Hours of Operation:
Open March 1, 2017
Individuals: $5 per person; Families (2 adults and 4 children): $12; Groups of 5-15: $3 per person; Groups of 16-50: $2 per person; College Students, Military and Seniors: $2 per person.
Special rates for school groups. Call (606) 636-4045 for more information.
The Mill Springs Battlefield Visitor Center & Museum was established November 4, 2006, with the purpose of acquiring and distributing knowledge, and to preserve and exhibit objects, illustrating the history and importance of the Battle of Mill Springs and the preservation of battlefield land.
The building is located beside the Mill Springs National Cemetery, itself an historic site, on the northernmost edge of the Battlefield. The southern exposure from the plaza allows the visitor to look toward the battlefield, across what would have been the camps of the Union troops. The building was intentionally situated on this spot so that it would not impact or desecrate known battlefield. The facility has 60 parking places and room for two buses. It is handicapped accessible.
The facility consists of a central foyer with a workstation for greeters to sit and welcome the visitor. This location serves as a "command center" for the battlefield. Here you can obtain information about the battlefield, where to start the driving tour, special events that are planned and directions for your visit. Off of the foyer are the restrooms, the Hal Rogers Community Room, library, legacy room, the interpretative hall, and the gift shop.
The Museum is now the home of Combat On the Cumberland, an exhibit featuring the Battle of Mill Springs. Education, interpretation and preservation in a permanent format will be the order of the day.
Hal Rogers Community Room
The Hal Rogers Community Room is the theatre for the showing of our professionally produced video called "The Battle of Mill Springs." This 20-minute presentation sets the stage for the first time visitors' experience of the Battlefield. The Hal Rogers Community Room is also available for rental by individuals or groups needing a location for meetings, luncheons or other gatherings. Please call the museum for scheduling.
Civil War Library
The library houses an extensive collection of Civil War research books and other materials, many of which were donated by the late Professor Ewald Kockritz of the University of Florida. Anyone interested in information about the Civil War is invited to use the facility. We also have collections of letters, diary entries and other information from soldiers who were in the Battle. We invite anyone with letters, diaries or similar material to provide us with the originals or copies for our records.
The gift shop is fully stocked with a variety of items from books, souvenirs and clothing to mementos made from actual pieces of the Zollie Tree. We hope that anyone considering a gift for a special occasion will shop in our store. All items are reasonably priced and proceeds are used to help support the Visitors Center. Remember that MSBA members receive discounts on all items purchased with the exception of our Zollie Tree items.