Georgetown in Scott County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
Hemp in Scott County / Hemp in Kentucky
Hemp in Scott County
Reverend Elijah Craig established at Georgetown, in 1789, one of the earliest ropewalks, which were long sheds for spiral winding of hemp fibers. Also started fulling mill in 1793. Both factories made cordage and rigging for vessels built on the Ohio and Kentucky Rivers. Peak production in 1839; over 1,000 tons processed yearly with value of $120,000. See over.
Hemp in Kentucky
First crop grown, 1775. From 1840 to 1860, Kentucky production largest in United States. Peak in 1850 was 40,000 tons, value of $5,000,000. Scores of factories made twine, rope, gunny sacks, bags for cotton picking and marketing. State's largest cash crop until 1915. Market lost to imported jute, freed of tariff. As war measure, hemp grown again during World War II. See over.
Erected 1968 by Kentucky Historical Society, Kentucky Department of Highways. (Marker Number 1166.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Kentucky Historical Society marker series.
Location. 38° 13.365′ N, 84° 33.981′ W. Marker is in Georgetown, Kentucky, in Scott County. Marker can be reached from Cardome Center South 0.2 miles east of Cincinnati Pike (U.S. 25), on the right. Click for map
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Cardome (here, next to this marker); First Baptist Church (approx. 0.8 miles away); Payne-Desha House / Joseph Desha (1768-1842) (approx. 0.8 miles away); Royal Spring (approx. 0.9 miles away); Scott County Courthouse / Goebel Trial Here (approx. 0.9 miles away); Scott County, 1792 (approx. 0.9 miles away); Gen. Basil W. Duke, C.S.A. - Basil W. Duke (1838-1916) (approx. 0.9 miles away); Remember the Raisin! (approx. one mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Georgetown.
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Dave Knoch of Scott County, Kentucky. This page has been viewed 155 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Dave Knoch of Scott County, Kentucky. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.