Museums & History

Since 1797, Henderson, Kentucky, located on the banks of the beautiful Ohio River, has provided commerce and inspired two renowned artists.

Naturalist John James Audubon and blues musician W.C. Handy both once called Henderson home. Audubon spent time here in the 1800s studying the birds that travel through this area on their migratory routes.

At the end of the 19th century, Henderson held a unique place in history due to the export business of dark tobacco. Worldwide shipping from Henderson’s river port resulted in Henderson becoming the richest community per capita in the United States during tobacco’s heyday.This led to the construction of many of the beautiful homes and buildings still standing in the historic downtown district.

John James Audubon Museum

The museum interprets Audubon’s life through his art and personal memorabilia, framed within a timeline of world events. The Nature Center comprises three areas: a wildlife Observation Room; the Discovery Center with hands-on exhibits; and the Learning Center, where the park naturalist and art educator conduct environmental and art programs. And a giant bird’s nest is the centerpiece of the Discovery Center, with hands-on exhibits and educational programs.

2910 US Highway 41 N, Henderson, Kentucky, (270) 826-2247

The Community Room

Located in the heart of Henderson, The Depot is a replica of the original 1901 train depot and stands as an example of the city’s commitment to preserving the past, while embracing Henderson’s future. The Community Room showcases the history of the city and provides a number of resources for the community. Special events such as guided Walking Tours, the Folklife Festival and River Heritage Day are a few of the activities the Community Room staff features each year.

101 N. Water Street, Henderson, Kentucky, (270) 830-9707

Historical & Genealogical Society

Connected to The Community Room is the Historical & Genealogical Society. This group is a great resource for those doing family research or looking for historical background. They work to raise awareness on the history of Henderson. On their website, you can find information such as bible records, churches, census records, cemeteries, family pages and a brief history of The Depot. They are open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10am-4pm and by appointment.

101 N. Water Street, Henderson, Kentucky, (270) 830-7514

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