The Civil War was a complex time and as we celebrate its 150th Anniversary it seems more important than ever to remember and learn about it. Though battles in Kentucky are well known, the movements of Rebel Troops into Indiana are sometimes forgotten. Confederate General John Hunt Morgan used Brandenburg as a headquarters for his raids and strategic planning over the Ohio River Valley. The Driving Tour covers 185 miles in multiple states. We only traveled through the portion of it in Brandenburg and pretty solidly by accident. The portion we saw was enough to get me interested in this "forgotten" part of history.
This is a self-guided tour you can pick up your travel map and guide at the Tourist Information Center near Main Street or the Meade County Public Library which is located at 400 Library Place off Broadway (Highway 448).
They also have several educational products that can be purchased to follow it.
Try and find the Four Civil War Markers in Brandenburg!
They are all following General John Hunt Morgan's trip and raids into Indiana. His headquarters was built by Colonel Robert Buckner in 1855 and though it is a private residence you can view the outside of the building and the marker. If you get out and view the marker you also get a breathtaking view of the Ohio River Valley.
Morgan - On to Ohio (State Marker 529, Main St. at river, Ky 228)
Morgan's Headquarters (State Marker 602, Brandenburg, KY 228)
Morgan's Raiders Camp (State Marker 766, KY 448, W. of Jct. KY 1638, Meade County)
"Sue Mundy" Captured (State Marker 536, 2 mi. E. of Breckinridge Co. line, US 60, Meade Co.)
A lovely 2.5 mile straight paved trail may not be everyone's cup of nature but it is a nice handicap accessible and scenic walk all the same. With lovely little waterfalls, frequent resting points, and gentle slopes this is defiantly an easy walk in my book, but it was a pleasant way to let my dinner settle. It would equally be a great place for a brisk power walk, morning jog, or afternoon bicycle trail. The waterfalls are present and give the sounds of nature an added relaxing punch.
1900 Armory Pl, Brandenburg, KY 40108
Good for: Couples
500 Doe Run Hotel Rd., Brandenburg, Kentucky, 40108, United States
Good for: Business
Hwy 1051 And 448, Brandenburg, KY, 40108
500 Doe Run Hotel Rd., , BRANDENBURG, KENTUCKY 401
Doe Run Inn was originally a Mill built in the 1780s it then became a barn when the mill was closed during the 1800s. Well the building as is now become a hotel in 1901 as a health resort. Thankfully the Inn was sold again in the 1947 and those owners added a restaurant. They have a wonderful back porch with a view of Doe Run Creek. The buffet looked a bit sad but the food we ordered off the menu was hot, fresh, and tasty.
Favorite Dish: The Fried Chicken was hot, crispy and apparently their number 1 bestseller for 70 years. (It makes sense after you have tried it) Perhaps it is because I don’t eat Fried Chicken all that often, is what made it so good; but it was moist, hot, crispy, and well spiced.
Jailhouse Pizza is in a former jail! Shocking, but the current structure built in 1906 is actually the third jail to be built on that site since 1826. The building does have a museum and its cells intact for you to visit. A famous “guest” of the jail was Frank James, the brother of the famous outlaw Jesse James. The building has withstood some serious national disasters (floods and tornado). The Pizza is only one of the reasons people visit this place. They do have Ghost Hunting Packages where you can either overnight in the jail (in the cells if you dare), or just stay for a few hours both complete with beverages, pizza, employees on hand. They also host a Prisoner’s Pardon Challenge. The challenge would seem more than daunting as we had 2-10 inch pizzas and couldn’t finish them; I can only imagine eating 12 pounds of pizza! They describe the challenge and its rewards or punishments; “Jailhouse Prisoner's Pardon Pizza Challenge! 2 People, 12lbs of Pizza, and 60 minutes!!
A team of 2 has 60 minutes to complete the entire pizza to receive ultimate Jailhouse Pizza fame!! This pizza is 30 inches big, weighing in at approximately 12lbs, and your team will have 60 minutes to stomach the whole pie. If you complete the challenge, your meal is absolutely free and your teams photograph will be placed on the JailHouse Pizza Hall of Fame board. Fail to complete the challenge and suffer the Death Row sentence of paying the bill and being sent to the Wall of Shame!!
Cost if not finished is 60$ and either way you will receive 2 free tshirts for your participation
Reservations must be made 24 hrs in advance and we recommend Sunday - Thursday for booking your challenge. We do not accept challenges for Friday and Saturday due to the preparation and accommodations to other guests.
A release waiver must be signed in order to compete in this challenge.”
Favorite Dish: I really liked the Prisoner's White Flag (White Pizza). The Veggie was ok, but I am not sure I would order it again. The view over the Ohio River was equally pleasant.
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