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Richmond in Madison County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

Madison Hemp And Flax Co. / Hemp in Kentucky

 
 
Madison Hemp And Flax Co. Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brian K. Hall, September 7, 2022
1. Madison Hemp And Flax Co. Marker
Inscription.  
Madison Hemp And Flax Co.
Began operations here on Silver Creek in 1806. The machinery for spinning hemp and flax was run by water power. In 1808. received permission from the legislature to incorporate and sell stock. Factory produced thread which was sold or used here for weaving. One hundred and six spindles were in operation, each capable of spinning daily 1/2 lb. thread suitable for linen.

Hemp in Kentucky
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, oakum to caulk sailing ships and cotton bagging. 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.
 
Erected 2022 by Kentucky Historical Society, Kentucky Department of Highways. (Marker Number 1362.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AgricultureEnvironment
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Industry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the Kentucky Historical Society series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1806.
 
Location. 37° 39.521′ N, 84° 21.808′ W. Marker is in Richmond, Kentucky, in Madison County. Marker is at the intersection of Milton Lane (County Road 1232) and Lancaster Road (U.S. 52) on Milton Lane. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 101 Milton Ln, Richmond KY 40475, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fort Paint Lick (approx. 3.8 miles away); Grave of Hancock Taylor (approx. 5.1 miles away); Berea – A Birthplace of the Handicraft Revival (approx. 5.1 miles away); Kentucky's Earliest Artforms (approx. 5.1 miles away); White Oak Pond Church (approx. 5.6 miles away); Site of Fort Twetty (approx. 5.7 miles away); Texas Memorial (approx. 6 miles away); Churchill's Draw (approx. 6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Richmond.
 
More about this marker. Marker originally erected in 1970. Re-Erected in 2022 after being struck by a snow plow sometime between 2008 and 2010.
 
Hemp in Kentucky marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brian K. Hall, September 7, 2022
2. Hemp in Kentucky marker
Madison Hemp And Flax Company Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brian K. Hall, September 7, 2022
3. Madison Hemp And Flax Company Marker
Madison Hemp And Flax Company Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brian K. Hall, September 7, 2022
4. Madison Hemp And Flax Company Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 30, 2022. It was originally submitted on September 8, 2022, by Brian K. Hall of Lexington, Kentucky. This page has been viewed 348 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 8, 2022, by Brian K. Hall of Lexington, Kentucky. • Mark Hilton was the editor who published this page.

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