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Lexington is where history is made, traditions are honored and pride is resolute. Known by the 1800's as the "Athens of the West", Lexington has long been home to confident yet humble people who believe there is no better place to be. Sharing that pride of place with visitors enriches all of us. From Lexington, dozens of Kentucky's most significant historic sites are within easy reach.

Historic Homes
Historic Homes
Lexington and the Bluegrass Rich in Reminder of Bygone Days. Until time travel becomes possible, the best way to revisit the past is through its tangible remains.. .. the houses and other places where famous, as well as not-so-famous, people lived and gathered .. .. the battlefields and buildings where the courses both of history, and many.... more
Ticket to History
Ticket to History
For history lovers, we offer an economical way to tour four Lexington historic homes. Stop by the Lexington Visitors Center at 401 West Main Street, and for $20 you can purchase one ticket that grants admission to the Mary Todd Lincoln House; Ashland, the Henry Clay Estate; the Hunt-Morgan House; and Waveland State Historic Site. The ticket is valid for.... more
Civil War
Civil War
Explore the History of the Blue and the Gray in the Bluegrass. The story of the Civil War in Lexington and the Bluegrass is more than a story of battles. It's a story of strong personalities - of two Presidents, a First Lady, a "lion," and a "Thunderbolt." It's a story of contrasts - here you can visit both the site of a.... more
African American
African American
The history of Lexington and the Bluegrass Region has been inclusive of African Americans both enslaved and free. Integral to every aspect of our region's heritage, African Americans played an important part in the development of our horse industry, our agriculture, art, education and architecture. Learn more about the history of African Americans.... more
Heritage Tours
Heritage Tours
Explore Pioneer Pathways and Other Scenic Traditions in the Bluegrass. The Bluegrass region was the first part of Kentucky to be settled (seeing the breathtaking beauty of the land here, many pioneers decided there could be no better place to live), so there's a lot of heritage here to explore. Whether your special interest is pioneer.... more
History Attractions
Historic Attractions
Historic attractions in Lexington and the Bluegrass Region will fascinate history buffs. The setting is the legendary rolling hills of Bluegrass pastures and the charming small towns of central Kentucky. Use our Trip Planner so you don't lose track of all the things you'd like to do during your visit to Lexington.   .... more