The most unique thing you will find in Vanceburg is a tall memorial to the 107 Union Soldiers from Lewis County who gave their lives fighting for the North during America's Civil War. This monument is said to be the only Union Memorial built by public subscription south of the Mason-Dixon Line, except for those in cemetaries. It is a reminder that many communities, both in the South and the North, were sorely divided during the War Between the States.
Kentucky, which was a a border state during the Civil War, was the birthplace to both Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States of America, and to Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederate States of America
For such a small town, Vanceburg has a very pleasant little park which sits between the downtown area and the Ohio River. Riverview Park is the perfect spot for a picnic, for letting the kids burn off some energy on the playground equipment, or for just relaxing and watching the Ohio river flow by.
One of the best places to eat in Vanceburg is downtown in an old house that has been converted into a restaurant. Each day offers different options. Friday and Saturday are menu days where customers can order steak, chicken, fish, etc. Thursday and Sunday are buffet only. The restaurant is closed Monday-Wednesday. This place provides great down-home Southern cooking.
Favorite Dish: Try their sweet tea!
If you're going to visit Vanceburg you had better have an automobile. This town was first established because of it's location on the Ohio River, but the riverboats don't stop here any more. Later Vanceburg became a railroad town, but Amtrak comes through only three times a week now, from both east and west, but it doesn't stop at the Vanceburg Depot. To catch the train you either have to go to Maysville, KY, 31 miles to the west, or South Shore, KY, 25 miles to the east. the closest a Greyhound bus comes to Vanceburg is Ashland, KY, about 36 miles away.
Vanceburg is a great place to go to get away from the crowds.
Lewis County was named for explorer Meriwether Lewis, leader of the epic Lewis and Clark Expedition, which was the first to travel across the United States to the Pacific Ocean, and back. The county was founded in 1806, just after the famous expedition of 1804-1805.
Lewis County, with about 14,000 residents, has experienced a gradual decline in population over the past many years. About 99% of the population is white, with the remaining people being of mixed races or American Indian.