Press Release For Immediate Release
The National Park Service (NPS) is conducting a special resource study of the Mill Springs Battlefield in Kentucky. On December 19, 2014, Congress passed legislation (Public Law 113—291, Title XXX, Subtitle D, Sec. 3051) authorizing the Secretary of the Interior to undertake a study in order to examine the national significance of the battlefield, and determine if it would be suitable and feasible to designate the battlefield as a new unit of the national park system.
The Battle of Mill Springs was fought on January 19, 1862, and was the first significant Union victory of the American Civil War. The battle was fought near Nancy, Kentucky, with Confederate fortifications on both sides of the Cumberland River in Wayne County. The Union victory resulted in the collapse of the Confederate defensive line in eastern Kentucky, leaving the region under Federal control. Recognized for its importance to Civil War history, the Mill Springs Battlefield was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1994, including sites in both Pulaski and Wayne Counties.
Based on legislative guidance, the National Park Service will focus this study on battlefield lands that comprise the existing National Historic Landmark boundary related to the battle of Mill Springs. Some of the battlefield lands are currently owned by the Mill Springs Battlefield Association—a non-profit organization that was established in 1992 to preserve, protect, maintain, and interpret the Mill Springs Battlefield. Additional lands and resources associated with the Mill Springs Battlefield may also be identified through this study process.
The National Park Service will hold two meetings to share the overall study process with the public. These meetings will also provide an opportunity for the public to share their thoughts and ideas on potential of National Park Service designation for the Mill Springs Battlefield. The dates, times, and locations of the two meetings are listed below:
• Monday January 4, 2016 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Mill Spring Battlefield Visitor Center
9020 West Highway
Nancy, Kentucky 42544
• Tuesday January 5, 2016 6:00 – 8:00 PM
90 Airport Rd.
Monticello, Kentucky 42633
The study will take place over the next two years. At the conclusion of the special resource study process, the National Park Service through the Secretary of the Interior will submit its findings to Congress. Congress will then determine whether Mill Springs Battlefield should be added to the national park system. Only Congress has the authority to designate a new unit of the National Park Service.
If you have questions about the special resource study, please visit the Mill Springs Special Resource Study project website at:
This website will provide study status updates as well as opportunities for the public to provide their comments and feedback on this planning effort.
National Park Service
When you’re visiting Wayne County and Lake Cumberland, be sure to check out Mill Springs Park during your time off the water. The park includes picnic tables, shelters, and grills for that perfect summer cookout anytime. The park also includes a gift shop where you can find that original item you’ve been looking for. Don’t forget to take a tour of the historic mill, watch a live grinding and buy some corn meal produced at the mill, or visit the Brown-Lanier House.
Make the short drive into Monticello to visit the Wayne County Museum. The museum features all kinds of historical pieces, displays, and information about Wayne County and the Lake Cumberland area. Guided tours are available and admission is free. The Monticello/Wayne County Park is a great place to spend an afternoon off the water. The park offers over 86 acres of tennis courts, basketball courts, baseball and softball fields, volleyball, miniature golf, walking trails, and many shelter houses that are perfect for a picnic. The Aspire Community Center has a public pool that is open 7 days per week from 12:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. to cool off on hot summer days. The center also has walking trails, a gymnasium, and meeting rooms.
Special events are held throughout the year all across Monticello and Wayne County. Every Saturday morning, the Wayne County Farmers’ Market is open from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. EST in historic downtown Monticello at the Wayne County Marketplace. Every third Thursday of the month, from May through August, downtown Monticello hosts a free concert on the square. The 3rd Thursday Concert Series hosts a car show at 7:00 p.m. and the music starts at 8:00 p.m. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy the free entertainment. Check this site often to find all the information you need about special events in Wayne County and on Lake Cumberland.
Make plans now to enjoy your vacation on Lake Cumberland. We are certain you will enjoy your time in this beautiful area and we look forward to seeing you here!
After a day of skiing, tubing, fishing, swimming, or just soaking in the sun, nothing could be more relaxing than watching the sunset on Lake Cumberland. Few places on earth are as beautiful! When visiting Wayne County and looking for something to do off the water, be sure to head in to Monticello on Saturday mornings to visit the new Farmers’ Market Pavilion in Historic Downtown. The market is open every Saturday from 8:00 a.m. until noon.
While you’re in town, don’t miss your chance to stop by the Wayne County Historical Museum to learn all about the history of Wayne County and the Lake Cumberland area. The Monticello/Wayne County Memorial Park is also a great place to spend the day. The park offers over 86 acres of tennis courts, basketball courts, baseball and softball fields, volleyball, miniature golf, walking trails, and many shelter houses that are perfect for a picnic.
If you’re in town on the 3rd Thursday of the month, make a trip downtown for the free concert series. The music gets underway every 3rd Thursday at 8:00 p.m. Also, no trip to the Lake Cumberland area is complete without visiting historic Mill Springs Mill and Park. The park is operated by the Corps of Engineers and has a gift shop for those souvenirs you can’t find anywhere else. We hope you enjoy your time in Wayne County and look forward to seeing you here!
