Mill Springs Battlefield Visitor Center and Museum
The National Park Service operates a Visitor Center and Museum in Nancy, KY. A free 20-minute film about the Battle of Mill Springs is available for viewing in the Visitor Center. There are restrooms and a research library. The museum features the Combat on the Cumberland exhibit with Civil War artifacts and replicas.
Mill Springs National Cemetery lies next door to the visitor center.
Much of the battlefield can be seen from public roadways. The Mill Springs Battlefield Association developed a 10-stop Driving Tour, designed to start at the visitor center. All stops on the tour are marked with large signs. There are also informative signs to help you understand a site's significance. Parking is limited at certain stops. Note that the Cumberland River flows through the area, meaning drivers will have to retrace their steps.
Pulaski County donated this park to the National Park Service, making up part of the new national monument. It is situated amid rolling fields and forest land that make up the core battlefield area. Zollicoffer Park is named for the Confederate general that died there. The 1/2 mile (0.8 km) Ravine Trail takes hikers down into a ravine, crossing historic battlelines. Signs along the way explain key battle events. Good shoes are recommended.
Built before the Civil War, the Brown-Lanier House was traditionally home to families that operated the nearby grist mill. The historic farmhouse became headquarters for generals on both sides of the fighting, before and after the Battle of Mill Springs. Today the Mill Springs Battlefield Association offers seasonal guided tours on site (Memorial Day to Labor Day). Tours are conducted Friday and Saturday 10 AM to 4PM and Sundays 1 PM to 4 PM at a fee of $2 per person.
Mill Springs Mill
Sitting on the shores of Lake Cumberland and fed by springs, the historic grist mill was restored complete with working water wheel. The Army Corps of Engineers operates the mill, which is open for tours seasonally, on weekends and holidays. You can check out their Mill Video Tour any time of year.
Last updated: October 26, 2023