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Munfordville in Hart County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

Amos’ Ferry

1798 - 1906

 
 
Amos' Ferry Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, January 25, 2011
1. Amos' Ferry Marker
Inscription. James Amos, one of the early settlers of the lands on the south bank of Green River, built what became known as the Amos Flatboat Landings in the 1790s - the north and south landings here, along with others at the mouths of Lynn Camp Creek and Little Barren River. The commerce carried by raft and flatboat along these waters supplied vital goods to the first communities along this stretch of Green River.

Amos maintained a ferry between his landings for public transport, and "Amos' Ferry" became a familiar landmark, mentioned in court records as early as 1798. The ferry operated until the 1860s, when Union armies built pontoon bridges that made the ferry unnecessary. Operations resumed after the war, but with the construction of the L&N Turnpike bridge in 1906, the ferry made its last crossing.
 
Erected by City of Munfordville.
 
Location. 37° 16.082′ N, 85° 53.21′ W. Marker is in Munfordville, Kentucky, in Hart County. Marker can be reached from River Road east of Old Street, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Part of a series of markers in Thelma Stovall Park highlighting the history of Munfordville, this marker is situated on the walking track that circles the park. Marker is in this post office area: Munfordville KY 42765, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Amos' Ferry Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, January 25, 2011
2. Amos' Ferry Marker
The Buckner Memorial Bridge (US 31W) is in the background
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Pontooniers! (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Return of the Natives (about 500 feet away); The Great Buffalo Crossing (about 500 feet away); L&N Railroad Bridge (about 700 feet away); The L&N Turnpike (about 700 feet away); Living on the Land (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Pump Tower (approx. 0.2 miles away); Old Munford Inn (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Munfordville.
 
Categories. Bridges & ViaductsIndustry & CommerceSettlements & SettlersWar, US Civil
 
Jenny Lind image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, January 25, 2011
3. Jenny Lind
It is not known how many people crossed on Amos' Ferry, but among the more famous was the celebrated "Swedish Nightingale", opera singer Jenny Lind, during her American tour in 1854. After crossing, she stopped for the night at the Old Munford Inn just up the hill.
Note - See HMDB marker 39989 for more information on the Inn
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 2, 2011, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. This page has been viewed 650 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on February 2, 2011, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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