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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Bourbon County, Kentucky

Clickable Map of Bourbon County, Kentucky and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Bourbon County, KY (33) Bath County, KY (13) Clark County, KY (53) Fayette County, KY (274) Harrison County, KY (24) Montgomery County, KY (17) Nicholas County, KY (10) Scott County, KY (45)  BourbonCounty(33) Bourbon County (33)  BathCounty(13) Bath County (13)  ClarkCounty(53) Clark County (53)  FayetteCounty(274) Fayette County (274)  HarrisonCounty(24) Harrison County (24)  MontgomeryCounty(17) Montgomery County (17)  NicholasCounty(10) Nicholas County (10)  ScottCounty(45) Scott County (45)
Paris is the county seat for Bourbon County
Adjacent to Bourbon County, Kentucky
      Bath County (13)  
      Clark County (53)  
      Fayette County (274)  
      Harrison County (24)  
      Montgomery County (17)  
      Nicholas County (10)  
      Scott County (45)  
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1 Kentucky, Bourbon County, Carlisle — Edward Boone1740- 1780
Edward Boone was killed by Indians here on the banks of Boone Creek on Oct. 4, 1780, while hunting with his brother Daniel. He was buried here the next day by Daniel and a party from Boone’s Station, near Athens, Ky, where Edward, Daniel and their . . . Map (db m172021) HM
2 Kentucky, Bourbon County, Carlisle — 2059 — Edward Boone (1740-80)
Death site of Edward Boone, a brother of renowned Kentucky pioneer Daniel Boone. Edward was killed by Indians here Oct 1780 at age 40 while hunting with Daniel. Boone Creek named for Edward. Daniel and Edward wed sisters, Rebecca and Martha Bryan, . . . Map (db m171825) HM
3 Kentucky, Bourbon County, Centerville — 2178 — Centerville Baptist Church
Established in 1867 under Rev. Thomas Gant after members left the fellowship of First Baptist Church, Paris, Rev. Elisha Green, pastor. Current church structure of wood mold brick built in 1904. Membership includes descendants of the original . . . Map (db m170051) HM
4 Kentucky, Bourbon County, Millersburg — 2147 — Mae Street Kidd1904-99
Born in Millersburg, Kidd devoted much of her life to civil rights causes. Served as representative in Ky. state legislature, 1968-85, earning her nickname, “Lady of the House.” Kidd led Ky.'s ratification of 13th, 14th, and 15th amendments to . . . Map (db m123690) HM
5 Kentucky, Bourbon County, Millersburg — 2407 — Millersburg Military Institute
Although it was a military academy, its goal was to educate young men & women in a structured, disciplined, and challenging environment to prepare them for leadership roles in military or civilian life. Army Cadet Corps purchased property in . . . Map (db m217853) HM
6 Kentucky, Bourbon County, Paris — 2575 — Alexander House / Bourbon County Hemp
Alexander House The federal style house was built for William W. Alexander, a state representative 1848-52. His father, William Alexander, owned a hemp factory until 1856, which was operated by 100 enslaved people. At 600 feet, it had one of . . . Map (db m170055) HM
7 Kentucky, Bourbon County, Paris — Bourbon County Confederate Memorial
Bourbon County's Confederate dead J.D. Ardery • Wm. Allen • C.C.T. Arnold • T.Y. Brent • Peter Bramblett • W.M. Banta • Peter Banta • J.T. Barlow • Alijah Brooks • Jas. Barlow • D.S. Bickley • Jno. Barry • J.P. Ballincal • Green Booth • G.A. . . . Map (db m218186) WM
8 Kentucky, Bourbon County, Paris — Bourbon County Revolutionary War Memorial
Soldiers of the American Revolution Who Died Citizens of Bourbon County Samuel Brice • Isaac Darnell • James Duncan • James Hughes • James Hutchinson • John Luckie • Alexander Mitchell • John Moore • Robert Purdy • William Turner • Benjamin . . . Map (db m218164) WM
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9 Kentucky, Bourbon County, Paris — Bourbon County Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Dedicated May 25, 1986 In memory of those who gave their lives • Walter K. Morris SSgt Air Force Apr. 18, 1927 – Oct. 24, 1963 • Donald I. Rankin SP4 Army Apr. 14, 1940 – Nov. 24, 1966 • Benjamin M. Brothers III PFC Marines Sept. 25, 1947 . . . Map (db m218140) WM
