The Fort Duffield Heritage Committee, on behalf of the City of West Point, Kentucky, is hosting a thank your program for the Fort Duffield Park and Historic Site’s supporters. Friends of Fort Duffield members along with Kentucky state government representatives, Hardin County and City of West Point officials will be on hand Tuesday evening, October 19, 2021 at the American Legion, Ritchie-Trent Post No. 148 on Riverview Drive in West Point.
Supporters will hear about recent accomplishments and learn about plans for future projects.
The park and historic site consists of 175 acres and was a gift from the Federal government in 1978 under the National Park Service’s Federal Lands to Parks Program. This program helps communities create new parks and recreation areas by transferring surplus Federal land to state and local governments. The program was designed to ensure public access to properties and stewardship of the properties’ natural, cultural and recreational resources.
The support of individuals and Hardin County Government has enabled a hands on volunteer group to preserve, maintain and interpret this significant historic site for future generations. And while those volunteers are honored to have played a part, there is also a keen gratefulness to those who have been long time supporters.
The current efforts to develop Fort Duffield Park and Historic Site began in 1992. Many of the original volunteers have remained and still play an active role in the management of the park and interpretation of the historic site.
Hands on volunteers and our many supporters have made everything possible at Fort Duffield Park and Historic Site and it’s a wonderful example of community spirit. If you’re interested in joining the next generation of volunteers and supporters, please contact Gary Masterson at 502- 594-9995.
The park and historic site are open year round and daily from dawn until dusk. Hikers and mountain bikers regularly enjoy the challenging trails in the park. Trails maps and self-guided walking tour brochures are available at the kiosk in the parking lot and on the Fort Duffield web site at https://fortduffield.com/ along with more information about the Fort Duffield Civil War earthen fortification.