Jefferson Davis Monument State Historic Site, 258 Pembroke-Fairview Rd. in southwest Kentucky, marks the birthplace of the Kentucky native who became president of the Confederate States of America. The Confederacy’s only president, Davis remained loyal to the cause all his life. The 351-foot obelisk is one of the nation’s largest monuments. The visitor center museum has interpretive exhibits and a brief video about Davis and the building of the monument. Visitors can ride an elevator to the top of the monument.
Davis played an active role in the early years of the United States; he was a presidential elector, congressman and secretary of war before the secession of the South. As a strong supporter of states' rights, Davis upheld the secession as legal under the original Constitution.
Picnicking is permitted. Time: Allow 1 hour minimum.