Wayne County is in the “Heart of Lake Cumberland” and has more lake access than any other county. There is nothing quite like spending a summer vacation on the water. Make plans now to visit for a day, weekend, or a whole week and make memories that will last a lifetime.
When you need a break from the water, be sure to head in to Monticello every Saturday morning to visit the newly constructed Farmers’ Market located in historic downtown. Also, don’t forget Memorial Park. The park is located just minutes from downtown on Michigan Avenue and has 86 acres of tennis courts, basketball courts, baseball and softball fields, volleyball courts, miniature golf, playgrounds, walking trails, and plenty of shelter houses for a great family picnic.
Downtown Monticello is also home to the Wayne County Museum that contains many exhibits about Wayne County and Lake Cumberland. It is a must see for anyone interested in the history of the area. A trip to Lake Cumberland is not complete without visiting Mill Springs Mill and park. The park is operated by the Corps of Engineers and is a great place to spend a day off the water.
Memorial Day weekend is the official start to vacation season in Wayne County and on Lake Cumberland. If you enjoy fishing, skiing, boating, camping, learning about the history of the area or just being in the great outdoors, Wayne County is the place to be. There is always plenty going on during the holiday weekend. The 19th Annual Woman’s Club Cornbread Festival will be held Saturday, May 26th at Historic Mill Springs Park. Arts and crafts vendors will be on site along with several food vendors to take care of the biggest appetite. Be sure to watch the grinding exhibition at the Mill at 2:00 p.m. EST on Saturday and visit the gift shop for one of a kind treasures to take back home or give to someone special.
For more information on all the events going on be sure to check the calendar section on this site. We hope you enjoy your time in Wayne County and on Lake Cumberland. Don’t miss out on any of the happenings in the area if you are visiting over the Memorial Day weekend. If you aren’t able to make it for the start of the season, make plans now to visit soon. We look forward to seeing you!
3rd Thursday is a free concert series that runs from May through September on the square in Historic Downtown Monticello. Every month a new band will be performing starting at 8:00 p.m. EST. The concerts will feature different genres of music including classic rock, country, lake themed music, oldies, and more. Bring your lawn chairs to dowtown Monticello for a great night of music every 3rd Thursday of the month. Vendors will be on location serving food and drinks along with the different restaraunts in the downtown area.
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Lake Cumberland is a great place to enjoy the outdoors and lots of beautiful scenery. Sunsets on the lake are the perfect way to end a great day relaxing on the water.
When you need a break from the water, be sure to head in to Monticello every Saturday morning for the Farmer’s Market or visit Memorial Park. The park has 86 acres of tennis courts, basketball courts, baseball and softball fields, volleyball courts, playgrounds for the kids and plenty of shelter houses for a great family picnic.
Downtown Monticello is also home to the Wayne County Museum with many exhibits about Wayne County and Lake Cumberland. It is a must see for anyone interested in the history of the area. Also, a visit to Lake Cumberland is not complete without visiting historic Mill Springs Mill and park. The park is operated by the Corps of Engineers and is a great place to spend a day off the water.
Conley Bottom Resort
Wayne County is the home of two world class marinas. Beaver Creek Resort and Conley Bottom Resort offer pontoon, runabout, jet ski, and houseboat rentals for your time on the water. Conley Bottom also has camping, RV sites, and cabin rentals for your time off the water. Visit www.conleybottom.com
for more information. Wayne County’s marinas provide easy access to all parts of Lake Cumberland and Wayne County has more lake access than any other county on the lake.
Beaver Creek Resort
There is always plenty to do in Wayne County when you need a break from the water. Every Saturday morning, the Farmer’s Market is open in downtown Monticello. Beautiful Memorial Park has 86 acres of fields, tennis courts, basketball courts, shelter houses for picnics and much more. Also, don’t forget Mill Springs Park. The park is full of history dating back to the Civil War and is a great place to spend an afternoon. Be sure to check out the events section of this site to get all the latest news on upcoming events in the Lake Cumberland area.
Vacation season on Lake Cumberland officially starts this weekend and there is always plenty to do. If you like boating, camping, fishing, hiking, or just strolling through beautiful parks learning about the area’s history, Wayne County is the place to be. Rent a boat from one of our two world class marinas, charter a private fishing trip with one of our great local guides, enjoy an afternoon in the 86 acre Monticello/Wayne County Memorial Park, visit the downtown Farmer’s Market and Wayne County Museum, or check out all the history and natural beauty at Mill Springs Park. Whatever you decide, you and your family are sure to have a great time.
Don’t forget the 18th Annual Monticello Woman’s Club Cornbread Festival at Mill Springs Park this Saturday. Arts and Crafts vendors will be on site for the event. The meal gets started at 11:00 a.m. and finishes at 1:00 p.m but the fun lasts all day. After eating and browsing the Gift Shop, take a trip back in time and watch the Mill in operation like it was many years ago. Tours of the Mill will be available and you can even purchase cornmeal that was ground in the Mill.
For more information on Mill Springs Park visit www.lrn.usace.army.mil/history/mill_springs_park.htm
Have a great weekend in Wayne County, “The Heart of Lake Cumberland.”