McConnell Springs Park

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McConnell Springs
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McConnell Springs Park is located in Kentucky
McConnell Springs Park
McConnell Springs Park is located in the United States
McConnell Springs Park
LocationLexington, Kentucky
Coordinates38°3′19″N 84°31′40″W / 38.05528°N 84.52778°W / 38.05528; -84.52778Coordinates: 38°3′19″N 84°31′40″W / 38.05528°N 84.52778°W / 38.05528; -84.52778
Area20 acres (8.1 ha)
NRHP reference #76000874[1]
Added to NRHPJanuary 17, 1976

McConnell Springs is a twenty-six acre natural areas park located at the historic springs where the city of Lexington, Kentucky was named.[2]

McConnell Springs is historically and environmentally significant to this area; the central historic event which marks McConnell Springs place in history is the naming of Lexington. William McConnell and his party of kinsmen and companion surveyors, explorers and would-be settlers established a small camp in this area in June 1775; the group named their camp "Lexington" in honor of one of the first battles of the American Revolutionary War in Lexington, Massachusetts. Four years later this name was adopted when founding their town. In the ensuing years the McConnell property changed hands several times with remnants of past use still visible throughout the park - including stone fences, a barn foundation, a small rock quarry, remains of an old dam and the foundation of an old creamery.

The most significant environmental feature is a complex system of sinking springs. McConnell Springs is the only known site in Fayette County that has a series of artesian springs that come to the surface, go underground, reappear, flow on the surface and go back underground only to surface again a couple miles away.

McConnell Springs has two miles of trails, with a half-mile paved loop which makes the park accessible to most visitors, as well as an education center.


  1. ^ National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. ^ "McConnell Springs web site". McConnell Springs. Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government. 2008-04-06.

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