Welcome to Henderson, Kentucky
On behalf of Henderson County Fiscal Court and the residents of Henderson County, Kentucky, I welcome you to the web-site of Henderson County. Henderson has boasted such residents as John James Audubon, naturalist and painter; W.C. Handy, blues legend; Husband E. Kimmel, commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor; Albert Benjamin “Happy” Chandler, U.S. Senator, Governor of Kentucky and Commissioner of Major League Baseball; and Mary Towles Sasseen, founder of Mother’s Day. As a result of its tobacco production, Henderson was ranked second only to Heidelberg, Germany in terms of per capita wealth in the mid 1800’s and shortly before World War I it was home to more millionaires than any city in the world for its size.
Each year Henderson hosts a variety of events and festivals including the Tri-Fest, a street festival that raises funds for non-profit organizations; Handy Blues & Barbecue Festival; and Bluegrass in the Park Folklife Festival, which has received numerous prestigious awards. It is also home to John James Audubon Park and Museum which houses the world’s largest collection of John James Audubon memorabilia and one of the most extensive collections of his work in the world. Audubon Park also annually hosts the Green River Area Development District (GRADD) Arts & Craft Fair, which is one of the largest in the tri-state area.
Henderson County is known as the “Gateway to Southern Hospitality” and this loving spirit is very evident in our community.
Henderson has enjoyed a tremendous amount of growth in its infrastructure, schools, services and recreational areas. The Henderson County school system includes eight elementary schools, two middle schools, and one high school. Henderson is home to Henderson Community and Technical College an institution that provides not only degreed programs but technical training for workforce development.
It is our goal to make everyone feel welcome to our community. We want you to know that this is “your” community and “your” government and it is here for the sole purpose of serving you. Our door is always open to anyone at any time. I encourage you to visit our office with any concern you may have.
This web-site has been created as one more service to you. Whether you are a citizen of Henderson, looking to relocate here, or just visiting, I hope you will find all the information for which you are looking. If there is something missing, please contact our office and let us know what you would like for us to add. You may contact my office by E-Mail or by telephone 270-826-3971.
Hugh McCormick, Henderson County Judge/Executive