Hit downtown Paducah for some fun times while staying in this little corner of Kentucky. There's a lot of history here, as evidenced by its charming historic downtown area. Staying in a nearby Paducah bed and breakfast allows you to take in all this city has to offer, while enjoying home-cooked meals and some typical Southern hospitality. Choose lodging near the downtown center and you're in for a treat, as there are many historic homes, shops and museums to explore while visiting. It's a city to contend with, as it's moderate in size and is the county seat of McCracken County. A total of 20 of its downtown blocks are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
National Quilt Museum
215 Jefferson Street
Open to the public year round, the National Quilt Museum is a must-see for quilters and non-quilters alike. Check out 150 quilts through a variety of displays and exhibits. Each one tells a story through vibrant colors and patterns. View the changes quilts have undergone over the years, not just in terms of design, but also in terms of how they were created, from thread and needle to computerized systems of today. The Miniature Quilt collection is also here, as are revolving and permanent exhibits chronicling the history of this versatile piece of material.
Alben W Barkley Museum
533 Madison Street
At just $3 for adult admission and $1 for students as of 2010, visiting the Alben W. Barkley Museum is an affordable way to experience the history of downtown Paducah and others areas of the city. It's only on weekends, so plan accordingly. Alben Barkley, the United State's 35th Vice President, is honored here in one of the city's oldest standing structures. Built in 1852, the museum features Alben Barkley memorabilia, photos, genealogy documents and local historical items.
Paducah Railroad Museum
3rd and Washington St., 2nd floor
Sponsored by the Paducah Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society, the city's only railroad museum sits upstairs from the N.C. & St. L. Railway Freight Office. Kids will love the working model train layout, and adults will enjoy reading about local and national history through documents and exhibits. It's open Saturdays and it's free to get in. On display are vintage lanterns, signals, tools, maps, paintings and letters.
Lloyd Tilghman House Civil War Museum
631 Kentucky Avenue
Paducah, KY 42003-1725
Take a break from relaxation at your Paducah inn to tour the Lloyd Tilghman House Civil War Museum. This museum showcases the Civil War in relation to Paducah's own Confederate Brigadier General Lloyd Tilghman, who was Commander of Fort Henry on the Tennessee River. Killed in battle on May 16th, 1863, Tilghman is memorialized in his old house on Kentucky Avenue, which has since been converted to a military museum.
With more historic markers than any other city in the state, downtown Paducah has a rich heritage stretching back many decades.