10 Kentucky, Bourbon County, Paris — Bourbon County World War I Monument
This building is dedicated to the men of Bourbon County who served their country during the World War. 1917 – 1918 Sacred to the memory of those who died for Liberty, Justice and Peace. Charles Adair * Joseph H. Holt * . . . Map (db m123689) WM
11 Kentucky, Bourbon County, Paris — 1246 — Bourbon County, 1786
Named for the royal French family who aided the colonies in the War of Independence. Bourbon was one of nine Virginia counties formed before Kentucky became a state in 1792. From its original area all of twenty-four counties and parts of ten other . . . Map (db m43621) HM
12 Kentucky, Bourbon County, Paris — 2295 — Bourbon Whiskey / Jacob Spears
Bourbon Whiskey Named after Bourbon Co. because of quantity and quality of whiskey produced within its borders. Made from a fermented mash of at least 51% corn, with less wheat, rye, or barley, yeast and limestone water. Distilled at no more . . . Map (db m35597) HM
13 Kentucky, Bourbon County, Paris — 51 — Cane Ridge Meeting House
Built by Presbyterians, 1791. Here Barton W. Stone began his ministry, 1796. Famous revival attended by pioneers of many faiths, 1801. Springfield Presbytery dissolved and "Christian Church" launched, June 28, 1804.Map (db m9724) HM
14 Kentucky, Bourbon County, Paris — 1566 — Colville Covered Bridge / Covered Bridges
Colville Covered Bridge Built in 1877, this bridge spans Hinkston Creek. It is of Burr truss construction, which is the multiple king post type. The single span is 124 feet long and 18 feet wide. It was restored by Louis Bower in 1913 and by . . . Map (db m171786) HM
15 Kentucky, Bourbon County, Paris — 696 — CSA at Paris, 1862
(obverse) July 18, on its first Ky. raid Gen. John Hunt Morgan's cavalry rode to Paris from victory at Cynthiana. After holding out for days citizen groups surrendered. Warned of Union force nearby, CSA escaped pursuit, returned to Tenn. . . . Map (db m97145) HM
16 Kentucky, Bourbon County, Paris — 93 — Duncan Tavern
Built in 1788. Gathering place of pioneers. Shrine, Museum, Library. Restored by Kentucky Daughters of the American Revolution.Map (db m43624) HM
17 Kentucky, Bourbon County, Paris — 1824 — Eades Tavern
This log building lined with adz-hewn cherry was built as a tavern. In 1795 it became first post office in Paris. Thomas Eades then served as tavern owner and postmaster. Robert Trimble had home and law office here before becoming U.S. Supreme Court . . . Map (db m43626) HM
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18 Kentucky, Bourbon County, Paris — 1493 — Famous Inventor, 1877-1963
Sites of birthplace of Garrett A. Morgan, and Branch School, which he attended, are ¼ mile south. He invented the tri-color traffic signal, forerunner of the present type, and a gas mask worn in rescue work at Cleveland, Ohio, 1916. His mask was the . . . Map (db m170056) HM
19 Kentucky, Bourbon County, Paris — 2090 — First Christian Church
First Christian Church organized 1827 by Thomas Allen, John Gano, and six "brave and forthright" women. Part of movement led by Barton W. Stone out of 1801 Cane Ridge Revival promoting Christian unity on New Testament authority. Prominent from its . . . Map (db m170054) HM
20 Kentucky, Bourbon County, Paris — 2408 — Frankfort & Cincinnati Railroad / The Depot Centreville - Stop 32
Frankfort & Cincinnati Railroad Built 1888-90 as the Kentucky Midland Railroad, it spanned 40 miles from Frankfort to Paris. Had connections on both ends to the L&N. Name changed to Frankfort & Cincinnati in 1899, but it had no connections . . . Map (db m170050) HM
21 Kentucky, Bourbon County, Paris — 1886 — Garrett Davis (1801-1872)
This lawyer, state legislator, and congressman, who played leading role in preventing 1861 secession of Kentucky, lived 1 block north. Davis represented Bourbon Co. in legislature. In Congress, 1839-47, 1861-72; Ky. Const. Conv., 1849. A Whig ally . . . Map (db m170079) HM
