Camp Nelson, located south of Nicholasville in Jessamine County, was the largest African American recruitment camp in Kentucky and the third largest in the nation. Many of the black recruits, who were emancipated upon enlistment, brought their families with them to Camp Nelson in the hope that they would also be freed or at least escape slavery. About 5,400 slaves enrolled at Camp Nelson. Designated a U.S. cemetery for Union dead in 1867, Camp Nelson remains a military cemetery.
Location: 6614 Danville Pike
Hours & Admission: Tuesday - Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Web site: http://www.campnelson.org/