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.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Agriculture • Industry & CommerceKentucky Historical Society series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1789.
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. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Georgetown KY 40324, United States of America. Touch for directions.
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. ¾ mile away); Payne-Desha House / Joseph Desha (1768-1842) (approx. ¾ mile away); Scott County Jail / Scott County Jailer's House (approx. 0.9 miles away); Birthplace of Bourbon (approx. 0.9 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). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Georgetown.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 8, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 30, 2015, by Dave Knoch of Scott County, Kentucky. This page has been viewed 272 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on November 6, 2020, by Frank Profitt of Georgetown, Kentucky. 3. submitted on June 30, 2015, by Dave Knoch of Scott County, Kentucky. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.