“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Frankfort in Franklin County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)

Great Buffalo Trace

Buffalo Trace Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lee Wilkerson, October 2, 2003
1. Buffalo Trace Marker
Inscription.  On July 16th, 1773, James McAfee, George McAfee, Robert McAfee, James McCoun, Jr., Samuel Adams, and Hancock Taylor, following the Buffalo Trace from Big Bone Lick, crossed the Kentucky River at this point and made the first survey upon it. Here in the summer of 1775, Hancock Lee, Willis Lee, Cyrus McCracken and "a few comrades" established Lee's Town, at which George Rogers Clark lived for a time and expected to make his home.

Here Willis Lee was killed by Indians in 1776, and the settlement temporarily scattered, but in 1789 it was flourishing and an important stopping place, both for travelers on the river and for those who followed the buffalo trace.

Erected by the Susannah Hart Shelby Chapter N.S.D.A.R. Frankfort, Kentucky July 10, 1931
Erected 1931 by N.S.D.A.R. Frankfort, Kentucky.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Landmarks.
Location. 38° 12.759′ N, 84° 52.113′ W. Marker is in Frankfort, Kentucky, in Franklin County. Marker can be reached from
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Great Buffalo Trace (U.S. 60). Buffalo Trace Distillery grounds near the clubhouse. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 113 Great Buffalo Trace, Frankfort, KY 40601, Frankfort KY 40601, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Leestown (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Franklin County Hemp / Hemp in Kentucky (approx. 0.2 miles away); Glen Willis (approx. ¼ mile away); Buffalo Trace (approx. ¼ mile away); Buffalo Trace Distillery (approx. 0.3 miles away); Buffalo Trace Distillery - - Warehouse C (approx. 0.3 miles away); Locks and Dams (approx. 0.7 miles away); Dry Stone Masonry in Kentucky (approx. ¾ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Frankfort.
Also see . . .  Leestown Origin Map. (Submitted on May 27, 2012, by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania.)
Additional keywords. Buffalo Trace, Leestown, Kentucky
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on May 26, 2012, by Lee Wilkerson of Livonia, Michigan. This page has been viewed 457 times since then and 14 times this year. Last updated on May 27, 2012, by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania. Photo   1. submitted on May 26, 2012, by Lee Wilkerson of Livonia, Michigan. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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Aug. 4, 2020