First Ferry in Kentucky / Col. Richard Callaway
First Ferry in Kentucky. License for first ferry established in state, Oct. 1779, was granted to Col. Richard Callaway by the Virginia legislature. The fare for a man or a horse was three shillings (50 cents). The ferry operated until 1931, when the present bridge was constructed. Its last owner was Colonel David J. Williams. Ferry road remains nearby. Presented by Society of Boonesborough.
Col. Richard Callaway. Born in Caroline County, Virginia, in June, 1722, Richard Callaway served in French and Indian wars and as a colonel in Revolutionary War. He was a member of Virginia House of Burgesses and one of the first settlers of Boonesborough. Callaway was killed by Indians, Mar. 8, 1780, while building this ferry. He is buried near here.
Erected 2014 by Kentucky Historical Society & Kentucky Department of Highways; presented by Society of Boonesborough. (Marker Number 1578.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Patriots & Patriotism
Location. 37° 53.816′ N, 84° 16.049′ W. Marker is near Richmond, Kentucky, in Madison County. Marker can be reached from Boonesboro Road (Kentucky Route 388), on the right when traveling north. The marker is located near the old fort in Fort Boonesborough State Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4302 Boonesboro Rd, Richmond KY 40475, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Col. Richard Callaway / First Ferry in Kentucky (a few steps from this marker); Nathaniel Hart / Home of Capt. Nathaniel Hart (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fort Boonesborough (about 500 feet away); Pioneer National Monument Association (approx. 0.2 miles away); "Divine Elm" (approx. 0.2 miles away); "Sycamore Hollow" (approx. ¼ mile away); Site of Fort Boonesborough 1775-1783 (approx. ¼ mile away); The Fort Boonesborough Monument (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Richmond.
Also see . . . Richard Callaway. (Submitted on November 5, 2017, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee.)
Credits. This page was last revised on January 24, 2021. It was originally submitted on November 5, 2017, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 220 times since then and 13 times this year. Last updated on January 23, 2021, by Frank Profitt of Georgetown, Kentucky. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on November 5, 2017, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. 3. submitted on December 22, 2020, by Frank Profitt of Georgetown, Kentucky. 4, 5, 6. submitted on November 5, 2017, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.