Located along the Ohio River, Henderson, Kentucky is home to more than 28,000 people who know the area as both "Kentuckiana" and the "Tri-State Area." For more than a century, the Southern Cherokee Nation has called Henderson home. Boasting a rich history and dozens of attractions, Henderson is a down-to-Earth city that visitors will love.
Founded in the late 1700s, the city is named after Richard Henderson, a North Carolina judge that attempted to purchase more than 17 million acres of land. The Virginia General Assembly voided the purchase, instead granting Henderson 200,000 acres. After hiring the famous Daniel Boone to survey the land, Henderson died before the town began development.
One notable aspect about Henderson is the wide roads that were created to prevent a fire from spreading block to block. Officially incorporated in 1840, Henderson became a major producer of tobacco, exporting much of the product to Great Britain. After Great Britain set a high tariff on imported tobacco, Henderson's export market declined dramatically. The final tobacco facility closed its doors in 1984.
Today, there's still plenty of attractions that are unique to Henderson. Take the John James Audubon Museum for example. A painter by trade, John James Audubon was famous for his detailed paintings of birds and was a lover of nature. As such, the museum features a Nature Center that includes a wildlife Observation Room, a hands-on Discovery Center, and an educational Learning Center.
For those who love the outdoors, the Audubon State Park covers 700 acres. With secluded cottages, it makes for a great weekend getaway. Activities include camping, golf, hiking, paddleboat rentals, and more.
For a taste of locality, the Ruby Moon Vineyard & Winery is always welcoming visitors with open arms. Stop in for a sample of the award-winning wines, take a walk through the vineyard itself, and sit back and relax on the blue stone patio.
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