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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Caldwell County, Kentucky

Clickable Map of Caldwell 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> Caldwell County, KY (19) Christian County, KY (30) Crittenden County, KY (10) Hopkins County, KY (24) Lyon County, KY (21) Trigg County, KY (28) Webster County, KY (9)  CaldwellCounty(19) Caldwell County (19)  ChristianCounty(30) Christian County (30)  CrittendenCounty(10) Crittenden County (10)  HopkinsCounty(24) Hopkins County (24)  LyonCounty(21) Lyon County (21)  TriggCounty(28) Trigg County (28)  WebsterCounty(9) Webster County (9)
Princeton is the county seat for Caldwell County
Adjacent to Caldwell County, Kentucky
      Christian County (30)  
      Crittenden County (10)  
      Hopkins County (24)  
      Lyon County (21)  
      Trigg County (28)  
      Webster County (9)  
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1 Kentucky, Caldwell County, Fredonia — 1908 — Fredonia
Town founded 1835 as a voting precinct. Established between Princeton and Salem stage stops, it was first called Midway; name changed to Fredonia two years later. In 1887, the Ohio Valley Railroad ran one-half mile west of town. Kelsey was . . . Map (db m123802) HM
2 Kentucky, Caldwell County, Princeton — 145 — Black Patch War
Here on December 1, 1906, began Black Patch War, which lasted to the end of 1908. “Night Riders” fought against non-cooperative farmers and businessmen who opposed the dark tobacco pool.Map (db m79151) HM WM
3 Kentucky, Caldwell County, Princeton — 1916 — Converging of Indian Trails Reported missing
Saline, Eddy, and Varmint traces met at Big Spring (Princeton) and developed into today's roads. First forged by buffalo, later used by Indians and pioneers. A fork of Saline crossed Ohio River at Cave-in-Rock; another at Golconda, Ill. Eddy Trace . . . Map (db m124356) HM
4 Kentucky, Caldwell County, Princeton — 834 — County Named, 1809
For General John Caldwell. Born Virginia; came Kentucky 1781. Maj. Gen. in militia; Indian campaigns. With George Rogers Clark, 1786. Member Danville Conventions, 1787, 1788, which adopted petition “demanding admission into the . . . Map (db m79159) HM
5 Kentucky, Caldwell County, Princeton — 579 — Courthouse Burned
[front side] Gen. Hylan B. Lyon with 800 men invaded Ky., Dec. 1864, to enforce CSA draft law and divert USA from Nashville. In 23 days he burned seven courthouses used by Union forces. See map on reverse side. US troops fled Princeton as . . . Map (db m79180) HM
6 Kentucky, Caldwell County, Princeton — 1453 — Cumberland Presbyterian College
Site of college founded March, 1826, by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. First president was Rev. F. R. Cossitt. School opened with six students on some 500 acres of land bought for $6,000. A manual-labor school, students required to work 2 hours . . . Map (db m123805) HM
7 Kentucky, Caldwell County, Princeton — 1903 — Historic Educational Site
Six educational institutions have flourished here since 1860. Local citizens gave $20,000 and Dr. T.L. McNary six acres to establish Princeton College, 1860-80. Youth also served by Princeton Collegiate Inst., 1880-1911; Princeton High, 1911-23; . . . Map (db m123800) HM
8 Kentucky, Caldwell County, Princeton — 1932 — Ogden Memorial United Methodist Church
Congregation organized in 1818 as Methodist Episcopal Church at home of Richard Barnes, a tanner. First meeting house later built beside his home on S. Jefferson St. Became M.E. Church, South, 1845, when national church split over slavery. Renamed . . . Map (db m123845) HM
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9 Kentucky, Caldwell County, Princeton — 1278 — Preacher to Pioneers
