Civil War Sesquicentennial

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 special programs, museum exhibits, walking tours, architecture and quiltmaking. See when and where below.

 Tilghman House

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. Look for the Civil War mural and discover how the battle affected the city's landscape.

 Civil War Quilts  

National Quilt Museum

Special thematic exhibitions are planned to commemorate the anniversary. From the Pieces of a Nation: Civil War Period Quilts, July 12-October 8, 2013.


 Civil War Fabric  

Hancock’s of Paducah

Find Civil War tribute quilt patterns and fabrics to create a piece of commemorative fiber art.


 Market House Museum  

The William Clark Market House Museum

See civil war memorabilia and more. Artifacts and exhibits depict Paducah's position during the Civil War era.



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

River Discovery Center

Celebrate Paducah's maritime legacy and lore with interactive exhibits that tell the story of the Four Rivers region.

Railroad Museum

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.


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