“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Valley View in Madison County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)

Valley View Ferry

Valley View Ferry Marker image. Click for full size.
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.
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). Touch for map. The Ferry crosses the Kentucky River. Marker is in this post office area: Richmond KY 40475, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. "Lion of White Hall" (approx. 5.8 miles away); Christopher (Kit) Carson (approx. 9.1 miles away); Kit Carson-Legend of the Old West

Valley View Ferry image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, April 17, 2002
2. Valley View Ferry
(approx. 9.2 miles away); White Oak Pond Church (approx. 9.3 miles away); The Fort Boonesborough Monument (approx. 9.6 miles away); Fort Boonesborough (approx. 9.7 miles away); Nathaniel Hart / Home of Capt. Nathaniel Hart (approx. 9.8 miles away); First Ferry in Kentucky / Col. Richard Callaway (approx. 9.8 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 This marker has been replaced by a Kentucky Historic Marker near the entrance gate on the north side of the creek.
Categories. Waterways & Vessels
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 2, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 169 times since then and 22 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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