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Native American Heritage

Although there were Native Americans in Kentucky in prehistoric times, when explorers and settlers began entering Kentucky in the mid-1700s, there were no permanent Kentucky Indian tribes or Native American settlements in the region. Instead of serving as a home for Kentucky Indian tribes, the country was used as common hunting grounds by Shawnees  from the north and Cherokees from the south. The Iroquois  also claimed their possession until 1768, though did not occupy them.

Today, several sites preserve the heritage of Native Americans in Kentucky, a vital part of the long history of Kentucky
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Kentuckys Southern Shorelines Bowling Green, KY
There's Only One...Lost River Cave. Lost River Cave offers Kentucky's Only Underground Boat Tour • Butterfly Habitat (Seasonal) • Scenic Nature Trails • K...
Western Wetlands Paducah, KY
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Western Wetlands Hopkinsville, KY
The Trail of Tears Commemorative Park is situated on a portion of the campground used by the Cherokees on the infamous Trail of Tears and includes the grave sites of Chiefs Wh...
Western Wetlands Princeton, KY
Princeton was on the overland route taken by a majority of the Cherokees on the Trail of Tears. The first major group of emigrating Cherokees to pass through Princeton, Novemb...
Western Wetlands Wickliffe, KY
Tour a Native American archaeological site with exhibits from excavations of the 1930's and museum of the Mississippian Indian culture that dates back to 1100AD.
Bluegrass Region Union, KY
New Museum Now Open Big Bone Lick’s museum exhibits are fresh and new! The park, in cooperation with the Friends of Big Bone and the Cincinnati Museum Center, worked to...
Bourbon, Horses & History Winchester, KY
The Bluegrass Heritage Museum brings the history of the area to life for both the old and young by collecting, preserving and exhibiting objects valuable to the history of Win...
Daniel Boone Country Middlesboro, KY
There's Only One...Cumberland Gap. Cumberland Gap National Park has a lot to offer: rich history, spectacular scenery, impressive vistas, unique geologic sandstone formations...
Northern Kentucky River Region Elizabethtown, KY
Since opening its doors in the fall of 2003, the Hardin County History Museum has been collecting and preserving artifacts, documents and other memorabilia that tells the s...
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