Fort Nelson Park
A shaded oasis in downtown Louisville, Fort Nelson Park sits on the site of the very first successful settlement of modern-day Kentucky (after a previously unsuccessful fort). Built in 1781, when Kentucky was still a part of Virginia, the park was named after then-governor Thomas Nelson, Jr. The fort served in defense against both Native American and British attacks.
Backstory and Context
The park includes a few other interesting pieces of history. In one corner is a plaque that commemorates the founding of the town Louisville. Elsewhere visitors may stumble upon the plaque above a buried time capsule. The capsule was buried in 1975 with instructions to open it in 100 years.