Fort Nelson, built in 1781 by Richard Chenoweth, was the second on-shore fort on the Ohio River in the area of what is now downtown Louisville, Kentucky. Year 1781 ( MDCCLXXXI) was a Common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar (or a Common The Chenoweth Massacre was the last major Native American raid in present day Jefferson County Kentucky ( Louisville Metro) The Ohio River is the largest Tributary by volume of the Mississippi River. Downtown Louisville is the largest central business district in the state of Kentucky and the urban hub of the Louisville Kentucky Metropolitan Area Fort-on-Shore, the downriver and first on-shore fort, had proved to be insufficient barely three years after it was established. Fort-on-Shore, built in 1778 by William Linn, was the first on-shore fort on the Ohio River in the area of what is now downtown Louisville Kentucky In response to continuing attacks from Native Americans and the threat of British attacks during the Revolutionary War, Fort Nelson was constructed between what is currently Main Street and the river, with its main gate near Seventh Street. Native Americans in the United States are the indigenous peoples from the regions of North America now encompassed by the continental United States The Kingdom of Great Britain, also known as the United Kingdom of Great Britain, was a State in northwest Europe, in existence from 1707 to 1800 In this article the inhabitants of the thirteen colonies that supported the American Revolution are primarily referred to as "Americans" with occasional references to "Patriots" It was named after Thomas Nelson, Jr., then the governor of Virginia. Thomas Nelson Jr ( December 26, 1738 &ndash January 4, 1789) was an American planter soldier and statesman from Yorktown The Commonwealth of Virginia ( is an American state (Kentucky was part of Virginia at the time. )
In the fort's place today stands Fort Nelson Park.
Satellite image showing location of Fort Nelson in relation to other early Louisville area settlements
Fountain in the center of Fort Nelson Park
Fort Nelson Park nameplate
1885 sketch of the fort