Fort Wright, Kentucky

Overview

Fort Wright is a city of close to 6,000 permanent residents in Kenton County in the northern part of Kentucky. Officially incorporated in 1941, this suburban city derives its name from the earthen fort that served as part of Cincinnati’s defense system during the Civil War. The fort was named after Major General Horatio Gouverneur Wright, an engineer who helped design military defenses for northern Kentucky. Occupying a total area of 3.5 square miles, Fort Wright is a quaint little town that is close to other interesting cities like Newport and Covington, which are both less than a mile away.

Fast Facts

• More than 95% of the city’s residents are of Caucasian descent.
• Majority of Fort Wright’s male workforce belong to the manufacturing, finance and insurance industries while its female workforce is in health care and social services.
• Major General Horatio Gouverneur Wright was the engineer who completed the Washington Monument in Washington D.C.
• Fort Wright was once home to Oelsner’s Tavern, a favorite of Cincinnati Reds players, which was also a popular dining spot during the 1930s.
• The city had a 20-year dispute with nearby Covington over annexed land. The dispute ended in 1980 in favor of Covington.

Things to Do

Fort Wright and the Northern Kentucky area provide plenty of activities for everyone from all walks of life. Families can take their picnic baskets to the area parks while golf enthusiasts can enjoy a game or two in any of the outstanding local golf courses. History buffs can take walking tours through historic sites in nearby Covington and Newport or visit museums in and around the area. A must-visit museum is The James A. Ravage Civil War Museum which offers exhibits and information on how the people of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky defended the area during the war.

Accommodation Tips

Being a relatively quiet suburban town, Fort Wright does not have many accommodation options. However, there are still some hotels in the city where you can spend a night or more. The Days Inn Ft. Wright is a good place to find comfortable beds and complimentary hot breakfasts. In addition, the motel also offers other amenities like a business center and a swimming pool. It has everything you can expect of a 1.5-star property. Another accommodation option within the city limits is the Rodeway Inn which offers the same amenities as the Days Inn. Other hotels in the area are Extended Stay America and Hampton Inn Cincinnati Riverfront. Book your Fort Wright Hotels with Reservations.com.

Best Dining Spots

There are plenty of dining venues in Fort Wright. A favorite diner among locals is the Fort Wright Family Restaurant. It is a non-smoking, no-frills place that offers a wide variety of good food served in large portions. If you’re dining on a budget, this is the best place to eat. Bob Evans Restaurant is the go-to place for American comfort food served in a cozy atmosphere. Another great place to dine is Shimmers Tavern on Dixie Highway. It is the perfect place for drinks and a light meal. Don’t forget to sample their club sandwich, something that locals and even visitors rave about.

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