• 10 reasons to visit Perryville

    Perryville is a charming town with a rich history. We've compiled a list of 10 reasons why you should bring your family to visit Perryville. Plan a day trip and you'll see why we take pride in our community. 



    Battle of Perryville State Historic Site

    Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site is one of the bloodiest battles in the Civil War and the most important battle fought in Kentucky.  Visitors from across the country walk over the more than 700 acres of hallowed ground persevered and interpreted battlefield land.  The completely renovated museum is must for history buffs.   Bring a picnic and spend the day.


    Historic Merchants Row

    Historic Merchants Row built in the 1840s is one of the only remaining business districts of that era in America.  Eight buildings along the Chaplin River were built as the original business district in Perryville.  The buildings now owned by the city of Perryville are being preserved to allow visitors a glimpse into the history of a small rural community.


    Kentucky Civil War Heritage Trail System

    Come explore the American Civil War in Kentucky. Visit the site of the bloodiest battlefield in Kentucky as you travel the Kentucky Civil War Heritage Trail System. Civil War battles sites and other Civil War spots are waiting to be discovered. Examine the impact of the Civil War battles in Kentucky as well as the impact on her communities and her people, and to understand Kentucky's role in the issues and challenges of the day.


    Lincoln Heritage National Scenic Byway

    The Lincoln Heritage Scenic Highway, a 72 mile stretch of US 31E and US 150, travels through six communities as it winds its way through the knobs of Kentucky.  The corridor passes though Hodgenville, New Haven, Bardstown, Springfield, Perryville and Danville.  This corridor exhibits significant historic and cultural resources around every turn.  It embraces a set of four strong aspects:  Abraham Lincoln, US History and the Civil War, Bourbon Heritage, and Religious Heritage.


    Haunted Perryville History & Ghost Walk

    Get into the “Spirit” of Historic Perryville as you walk along historic Merchants Row.  Look into the cave where everything started and hear the stories of the supernatural which are a part of the legends of Perryville.



    Overlooking the Chaplin River Elmwood Inn was a well respected girl’s academy in the late 19th century and has been beautifully restored.  It is now a private residence.  On every street in Perryville you see excellent examples of 19th century homes and businesses.  Preservation is an ongoing process.


    Chaplin River

    The river flows through the middle of Perryville, the site of an 1862 American Civil War battle. The stream was a strategic natural resource used by both the Union and Confederate armies, though the river is but a large stream at this point in its journey.


    Enjoy the beauty of the Chaplin River from Baril Park, located behind historic Merchants Row.  Bring a picnic lunch and watch the ducks who patrol the river daily waiting for treats.


    The name comes from Captain Abraham Chapline, an early explorer of the area.


    Antiques Galore

    From high end silver services to primitive tools our local antique shops have a wide variety of items available.  Chaplin River Antiques located in what was Latimers Store has a wide selection of antiques.


    Whether you are looking for a new sofa, flowers for you sweetheart, civil war artifacts or new tires for your car Perryville is the place to shop.


    Rural Mystic

    Located in central Kentucky we are in the north western edge of Boyle County.  In the springtime enjoy the Redbud trees, in summer you can drive along country roads through farm land.  In the fall fantastic colors will greet you.