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Holy Cross in Marion County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

Catholic Pioneers

 
 
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By Trinket Troy, April 25, 2006
1. Catholic Pioneers Marker
Inscription. Basil Hayden, Sr., led 25 Maryland Catholic families to settle near here, on Pottinger's Creek, 1785. Father Whelan said first Mass in Kentucky here in 1787. First Catholic church west of Alleghenies built here in 1792. First monks, 1805, Trappist Fathers (Cistercians). Present church erected in 1823, under direction of famous Belgian missionary, Charles Nerinckx.
 
Erected by The Kentucky Historical Society and the Department of Highways. (Marker Number 913.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Kentucky Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 37° 40.446′ N, 85° 26.816′ W. Marker is in Holy Cross, Kentucky, in Marion County. Marker is at the intersection of Loretto Road (Kentucky Route 49) and Holy Cross Road (Kentucky Route 457) on Loretto Road. Touch for map. Also at this crossroads is Kentucky Route 527. Marker is in this post office area: Loretto KY 40037, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Old Gristmill-Distillery (approx. 5.6 miles away); The Harrison-Smith House (approx. 9.4 miles away); Bardstown (approx. 9.4
Catholic Pioneers Marker image. Click for full size.
By Trinket Troy, April 25, 2006
2. Catholic Pioneers Marker
miles away); McLean House (approx. 9.4 miles away); Nelson County World War I, World War II, Korean War, & Vietnam War Memorial (approx. 9.4 miles away).
 
More about this marker. The crossroads of Holy Cross no longer has a post office. It is served by the Loretto post office.
 
Also see . . .  History of the Churches. The churches are Holy Cross Church and St. Francis of Asisi Church. (Submitted on April 30, 2006.) 
 
Categories. Churches, Etc.Settlements & Settlers
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 30, 2006, by Trinket Troy of Burke, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,885 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 30, 2006, by Trinket Troy of Burke, Virginia. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
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