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John James Audubon State Park
U.S. National Register of Historic Places
U.S. Historic District
Wilderness Lake at Audubon State Park.
John James Audubon State Park is located in Kentucky
Location: US 41, Henderson, Kentucky
Coordinates: 37°52′56″N 87°32′53″W / 37.88222°N 87.54806°W / 37.88222; -87.54806Coordinates: 37°52′56″N 87°32′53″W / 37.88222°N 87.54806°W / 37.88222; -87.54806
Built/Founded: 1934
Architect: Donald Corley; Bernard Alves
Architectural style(s): Late 19th And 20th Century Revivals, Norman Revival
Governing body: State
Added to NRHP: March 10, 1988
NRHP Reference#: 87002220[1]

John James Audubon State Park is located on U. S. Highway 41 in Henderson, Kentucky, just south of the Ohio River. Its inspiration is John James Audubon, the ornithologist, naturalist and painter who resided in Henderson from 1810 to 1819 when Henderson was a frontier village.

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History

Audubon operated small businesses there with mixed success, but his passion was exploring the forests of the region and sketching and painting wildlife, particularly birds. The park was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1988.

Description

Audubon Park consists of approximately 700 acres (2.8 km2), primarily hilly forests that include a 338-acre (1.4 km2) state nature preserve with old-growth trees and trails.

Highlights include the internationally acclaimed Audubon Museum that features numerous valuable examples of Audubon art as well as a gift shop and nature center; a nine-hole golf course; six cottages; a 69-acre (280,000 m2) campground that can accommodate tents and campers; a 28-acre (110,000 m2) manmade fishing lake with rental pedal boats; 6.5 miles (10.5 km) of forest hiking trails; tennis courts; four picnic shelters; and playground.

A variety of year-round, interpretive programs are conducted under the direction of a full-time naturalist and museum educator. Programs focus on art history, as well as native plants, animals, conservation and recycling.

Audubon Park receives local support from a not-for-profit organization, the Friends of Audubon.

References

  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. http://www.nr.nps.gov/.  

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