Jefferson Davis State Historic Site

J. Stephen Conn

A state park honoring confederate leader Jefferson Davis will play host to its first Independence Day celebration this weekend. The “Friends of Jefferson Davis Historic Site” suggested the Fairview park host the event. The decision comes despite national controversy over the confederate flag and its heritage.  Parks Manager Rod Syndor denies any controversy at his park and said the celebration will be focused on U.S. independence.

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  Kentucky Attorney General and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jack Conway says the Jefferson Davis statue in the Capitol rotunda belongs elsewhere, and he’ll urge the agency that oversees the state’s historic properties to move it.

This Saturday, members of the 12th Colored Heavy Artillery Living History Program brings the battlefield to life with a presentation at the Jefferson Davis State Historic Site in Fairview, Kentucky. The program includes a cannon fire and a presentation on camp life, how the cannon crew operates, and the impact colored troops had on the Civil War and its outcome. Kate Lochte speaks with Park Manager Ron Sydnor on Sounds Good.


  This weekend brings re-enactors to the Jefferson Davis State Historic Site  in Fairview to commemorate Davis' birthday, June 3.  We speak with the park manager, Ron Sydnor, about three days of activities.

Site Celebrates Jefferson Davis' Birthday

May 29, 2012

The Jefferson Davis State Historic Site in Fairview is marking the sesquicentennial of the Civil War with a commemoration of the Confederate president’s 204th birthday this weekend.