Crab Orchard in Lincoln County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
Grand Gateway to Kentucky
Crab Orchard Kentucky
Crab orchard's eight mineral springs were renowned for the medicinal properties. As early as 1827, Jack David built "A House of Entertainment" to exploit the springs. The elegant Crab Orchard Springs Hotel, with accommodations for 700 guests, was built about 1850. At the height of its popularity in the late 1850s, the hotel received almost 500 guests daily, among them John Hunt Morgan and his Lexington Rifles. Crab Orchard was known nationwide as the "Saratoga
During the Civil War the Wilderness Road was an important military route. Thousands of soldiers, Union anad Confederate, passed through Crab Orchard. John Hunt Morgan raided the town in 1862, destroying 120 Union supply wagons on the Somerset Road. The Union army turned the Baptist Church building into a hospital and in 1863 built a supply depot that helped supply the important Knoxville Campaign.
Top: The Civil War monument in the Crab Orchard Cemetery.
Middle: The monument at the William Whitley House memorializes the race track that encircled the knoll in the background.
Bottom: An advertisement for the Crab orchard Springs Hotel, ca..1880.
Left: The William Whitley House, once known as the "Guardian of the Wilderness Road".
Location. 37° 27.745′ N, 84° 30.369′ W. Marker is in Crab Orchard, Kentucky, in Lincoln County. Marker is on Main Street (Kentucky Route 39) south of Cherry Street, on the right when traveling north. Marker is located in front of the Post Office. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 209 Main Street, Crab Orchard KY 40419, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. On Confederate Routes (approx. ¼ mile away); Crab Orchard Springs (approx. half a mile away); A View from Sportsman’s Hill Sportsman's Hill (approx. 2.2 miles away); Where Racing Turned Around (approx. 2.2 miles away); The Legacy of Sportsman’s Hill at Crab Orchard (approx. 2.2 miles away); A Little Bit to Eat at the Race (approx. 2.3 miles away); Celebration (approx. 2.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Crab Orchard.
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