Paducah’s rivers and rails played a pivotal role in the War Between the States. Its proximity to four major rivers and northern railroad connections made it a desired territory. The 1864 Battle of Paducah will be commemorated later in the sesquicentennial anniversary. Until then, explore the city’s role in the Civil War as represented through museum exhibits, walking tours, architecture, quiltmaking and special programs. Civil War Walking Tour Using the map drawn by hand in 1861 by a Federal Captain of occupying troops in Paducah, follow the path of historical markers to discover the city’s important role during the Civil War. Walking tour brochure available at the Paducah Visitors Bureau. Lloyd Tilghman House & Civil War Museum 1852 Greek Revival home owned by Sons of Confederate Veterans was once the residence of Gen. Lloyd Tilghman, CSA. Exhibits highlight Paducah and Western Kentucky’s role in the War Between the States. PADUCAH “Wall to Wall” Murals Visit Paducah’s thriving riverfront and take a self-guided tour of Portraits from Paducah’s Past depicting Paducah’s rich history in more than 50 life-sized panoramic murals by renowned artist Robert Dafford & the Dafford Murals Team. Whitehaven Welcome Center Restored 1860s Southern mansion is one of the finest Classical Revival residential structures in Kentucky and is the only historic home serving as an interstate welcome center. River Discovery Center A “Save America’s Treasures” project, housed in Downtown’s oldest standing structure, celebrates Paducah’s maritime legacy and lore. Interactive exhibits tell the story of the four rivers region. Paducah Railroad Museum A project of the Paducah Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society showcases equipment and memorabilia from the romantic past of America’s railroads. Groups are encouraged to call for tours. National Quilt Museum Special thematic exhibitions are planned to commemorate the anniversary. Details to be announced. Hancock’s of Paducah Hancock’s of Paducah offers Civil War tribute quilt patterns and fabrics. The William Clark Market House Museum 4,000 square feet of rotating exhibits and artifacts from Paducah’s past are staged within the meticulously reconstructed elaborate gingerbread woodwork of an 1876 drugstore.
Civil War Sesquicentennial Events