Munfordville in Hart County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
John Muir & Robert Munford
On September 1, 1867, John Muir, the noted American naturalist, started his walk from Indianapolis to Cedar Keys on the Gulf of Mexico. In his book, A Thousand Mile Walk to the Gulf, Muir recounts his visit to Munfordville. "September 5 - Arrived about noon at Munfordville; was soon discovered and examined by Mr. Munford himself, a pioneer and father of the village. He is a surveyor - has held all country offices, and every seeker of roads and lands applies to him for information. He regards all the villager as his children, and all strangers who enter Munfordville as his own visitors. Of course he inquired my business, destination, et cetera, and invited me to his house.
After refreshing me with "parrs" he complacently covered the table with bits of rocks, plants, et cetera, things new and old which he had gathered in his surveying walks and supposed to be full of scientific interest. He informed me that all scientific men applied to him for information, and as I was a botanist, he either possessed, or ought to possess, the knowledge I was seeking, and so I received long lessons concerning roots and herbs for every mortal
Muir's host was Robert Samuel Munford, born November 19, 1809, to the marriage of Richard Jones Munford and Elizabeth Embry Munford. He attended Centre College and became a surveyor. His work on bee-keeping was highly regarded. In the 1870 census Munford is listed as a bee-keeper having $10,000 in property.
Erected by The Munfordville Tourism Commission.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Environment • Exploration • Science & Medicine • Settlements & Settlers.
Location. 37° 16.34′ N, 85° 53.411′ W. Marker is in Munfordville, Kentucky, in Hart County. Marker is on East Union Street (State Road 357) east of Main Street (Highway 31W), on the right when traveling east. Located on the north lawn of the Hart County Courthouse. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Munfordville KY 42765, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. William Clark and Family (within shouting distance of this marker); Hart County War Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); William Boone's Grave (within shouting distance of this marker); Hart County, 1819 (within shouting distance of this marker); Glen Lily (within shouting distance of this marker); Henry Clay Furnace / Iron Made in KentuckyCarter-Dowling School / Teachers at "Colored" Elementary Schools of Hart County Circa 1950 (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Hart County (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Munfordville.
Also see . . . Wikipedia - John Muir. An extensive biography of John Muir with links to additional information and many photos. (Submitted on January 31, 2011, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama.)
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