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Visit the Historic Sites

There are four historic buildings located in the Battlefield Park area where much of the 1862 Battle of Richmond took place. What follows is a profile of each of these structures.

Palmer House

The William Butner-Thomas Palmer House is a brick, story and a half hall and parlor plan structure built prior to 1834. The residence was used as a field hospital and landmark during the Battle of Richmond, Kentucky, on August 29 and 30, 1862.

Mt. Zion Church

One of the key events in the 150-year-plus history of Mt. Zion Christian Church was its use as a Federal field hospital during the U.S. Civil War Battle of Richmond. Mt. Zion was used as the chief hospital for both Union and Confederate troops.

Madison County Courthouse

The Madison County Courthouse was designed by Col. Thomas Lewinski and built in 1848/1852 at a cost of $40,000. It is an excellent example of an antebellum public building in Kentucky. Federal army medical director Dr. Bernard J.D. Irwin commandeered the courthouse (along with the Madison Female Institute) as hospitals in late August 1862.

© BORA 2012 101 Battlefield Memorial Highway Richmond, KY 40475-8337 859.624.0013 The Battle of Richmond Association is not responsible for scheduling the use of parks or recreation activities in Madison County, Richmond or Berea

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