The Ferry at Boonesboro


Our first fieldwork in the Kentucky Waterways Project focused on the Boonesborough Ferry, on the Kentucky River. The ferry was the first to operate in Kentucky, as early as 1790. It ceased operation in the 1930’s when a bridge was built across the river just downriver from this location.


Remains of the last iteration of the Boonesboro ferry. This is possibly the ferry in the old photo above.


We took measurements and photos, documenting not only the ferry boat but also some of the related structures on the shore. Thanks to Bella Begley for the photography and braving the downpour that cut short our fieldwork.

Do you have any information or stories related to this ferry? If so, please leave a comment.