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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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...
The Kentucky Gateway Museum Center, formerly Mason County Museum, is operated by the Maysville and Mason County Library, Historical and Scientific Association chartered by the...
The Knox Historical Museum was established in 1987 to preserve pieces of southeastern Kentucky's past. The museum highlights the area's rich heritage. Exhibits include a recep...
The Paducah Convention & Visitors Bureau,
the official Destination Marketing Organization for Paducah/McCracken
County, is responsible for generating increme...
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...
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...
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.
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...
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...
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