Wednesday, 05 22, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ky. – Columbus-Belmont State Park and the Friends of Columbus-Belmont will host a living history program in honor of National Trails Day on June 1.
There will be guided history hikes, encampments with cooking lessons, weapon demonstrations, and a “school of the soldier.”
The fee is $2 and includes museum admission and a bottle of water provided by the Friends of Columbus-Belmont.
Columbus-Belmont State Park is a 160-acre Civil War site where fortifications were built by Confederate forces and later occupied by the Union. The 1861 Battle of Belmont, a raid fought to test the strength of this Confederate stronghold, marked the opening of the Union’s Western Campaign. It was also Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grant’s first active engagement in the Civil War. Some of the artillery, which shelled the Union troops, and the six-ton anchor that held the great chain stretching across the river, are on display in the park.
The park, which has a campground, is located 36 miles southwest of Paducah on KY 58 and KY 123/80. Call 270-677-2327 for information.
The Kentucky State Park System is composed of 49 state parks plus an interstate park shared with Virginia. The Department of Parks, an agency of the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, operates 17 resort parks with lodges -- more than any other state. For more information on Kentucky parks, visit our website at http://www.parks.ky.gov