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Near London in Laurel County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

Swiss Colony Bernstadt

 
 
Swiss Colony Bernstadt Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, August 9, 2015
1. Swiss Colony Bernstadt Marker
Inscription. Founded 1881, this was Kentucky’s largest foreign colony. Swiss farm crisis and high land prices caused mass emigration. Paul Schenk and Otto Bruner, agriculturists, and Karl Imobersteg, owner of large passage office, promoted venture. These Swiss capitalists sold 4,000 acres to colonists, most from Bern. They improved farming; became known for wine and cheese production.
 
Erected 1992 by Kentucky Historical Society and Kentucky Department of Transportation. (Marker Number 843.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Kentucky Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 37° 9.415′ N, 84° 11.648′ W. Marker is near London, Kentucky, in Laurel County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Hawk Creek Road and Swiss Colony Lane, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: London KY 40741, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Swiss Colony (a few steps from this marker); Pittsburg and Wilderness Road (approx. 4.5 miles away); Camp Wildcat and the Wilderness Road (approx. 4.9 miles away); Camp Wildcat / Union Civil War Camp
Swiss Colony Bernstadt Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, August 9, 2015
2. Swiss Colony Bernstadt Marker
Hawk Creek Road in background
(approx. 4.9 miles away); Camp Wildcat (approx. 5.3 miles away); Skaggs Trace (approx. 6.1 miles away); The Wilderness Road (approx. 6.1 miles away); Laurel Seminary (approx. 6.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in London.
 
Also see . . .
1. Die Kolony Bernstadt. From the appalachianhistory.net website. (Submitted on September 5, 2015.) 

2. Traces of Laurel: Coming of the Swiss. From the December 5, 2013 edition of The Sentinel Echo. (Submitted on September 5, 2015.) 
 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
 
First Evangelical Protestant Church of Bernstadt image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, August 9, 2015
3. First Evangelical Protestant Church of Bernstadt
Marker is to the left of the church next to the fence
Intersection of Hawk Creek Road<br>and Swiss Colony Lane image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, August 9, 2015
4. Intersection of Hawk Creek Road
and Swiss Colony Lane
Marker and church are on the
northeast corner of the intersection
View to South from Hawk Creek Road image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, August 9, 2015
5. View to South from Hawk Creek Road
Marker is on left (east) side of road
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 121 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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