Through museum exhibits and a short film, the visitor center provides an orientation to the historic events that unfolded at Camp Nelson. Objects on display and museum exhibits provide a window into the role Camp Nelson played during its height as a military installation, supply depot, hospital, recruitment center, and refugee camp.
Other buildings at the National Monument are open to the public for guided tours. Please stop by the visitor center to see when tours are available:
Reconstructed barracks that depict camp life for the thousands of Union soldiers stationed at Camp Nelson
Oliver Perry House “White House” that tells the story of civilian experiences before, during, and after the Civil War.
Over five miles of hiking trails allow visitors to experience first-hand the rolling pastoral landscape of Camp Nelson National Monument. This trail system and numerous interpretive markers provide an opportunity to explore earthworks and fortifications that protected Camp Nelson and allow visitors to walk in the footsteps of soldiers in order to gain an understanding of the sites' significant role during the Civil War.