The City of Perryville

The City of Perryville (HMV8Q)

Location: Perryville, KY 40468 Boyle County
Country: United States of America

N 37° 38.952', W 84° 57.099'

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Perryville

— The Battle for Kentucky October 8, 1862 —

The area that became Perryville was first settled between 1776 and 1780 by a group of Virginians led by James Harbison. The settlement became known as Harbison's Station, and a stockade was built around a cave that exists today behind 403 South Buell Street. Settlers poured into the surrounding region in the decades after Kentucky achieved statehood in 1792.

Perryville was incorporated as a city on January 17, 1817. It was named in honor of Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry, a War of 1812 naval hero and victor of the Battle of Lake Erie. Buell Street (which runs behind you) was originally the city's Main Street, and in the 1830s and 1840s a commercial center called Merchant's Row (today the 300 and 400 blocks of South Buell Street) grew along the Chaplin River.

By 1860 Perryville numbered approximately 350 residents. The Battle of Perryville on October 8, 1862, forever changed this small Kentucky town and remains the definitive event in its history. Union and Confederate infantry fought in the streets, and several buildings were struck by artillery fire or burned. Wounded from both sides sought shelter in the city, and Perryville served as a hospital for several months after the engagement. After the war Perryville's streets were renamed for Union and Confederate generals.

Perryville continued to prosper into the 20th Century. Temperance crusader Carrie A. Nation spent her formative years here, and local legend states that the first taverns she broke up were along South Buell Street. National figures with Perryville ties include Moneta Sleet, Jr., who won a Pulitzer Prize for photography in 1969; singer/songwriter Kendall Hays; singer Eddie Montgomery; and actor George Clooney.
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Placed ByThe Perryville Enhancement Project and the Louisville Civil War Roundtable
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Date Added Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 at 9:45pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 680702 N 4168867
Decimal Degrees37.64920000, -84.95165000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 38.952', W 84° 57.099'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 38' 57.12" N, 84° 57' 5.94" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)859
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 260-298 Jane Todd Crawford Trail, Perryville KY 40468, US
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