Henderson, Kentucky is a small town with a big history; one that includes naturalists, musicians, tobacco, & the creation of national holidays. Here are 6 different ways to dig deep into Henderson’s rich history:
The Depot Community Room & Genealogical Society
The Depot was built in 2005 as a nod to Henderson’s railroad history. It is a replica of the original Union Station Depot built in 1901. The Community Room, located inside the depot, is a repository for items of historical significance in Henderson and Henderson County. Some of the permanent exhibits displayed there include industrious artifacts, railroad history, musical history, and much more!
John James Audubon State Park Museum
The John James Audubon State Park Museum intertwines the lives of John James Audubon and his family within a timeline of world events. There are three galleries that chronicle the Audubon story. Over 200 artifacts are displayed here, including a complete set of his masterwork, The Birds of America.
Audubon Sculpture Walking Tour
The Audubon Sculpture Walking Tour features fifteen cast-bronze sculptures of birds from Audubon’s The Birds of America and one life-sized sculpture of Audubon, himself! There are hidden creatures ranging from bats to turtles on each sculpture.
During tobacco’s heyday, worldwide shipping from Henderson’s riverport earned Henderson the status of the richest community per capita in the United States. This led to the construction of beautiful 19th-century homes and buildings, many of which still stand in Henderson’s historic downtown.
Community Room Walking Tours
Free guided tours are held on the first Saturday of the month from April-November by the Community Room. They discuss various subjects of history in the city, like the originator of Mother’s Day, Henderson’s World War 1, and Industrious Henderson. Each tour meets at 10 a.m. at the depot unless otherwise noted.
There are 19 historical markers in Henderson County and each has its own unique story. Henderson has a rich history and many captivating tales about wars, politicians, artists, holidays, and more. Download the Explore Kentucky History app to see where each historical marker is on the map, and visit this link to read more about them!