About WinchesterFounded in 1793, Winchester was named after the former Virginia home of frontiersman John Baker who donated 66 acres of land for the town's creation. The town was given distinction by Henry Clay, “The Great Compromiser,” when he made both his first and last Kentucky speeches in the city.
Early on, Winchester became the marketing center of the agricultural inner Bluegrass Region. Industrial enterprises and manufacturing supplement the economy.
Of interest off SR 1924 is the Civil War Fort at Boonesboro. Built by Union soldiers in 1863, the earthwork fortification was used to defend the ford and ferry at Boonesboro. Today visitors can hike the scenic trail with views of the Kentucky River and see a mural depicting the history of the river. Guided tours are offered by appointment; phone (859) 744-0556. Located on 240 acres of land, the Lower Howard's Creek Nature Preserve offers guided tours of its environment of native flora and fauna; phone (859) 744-4888.
Visitor Centers Winchester/Clark County Tourism Commission 2 S. Maple St. Winchester, KY 40391. Phone:(859)744-0556 or (800)298-9105
Self-guiding ToursThe tourism commission offers guided tours as well as maps and brochures outlining driving and walking tours of area points of interest. One of Kentucky's first guided cellphones tours is offered; highlights include the history of downtown and the Civil War Fort at Boonesboro; phone (859) 592-9166.
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