Camp Nelson notables and commentaries on the Civil War will be provided on Saturday.
The site will also be alive with music. Kentucky Bound will play period music both days. Bourbon City Brass Band will participate in the Sunday morning worship service and the Camp Parade in the afternoon. The Kentuckian's Chorus will provide a selection of period music on Saturday afternoon.
Tours will be provided both days of Camp Nelson's restored White House which served as the officer's quarters.
A special guided tour will be available of the eastern boundary of Camp Nelson which includes Fort Jones and two stone forts. Visitors will be transported to the site and be guided through the woods to learn about the historical features of this site, which sits on top of the Hickman Creek Palisades and overlooks the rural landscape similar to the way it looked during the Civil War.
A special tour of the Kentucky River and majestic Palisades will be available by Kentucky River Otter Outpost. Visitors will be transported to the launch site at the river and provided a historical interpretation of the area by pontoon boat.
Camp Nelson is located six miles south of Nicholasville on U.S. 27. A parking fee of $3 per car is charged.
For more event or general information call (859) 492-3115. Visit the Web site at www.campnelson.org.