African American Heritage Center

500 Jefferson St
Franklin, KY


Artifacts, oral and written histories, memorabilia. Located in National Register Historic District.

Old Stone Jail

206 N. College St
Franklin, KY


Take a free tour of the jail, built in 1879 and jailer’s quarters (circa 1830’s). See graffiti drawn by Confederate soldiers during Civil War. Local history museum, county archives, genealogy center.

Mammoth Cave Wildlife Museum

Cave City, KY


Take a walk on the wild side! Explore our world and see....wild animals, birds, fish and reptiles staged in their natural habitats! Mammoth Cave Wildlife Museum, built in 1969, with approximately 14,000 SF, is the first of its kind in Kentucky, still the largest and most beautiful. The museum features over 1,600 specimens of wildlife. Exhibits include Polar, Kodiak, Grizzly, Black, Brown and Glacier Bears; Moose, Elk, Caribou; Whitetail, Mule and Reindeer; Buffalo, Mountain Goat, Antelope, Dall, Big Horn and Stone Sheep, Lions, Tigers, Leopards, Snow Leopard and other Cats. Numerous Butterflies, Beetles, Hawks, Owls and many, many others. We pride ourselves on having one of the finest collections of wildlife and marine specimens found, not only in our area, but in the entire Southeast.

Horse Cave Cultural District

100 East Main Street
Horse Cave, Kentucky 42749


More than 50 buildings are listed as a National Register of Historic Places Commercial District in this lovely historic downtown with restored iron storefronts and colorful awnings. The Horse Cave Cultural District, one of the first in the state certified by the Kentucky Arts Council, is anchored by the Kentucky Repertory Theatre and the American Cave Museum. Hidden River Cave snakes under the streets and sidewalks, and the history of a town that developed on top of a cave is shared through stories on the award-winning Horse Cave Stories Cell Phone Tour and website  Catch a professional production, tour the museum and cave, shop for a book or gift, and enjoy the free Thursday evening bluegrass jams at the historic Thomas House. On the award-winning streetscape, you can even trace the pathway of the cave that runs under your feet.

Western Kentucky University

1906 College Heights Blvd.
Bowling Green, Kentucky 42101


Founded in 1906, WKU has one of the most beautiful college campuses in the nation.  WKU is the home of the Hilltoppers, nationally ranked programs such as Photojournalism and Forensics, and the only independent Honors College in Kentucky.  Having more that 20,000 students, WKU offers degrees ranging from Associates to Doctoral level and provides diverse, global learning opportunities.

West Kentucky African American Heritage Center

East 6th and South Morgan Street
Russellville, Kentucky 42276
Research center and hub of historically significant homes.

South Union Shaker Village

850 Shaker Museum Road
Auburn, Kentucky 42206



This former Shaker Village, an inventive, hardworking, religious community, was established in Logan County in 1807 and closed in 1922. The Centre Dwelling House, built in 1824, is now a museum filled with original Shaker furniture, crafts, textiles and personal artifacts. Open daily. Call for hours.

South Union today is more than just a memory. It is a place to visit and learn firsthand about the Shaker way of life. Several of the original buildings have been restored and now house a fine museum of Shaker folklife and material culture, a unique gift shop, and overnight lodgings.

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South Central Kentucky Cultural Center

200 West Water Street
Glasgow, Kentucky 42141


The museum is housed in the old Kentucky Pants Factory in downtown Glasgow. Come join us for a trip back in time at the South Central Kentucky Cultural Center where we are dedicated to telling story of the people, places and events that make up the geographic area known as the "Barrens" - Metcalfe, Allen, Hart and Monroe Counties, as well as Barren County.

Smiths Grove Historic District

Main Street
Smiths Grove, Kentucky 42171
Smiths Grove, an antique shoppers' paradise, welcomes you to its quiet, peaceful, historic community. An important railroad town in its earlier days (1859-1950s) when the famous L&N Line ran through the area and contributed greatly to its growth, it currently claims about 1,000 residents, making it Warren County's second largest city. Many historic buildings, churches and homes remain with architecturally significant designs, many of which are on the National Register.

Riverview at Hobson Grove

1100 W. Main Ave.
Bowling Green, Kentucky 42101
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Riverview at Hobson Grove is the Italianate home of Atwood and Juliet "Julia" van Meter Hobson, was so named because of its proximity to the Barren River. Construction of the hilltop home began in the late 1850s, but was temporarily halted by the Civil War. The partially completed home became a munitions magazine while the Confederates held Bowling Green during the winter of 1861-62. Riverview was finally completed in 1872 and became a centerpiece to the surrounding 400-acre horse and cattle farm.


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