Labor Day at Fort Duffield

Kentucky’s largest and best-preserved Civil War earthen fortification sits 300 feet above the small river town of West Point, in Northern Hardin County, Kentucky just outside Jefferson County off U.S. Hwy 31W/Dixie Hwy.  It was built in the fall of 1861 to protect Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman’s supply base in West Point at the confluence of the Salt and Ohio Rivers.

The Labor Day Living History program at Fort Duffield is an educational and entertaining experience for the whole family. Union and Confederate reenactors bring to life the history of one of Kentucky’s nearly forgotten Civil War treasurers and the daily life of the Civil War soldier. The day will include continuous presentations on weapons & uniforms, Infantry Firings, Civil War Music Concert by the 1st Kentucky Brigade Band, 3 PM.

Actors will be portraying, Gov & Mrs. (Lucinda) John LaRue Helm, Portrayed by Steve & Lisa Lindsey of Elizabethtown, KY Gov. & Mrs. Helm will talk to visitors about their loyalty to preserving the Union and the conflict caused by their son Ben Hardin Helm who became a Confederate General. The day will also include Monie Matthews, Historian & Story Teller, Souvenirs, food and Fun for All Ages.



Monday, September 6, 2010, 12 Noon – 5 PM, There is a suggested donation of $3.00 per person or $7.00 per family (parents and all children under age 18). All proceeds benefit the continuing restoration, maintenance and interpretation of Fort Duffield. The entrance to Fort Duffield is on Dixie Highway (U.S. 31W) at Salt River Dr. just 7.5 miles south of the Gene Snyder Freeway (Hwy 841) and 9 miles north of the main entrance to Fort Knox. Shuttle service is available for those unable to walk the 1/4 mile trail to the fort. Take a virtual tour of Fort Duffield online at For information or to arrange group tours, contact: Fort Duffield Heritage Committee (502) 922-4574 or   Visit historic West Point, Kentucky on line at


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