22 Kentucky, Bourbon County, Paris — 1855 — Hopewell
Hopewell, one of the oldest Presbyterian churches in Bourbon County, has held worship services since 1785. The first congregation included Dutch settlers. It was recognized by the Transylvania Presbytery in 1787. Original church was located near . . . Map (db m218204) HM
23 Kentucky, Bourbon County, Paris — 1722 — John Edwards 1748-1837 / Westwood
John Edwards 1748-1837 As early legislator, Edwards was member of the Virginia House of Delegates in 1781-83, 1785, 1786. He was a delegate to the convention to ratify Federal Constitution, June 1788, and to conventions that separated . . . Map (db m43623) HM
24 Kentucky, Bourbon County, Paris — 1283 — Johnston's Inn
Robert Johnston, a Revolutionary War captain, was born in Virginia in 1749. He and his wife operated a tavern in their house here from 1796-1812. Located on what was the main road between Maysville and Lexington, this inn served stage and horseback . . . Map (db m67703) HM
25 Kentucky, Bourbon County, Paris — 1141 — Kentucky Novelist
Site of birthplace and early home of John Fox, Jr., famous Kentucky author, born 1862, graduated from Harvard in 1883. Died, 1919. Focusing on life in the Appalachian area, he wrote 12 novels and 45 short stories, including The Little Shepherd of . . . Map (db m170082) HM
26 Kentucky, Bourbon County, Paris — Paris Cemetery Co. Inc. Trail
The Paris Cemetery Gatehouse is a rare surviving example of Gothic architecture in Kentucky. John McMurtry was the Lexington builder/architect who had worked with Alexander Jackson Davis, New York architect, as the builder of Loudoun House (ca. . . . Map (db m218183) HM
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27 Kentucky, Bourbon County, Paris — Paris Train Depot
1882 National Register of Historic Places Restored 2018 by the Poynter familyMap (db m218169) HM
28 Kentucky, Bourbon County, Paris — 1462 — Ruddells Mills
Near his home Isaac Ruddell built a gristmill in 1788 on the north side of Hinkson bridge, and a sawmill in 1795 to be operated by his son, Abram. A 720-spindle cotton mill erected 500 feet west by Thomas and Hugh Brent in 1828, burned 1836. Soon . . . Map (db m171782) HM
29 Kentucky, Bourbon County, Paris — 1596 — Silas Baptist Church1 mile west
Organized by 20 members of the Cooper's Run Church in 1800, with the help of Ambrose Dudley, George Eve and Augustine Eastin. They built at this site on land given, 1798, by Charles Smith, Sr. The log structure was replaced by a brick house of . . . Map (db m35860) HM
30 Kentucky, Bourbon County, Paris — 753 — Site of 1792 Church
Built of two-foot blue ash logs as home by Daniel Matheny, 1790. With Jacob Leer as class leader Mt. Gilead Methodist Society was organized here by Reverend Caleb Jarvis Taylor, author of revival hymns. Members were not allowed to buy slaves except . . . Map (db m218137) HM
31 Kentucky, Bourbon County, Paris — Site of Mt. Gilead Methodist Church
Here stood Mt. Gilead Methodist Church on land given by Daniel Matheny in 1790, a gift confirmed by Thomas Jones, Sr., the eventual owner. The word “Gilead” is defined in Genesis as “hill of witness” and the adoption of this name was a . . . Map (db m218138) HM
32 Kentucky, Bourbon County, Paris — 2544 — Townsend Springs Farm
Originally a 1,400 acre land warrant, Townsend Springs was settled by John Townsend in 1775-1776. With Capt. John Hinkston Townsend traveled Ohio River exploring Shawnee territory. Named Townsend Creek in 1776. Townsend raised corn, sold to . . . Map (db m170052) HM
33 Kentucky, Bourbon County, Paris — 178 — William Holmes McGuffey
Born September 23, 1800-Died May 4, 1873 Famous for his eclectic readers which introduced thousands of children to the treasures of literature. At this site he taught from 1823 to 1826 before joining the faculty of Miami University.Map (db m50653) HM
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May. 28, 2023