John Fitch Memorial
After a fresco in the Capitol at Washington which depicts John Fitch at work on the model of his first steamboat to effect a successful voyage
Beneath this monument are interred the mortal remains of John Fitch, Soldier and Inventor, Born at South Windsor, Connecticut, January 21, 1743: Died at Bardstown, Kentucky, July 2, 1798.
At the outbreak of the American Revolution appointed a Lieutenant of a New Jersey company of the First Regiment, and later employed as Armorer for the troops by the Committee of Safety for the Province of New Jersey. In the fall of 1785 he presented drawings of his proposed steamboat to the American Philosophical Society and endeavored to finance experiments by selling maps of his explorations and by petitioning the assemblies of Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania for assistance. On the Delaware River, August 22, 1787, John Fitch launched and successfully operated a steamboat before a distinguished gathering which included the framers of the American Constitution then in session during the years 1786 - 7. Laws granting Fitch exclusive rights to navigate by steam were enacted by several states.
Erected A.D. 1927 in compliance with the Act of Congress Approved February 12, 1926.
Reproduction of a model made by John Fitch in 1786, now in the National Museum at Washington
Topics. This historical marker memorial is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Science & Medicine • Waterways & Vessels. A significant historical date for this entry is January 21, 1828.
Location. 37° 48.561′ N, 85° 27.987′ W. Marker is in Bardstown, Kentucky, in Nelson County. Marker is on U.S. 31E/150, on the right when traveling north. Memorial is on the Northeast quadrant of the town square (town circle), between East Stephen Foster Avenue and North Third Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Bardstown KY 40004, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance
Also see . . . John Finch - Who Made America PBS. (Submitted on June 13, 2014, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
Credits. This page was last revised on October 13, 2021. It was originally submitted on June 12, 2014, by Karl Stelly of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 444 times since then and 34 times this year. Last updated on October 22, 2020, by James King of San Miguel, California. Photos: 1. submitted on June 12, 2014, by Karl Stelly of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. 2. submitted on October 11, 2021, by Mary Helen Scaccia of Carthage, Illinois. 3. submitted on June 12, 2014, by Karl Stelly of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.