A Revolutionary War soldier founded the city and, later, a famous battle of the Civil War was fought in Richmond. Its most famous son was frontiersman Kit Carson. Today the city honors that past—one that combined commitment with adventure—while looking to its future. Stay with Choice Hotels in Richmond, Kentucky and learn about its history—along with many other attractions, which include:
The White Hall State Historic Site was built by Abraham Lincoln’s good friend Cassius Marcellus Clay, a minister to Russia, a newspaper publisher and an emancipation leader. His daughter Laura was the first woman to be nominated for the U.S. presidency by a major political party. Even their mansion is extraordinary for its time, with furnace heating and indoor plumbing. Your guide will be wearing a period costume and will be extremely knowledgeable. The tour takes an hour and a half and explores nearly every room in the house.
Check out the laser-light map of the battlefield at the Battle of Richmond Visitors Center and follow the historic timeline to situate the various events in your mind. There are also photographs and artifacts to peruse—the center is, in fact, a small museum dedicated to the battle. In the summertime there is a reenactment on the battlefield itself. Once you have visited the center, take a hike on one of the walking trails that feature informative plaques about this and other area battles. It is an excellent introduction to the Civil War, giving you and your kids a real sense of the magnitude of what happened here.
Learn about the man behind the legend of Daniel Boone at Fort Boonsborough State Park. Did you know that there once was a colony here called Transylvania, an illegal land-grab that finally failed? You will learn about it and more at the fort, where actors dressed in period costumes will explain how they are doing the various tasks that made up the days of frontier life in the eighteenth century: candle-making, gunsmithing and blacksmithing, spinning and sewing and more.
Maybe you would prefer to wait until you can really cool off at the Paradise Cove Aquatic Center, where there are several different pools along with slides, tunnels, structures on which to climb, diving boards and more. Check out the unique centrifugal/whirlpool area … and notice the welcome attentiveness of the lifeguards.
By now it is time for a little culture, and you will be delighted with the Richmond Area Arts Center. Originally an American Gothic Episcopal church, you can still see the four stained glass windows imported from Europe that grace the altar area. The Arts Center is now used for art education for children and adults, various singing groups, garden tours and art exhibits featuring local artists.
Family fun awaits you at the Adventure Falls Miniature Golf and Batting Cage Facility: there is truly something for everyone here. The batting cages are great for all ages and allow you to control the speed of the pitch and to select between hardball and softball. Go fishing at the lake, try your hand at the miniature golf course and be sure to take lots of pictures: days like these are the ones you will want to remember.
The country’s culture and values were forged in places like this, where major battles took place in people’s backyards and the frontier was very much a dangerous and challenging place to live. Stay at one of the hotels in Richmond, Kentucky listed below and take time to understand how the Revolutionary and Civil wars changed this landscape forever.
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