Bishop Asbury named two itinerant Methodist preachers to Kentucky in 1786. One, Rev. Benjamin Ogden, had dedicated himself to religion after the Revolution. He preached in what is now Ky. and Tenn. area. While inspiring countless pioneers, he . . . Map (db m123810) HM
10 Kentucky, Caldwell County, Princeton — 2195 — Princeton First Baptist Church
First Baptist Church, organized on March 30, 1850, under the leadership of the Rev. James Mansfield and a presbytery from Donaldson, Harmony, and New Bethel Baptist Churches, began with 11 members. The 1st church, built in 1851, stood on Vine . . . Map (db m123850) HM
11 Kentucky, Caldwell County, Princeton — 751 — Ranger Leader Blinded
Confederate Gen. Adam R. Johnson with 1700 Partisan Rangers were in area seeking recruits and supplies. Learning of Union troops under Gen. E. H. Hobson camped at Grubb's Cross Roads, Johnson attacked. Aug. 21, 1864. In the skirmish that followed, . . . Map (db m158707) HM
12 Kentucky, Caldwell County, Princeton — 1902 — Shandy Hall (Princeton)
Shandy Hall, two-story stone home built on Bluff above Big Spring, built by William Prince on his 200-acre survey made in 1798. Prince, a Rev. War veteran from S.C., began town on waters of Eddy Creek. In 1817, Princetown became county seat of . . . Map (db m123817) HM
13 Kentucky, Caldwell County, Princeton — 1902 — Shandy Hall (Princeton)
Shandy Hall, two-story stone home built on Bluff above Big Spring, built by William Prince on his 200-acre survey made in 1798. Prince, a Rev. War veteran from S.C., began town on waters of Eddy Creek. In 1817, Princetown became county seat of . . . Map (db m123818) HM
14 Kentucky, Caldwell County, Princeton — 2183 — Site of Dotson School
In 1910, Princeton High School was the only high school in the vicinity for blacks. In 1920s name was changed to Dotson High School in honor of John Dotson, a prominent black businessman in Princeton. In 1938, Federal WPA officials approved . . . Map (db m166066) HM
15 Kentucky, Caldwell County, Princeton — 1630 — Skirmish at Grubb's Crossroads
Most Caldwell County Confederates enlisted in Gen. Adam Johnson's Co. K, 10th Ky. Partisan Rangers. His purpose was to gather recruits and supplies, to secure state for CSA. In August, 1864, he attacked a Union regiment here, was blinded . . . Map (db m158706) HM
16 Kentucky, Caldwell County, Princeton — 2292 — The Night Rider Movement
Dr. David Amoss, leader of Night Rider movement, was born in Cobb, Ky. on October 19, 1857. Moved by compassion for his people, this country doctor provided leadership for tobacco farmers in Ky. & Tenn. He led an organized society of dark tobacco . . . Map (db m166061) HM
17 Kentucky, Caldwell County, Princeton — 142 — Trail of Tears
At this point on the "Varmintrace" Road from Princeton toward Cumberland River the Cherokee Indians in 1838 camped on the 1200 mile "Trail of Tears." The enforced trek began in the Great Smoky Mountains and led westward to Indian Territory, costing . . . Map (db m123861) HM
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18 Kentucky, Caldwell County, Princeton — 2118 — U.K. Research and Education Center
Established by Ky. legislature in 1924 as Western Ky. Sub-experiment Station of the Univ. of Kentucky College of Agriculture. Original 400 acres donated by Caldwell Co. citizens. S. J. Lowry was supt., 1924-63. First office / service building was . . . Map (db m158710) HM
19 Kentucky, Caldwell County, Princeton — 2330 — William Prince, 1752-1810 / Founder of Princeton
William Prince 1752-1810 Born in Virginia, his family moved to Spartanburg Co., S.C. in 1768. During the Revolutionary War, he served as captain in Col. Benjamin Roebuck’s S.C. Spartan regiment. After completing his military duty, he . . . Map (db m123867) HM
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May. 30, 2023