Hennessey is a town in Kingfisher County, Oklahoma, United States. Hennessey is named after Pat Hennessey, an Irish freighter who was killed at the present townsite in April, 1874.
Hennessey has several beautiful parks including Bull Foot Park with its distinctive silhouetted statues and Memorial Park, the wine festival location, both situated on the route of the Chisholm Trail.
There are numerous old historical buildings including the Hennessey Memorial Library, located in a former school, the Gymnasium with art deco style, and the oldest building in Hennessey that now houses the Vernost Wine Company. Check out this website for a walking tour of Hennessey! http://www.hennessey.lib.ok.us/walkingtour.htm
Hennessey has many monuments, including Rthe oy Cashion Monument (possibly the oldest outdoor sculpture in Oklahoma according to the Oklahoma Historical Society) Pat Hennessey Grave and Memorial Garden & Light House
Hennessey has its own winery, Vernost Wine, located in one of the oldest buildings in town!
Pat Hennessey was an Irish freighter who was killed at the present townsite in April, 1874. There are varioius storied about how he died, over which historians still argue today. Was he killed by native Cheyenne tribesmen or by white horse thieves? Found at the corner of Iowa and Arapaho is the Pat Hennessey Memorial Park The location Pat Hennessey's body is also a question. Originally buried next to the location of his death in a shallow grave, rocks were placed over his body, and teamsters passing by would continue to place markers on his grave. At some point in history ,Pat’s body was moved, perhaps by relatives came from Ireland. The town was laid out by the Hennessey Townsite Company after the land run of April 22, 1889. The Chicago, Kansas and Nebraska Railway, which was owned by the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railway, built a line from Kansas through the Cherokee Outlet, and the first train arrived in September 1889.