Perryville Battlefield State Park Off The Beaten Path

  • Merchant's Row, Perryville, Kentucky
    Merchant's Row, Perryville, Kentucky
    by Stephen-KarenConn
  • Merchant's Row, Perryville, Kentucky
    Merchant's Row, Perryville, Kentucky
    by Stephen-KarenConn
  • Merchant's Row, Perryville, Kentucky
    Merchant's Row, Perryville, Kentucky
    by Stephen-KarenConn

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    Baril Park

    by Stephen-KarenConn Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Baril Park along the Chaplin River
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    Baril Park, with an entrance off South Buell Street, includes a very pretty shaded boardwalk along the Chaplin River, which separates the old and newer sections of the town of Perryville.

    Plan a little extra time to take a stroll here and read the many interpretative signs which tell not only of the Battle of Perryville, but also other interesting aspects of Perryville's history.

    A juried craft show is held in the park in early October, during the annual re-enactment weekend of the Battle of Perryville.

    The park is named for Charles A. Baril, who served as Mayor of Perryville from 1979-1985.

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    Perryville Merchant's Row

    by Stephen-KarenConn Updated Jun 18, 2007

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    Merchant's Row, Perryville, Kentucky
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    Although the Battle of Perryville was fought primarily in the countryside, some of the conflict spilled over into the town. As it was in 1862, Perryville is still a very small community and well off the beaten path. Therefore, I will place my tips for the town in this section.

    The old part of the town of Perryville, along South Buell St., is known as Merchant's Row. Here the old homes and shops have been restored to preserve a bit of Perryville as it was in 1862. Along the street are several historical markers which tell the story of the town and its part in the War Between the States. It makes a very pleasant place to take a stroll and contemplate the events that awful October day for which Perryville will always be remembered.

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    Street Fighting in Perryville

    by Stephen-KarenConn Updated Jun 15, 2007

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    South Buell Street in Perryville, Kentucky
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    The area of downtown Perryville saw a limited amount of street fighting during the great Battle of Perryville, when Confederate troops retreated into town, pursued by Federals. The 21st and 38th Illinois regiments drove the Southerners over the shallow Chaplin River and took a position along Merchant's Row.

    Several Confederate prisoners were captured here and Southern supply wagons were taken. Buildings between 2nd and 3rd streets burned during the fight, but most of the town was spared.

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    Karrick-Parks House

    by Stephen-KarenConn Updated Jun 14, 2007

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    The Karrick-Parks House, Perryville, Kentucky
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    The Karrick-Parks House, an impressive two story brick structure at the corner of Buell and W. 4th Street on Merchant's Row, was built in the 1850s. It was purchased in 1856 by James V. Karrick, who moved to Perryville from Shelby County, Kentucky. He lived here with his wife, Harriett, and their eight children.

    Confederate officers lodged here on the night of October 7, before the battle the next day. The Karrick family was warned to vacate the town as a battle was pending, although at the time neither the Confederates nor the Union knew exactly when or how it would take place. The Karricks returned to their home on the day after the battle and fortunately found that it survived with little damage.

    The house was used as a hospital for a period of time after the battle.

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