DR. Thomas Walker Historic Park

Dr. Thomas Walker

Dr. Thomas Walker State Historic Site

Park Activities

  • Miniature Golf
  • Playgrounds
  • Sports
Dr. Thomas Walker State Historic Site
4929 KY 459
Barbourville, KY 40906
Phone:
606-546-4400
Barbourville, KY
Daniel Boone Country

Description

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Born in Virginia, Thomas Walker studied medicine and became a doctor but also speculated in land. He joined the Loyal Land Company, organized and led the first expedition through the gap in the mountains, which he named Cumberland Gap in 1750. His expedition explored thousands of acres of land in the western wilderness of Kentucky decades before Lewis & Clark. Near the river, which he named the Cumberland, Walker built a cabin. A replica now stands on part of the land claimed by Dr. Walker. He returned to his Virginia home shortly thereafter, but left a journal documenting the hardships and discoveries of his travels.

Hours of Operation

Park Grounds
Open all year.

Museum/Gift Shop
Closed November 1 - April 1.

Things to Do
Basketball
Shoot some hoops on the basketball court, open year-round.

Gift Shop
Features Kentucky souvenirs. Open April 1 - October 31.

Horseshoes
Play a game of horse shoes while visiting.

Miniature Golf
Have fun playing miniature golf 9-hole course, which is open seasonally, The Mini-Golf does have a fee of $3 per round with the exception of kids 6 years of age and under get to play for free. Open April 1 - October 31.

Picnicking
Two picnic shelters on the site's twelve acres with playground close-by. 100 plus picnic tables and numerous grills can be used free of charge. Open year-round. One shelter contains restroom facilities. Shelters can be reserved by rental up to a year in advance.

Tours
The cabin and surrounding grounds can be toured free of charge year-round.