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Danville in Boyle County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

First Crop / Hemp in Kentucky

 
 
First Crop / Hemp in Kentucky Marker (Side 1) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tom Bosse, July 4, 2018
1. First Crop / Hemp in Kentucky Marker (Side 1)
Inscription.  Kentucky's first recorded hemp crop, 1775, was on Clark's Run Creek, near Danville. Grown by Archibald McNeill, who brought the first seed with him when he located here. Hemp production spread slowly throughout the area, but Boyle County later became one of ten Bluegrass counties which together produced over 90 percent of entire US yield in 1889. Over.

(Reverse) First crop grown, 1775. From 1840 to 1860, Ky. production largest in U.S. 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 1969 by Kentucky Historical Society & Kentucky Department of Highways. (Marker Number 1279.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Agriculture. In addition, it is included in the Kentucky Historical Society series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1775.
 
Location. 37° 38.783′ N, 84° 

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46.411′ W. Marker is in Danville, Kentucky, in Boyle County. Marker is at the intersection of West Main Street and North 4th Street, on the right when traveling west on West Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Danville KY 40422, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. John Marshall Harlan / Kentucky's "Great Dissenter" (here, next to this marker); Courthouse a Hospital (a few steps from this marker); Poet, Lawyer and Soldier / Theodore O'Hara (a few steps from this marker); County Named, 1842 (a few steps from this marker); American Revolution Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Boyle County Veterans Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Trinity Episcopal Church (within shouting distance of this marker); School for the Deaf (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Danville.
 
First Crop / Hemp in Kentucky Marker (Side 2) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tom Bosse, July 4, 2018
2. First Crop / Hemp in Kentucky Marker (Side 2)
First Crop / Hemp in Kentucky Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tom Bosse, July 4, 2018
3. First Crop / Hemp in Kentucky Marker
Marker is one of five markers located on the Courthouse Lawn.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 13, 2018. It was originally submitted on August 12, 2018, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 190 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 12, 2018, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.

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Sep. 25, 2023