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Valley View in Madison County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

Valley View Ferry

 
 
Valley View Ferry Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, April 17, 2002
1. Valley View Ferry Marker
Inscription.  The Valley View Ferry has been operating since 1785 making it the oldest continuously operating business in Kentucky and perhaps the oldest ferry in America. Valley View Ferry was chartered near the community of Valley View, a thriving river town that, at that time, was larger than Lexington.

From 1888-1932, the Richmond-Nicholasville-Irvine-Beattyville Railroad, RNIB, crossed the Kentucky River near this point. The ghostly remains of the support structures are visible just downstream.

Keep Your River Clean
The Valley View Ferry is operated by the Valley View Ferry Authority, a cooperative venture among Fayette, Jessamine, & Madison Counties. Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday: 6am-8pm; Saturday: 8am-6pm; Sunday: 9am-6pm.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Waterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1785.
 
Location. 37° 50.815′ N, 84° 26.101′ W. Marker is in Valley View, Kentucky, in Madison County. Marker is on Tates Creek Road (KY 169). The Ferry crosses the Kentucky River. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Richmond KY 40475, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured

Valley View Ferry image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, April 17, 2002
2. Valley View Ferry
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as the crow flies. Stone Kitchen (approx. 4.6 miles away); Richmond Garden Club (approx. 4.6 miles away); White Hall (approx. 4.6 miles away); Laura Clay (1849-1941) (approx. 4.7 miles away); Mary Barr Clay (approx. 4.7 miles away); Kentucky & the Emancipation Proclamation (approx. 4.7 miles away); White Hall State Historic Site (approx. 4.7 miles away); Abraham Lincoln & Cassius Marcellus Clay (approx. 4.7 miles away).
 
More about this marker. This marker has been replaced by a Kentucky Historic Marker near the entrance gate on the north side of the creek.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on March 2, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 305 times since then and 61 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 2, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
 
Editor’s want-list for this marker. Photo and text of newer marker. • Can you help?

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Oct. 5, 2022