Barr Reintroduces Camp Nelson Heritage Park Study Act

Legislation marks important step toward incorporating historic site into the National Park System.

April 10, 2017

Congressman Andy Barr (R-KY) reintroduced the Camp Nelson Heritage Park Study Act.  The legislation authorizes the Department of the Interior to study the feasibility of incorporating the historic site in Jessamine County into the National Park System.  The study would be paid for with existing funding to the Department of the Interior and would not require additional appropriations. The legislation is cosponsored by Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge (D-OH).

“The Camp Nelson Heritage Park should be part of the National Park System because it is a significant historic site of national importance,” said Congressman Barr.  “The legislation I introduced with Congresswoman Fudge begins the process of incorporating Camp Nelson into the National Park System which will help us share this important story in with more Americans and bring more visitors to Central Kentucky.”

“Given Camp Nelson’s connection to Ohio and its significance to Black soldiers during the Civil War, designating the historic site in the National Park System is long overdue,” said Congresswoman Fudge. “I appreciate Congressman Barr’s efforts to make this distinction possible and am pleased to join him on this legislation.”