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 once called Henderson home. Audubon spent time here in the 1800s studying the birds that travel through this area on their migratory routes. Handy, also known as the “Father of the Blues”, wrote that his time spent in Henderson greatly impacted the music he would later write.
In 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 tobaccos’ heyday. This led to the construction of many of the beautiful homes and buildings still standing in the historic downtown district.
This charming town is now known best for its friendly people, incredible bird-watching opportunities, rich music heritage, and delicious barbecue. Enjoy a day of throughbred horse-racing at Ellis Park Race Course, take a walking tour of the historic downtown or enjoy fishing and birding opportunties at Audubon State Park or the Sloughs Management Wildlife Area. Come for our famous blues and bluegrass music festivals, free to the public with top-notch entertainment and fun activities, or spend an afternoon in one of our many parks and cool off in the Riverfront Fountains.
Whether you’re interested in the great outdoors, the arts, or shopping – there’s so much to do you’ll need more than a day to explore the area. Escape to Henderson and discover the area’s rich history, impressive attractions, comfortable lodging, and variety of dining experiences.