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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Graves County, Kentucky

Clickable Map of Graves 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> Graves County, KY (17) Calloway County, KY (22) Carlisle County, KY (2) Hickman County, KY (19) Marshall County, KY (14) McCracken County, KY (149) Henry County, TN (28) Weakley County, TN (6)  GravesCounty(17) Graves County (17)  CallowayCounty(22) Calloway County (22)  CarlisleCounty(2) Carlisle County (2)  HickmanCounty(19) Hickman County (19)  MarshallCounty(14) Marshall County (14)  McCrackenCounty(149) McCracken County (149)  HenryCountyTennessee(28) Henry County (28)  WeakleyCounty(6) Weakley County (6)
Mayfield is the county seat for Graves County
Adjacent to Graves County, Kentucky
      Calloway County (22)  
      Carlisle County (2)  
      Hickman County (19)  
      Marshall County (14)  
      McCracken County (149)  
      Henry County, Tennessee (28)  
      Weakley County, Tennessee (6)  
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1 Kentucky, Graves County, Dukedom — 655 — Two Successful Raids
CSA Gen. N. B. Forrest with main body of cavalry passed this way before and after destructive raid on Paducah, March 25, 1864. Returning, Kentucky regiments, camping near here, given leave to seek food, horses, get recruits, visit families. Not one . . . Map (db m52291) HM
2 Kentucky, Graves County, Fancy Farm — 1682 — Fancy Farm / Centennial Picnic, Aug. 2, 1980
(obverse) Fancy Farm The town which grew up around St. Jerome's Church was named ca.1845 for farm of John Peebles. Samuel Willett and Elizabeth Hobbs, from St. Rose's, Washington Co., were first permanent Catholic settlers in 1829. . . . Map (db m52292) HM
3 Kentucky, Graves County, Fancy Farm — 1785 — St. Jerome Sesquicentennial / Elisha John Durbin, 1800-1887
(obverse) St. Jerome Sesquicentennial Site of first St. Jerome, completed 1836 by the Rev. Elisha Durbin; first Catholic Church in the Jackson Purchase. Second church dedicated, 1858; present church in 1893. St. Jerome settlers were . . . Map (db m52295) HM
4 Kentucky, Graves County, Fulton — 1209 — Pioneer Spirit
Nearby gravesite of Lucy Flournoy Roberts, believed to be the first woman of French Huguenot lineage to come to this area. Her husband and 25 dependents are also buried here. She was a descendant of one of the founders of Manakintown, Va., a . . . Map (db m192704) HM
5 Kentucky, Graves County, Mayfield — Colonel Herschel H. Green
(top) Born: 3 July 1920, Mayfield, Kentucky Parents: Ted and Deltrice Green 503 North 6TH St. Mayfield Education: Mayfield High School and Vanderbilt University Military Service: U.S. Army Air Corps and U.S. Airforce, 29 Sept. 1941 . . . Map (db m52290) HM
6 Kentucky, Graves County, Mayfield — 869 — County Named, 1823
For Maj. Benjamin Franklin Graves. Born Va., 1771, came Ky., 1791. A farmer, settled in Fayette Co. Elected to the General Assembly, 1801, 1804. Enlisted at beginning War of 1812, commissioned Aug. 7. Presumed killed by Indians after being wounded . . . Map (db m169159) HM
7 Kentucky, Graves County, Mayfield — 2010 — Daniel R. Merritt (1833-1907)
This Graves County businessman was founder and first president of Merit Clothing Co. (1899), located in brick building across Sixth St. Also organized Mayfield Exchange Bank, 1899. Was Confederate surgeon (1861-65) in 3rd and 7th Ky. Inf. Regts. . . . Map (db m169166) HM
8 Kentucky, Graves County, Mayfield — First Baptist Church
Organized July 13, 1844, at home of J. B. Hurt, east of Mayfield, with 14 members. Elders Milton Wyman, Henry Richardson, Dennis Ray, Willis White and Hardeman Puryear composed its constituting council. First building erected in 1858; second, 1867. . . . Map (db m52282) HM
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9 Kentucky, Graves County, Mayfield — 2187 — First Presbyterian Church
Mayfield's oldest church, First Presbyterian, was founded ca. 1832 as Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Joined Presbyterian Church USA in 1906. Members have included Mayfield founder John Anderson and Congressmen Lucian Anderson (1863-65), William V. . . . Map (db m169157) HM
10 Kentucky, Graves County, Mayfield — Graves County Confederate Memorial
To the memory of the Confederate soldiers of Graves CountyMap (db m169160) WM
11 Kentucky, Graves County, Mayfield — Operation Desert StormJan. 16, 1991
In loving memory of those who made the supreme sacrifice and in honor of all who served our country. We honor you with humble gratitude. Dedicated July 4, 1991Map (db m169165) WM
12 Kentucky, Graves County, Mayfield — 732 — Secession Abandoned
In May, 1861, delegates of seven Kentucky and twenty Tennessee westernmost counties, the Jackson Purchase, met in Mayfield. Belief in Southern cause, dissatisfaction with Kentucky adherence to Union and Tennessee delay joining South caused . . . Map (db m52287) HM
13 Kentucky, Graves County, Mayfield — 2095 — Spence Chapel United Methodist Church
Spence Chapel United Methodist congregation in Graves County has remained continuous since its founding in 1826. It was on the Wadesboro Circuit in 1834. The first log building was followed by two frame structures. Current brick sanctuary was . . . Map (db m169153) HM
14 Kentucky, Graves County, Mayfield — 654 — Two Successful Raids
CSA General Nathan B. Forrest with main body of cavalry passed thru Mayfield to and from destructive raid on Paducah, March 25, 1864. Gen. Abraham Buford's division camped here. Kentucky regiments given leave to visit homes, enlist recruits. All . . . Map (db m52276) HM
15 Kentucky, Graves County, Mayfield — 1288 — Wooldridge Monuments
Those enshrined here are Keziah Nichols, mother of Col. Henry Wooldridge; his brothers, W. F., Alfred, Josiah and John; his sisters, Narcissa, Minerva and Susan; small statues of great nieces, Maud and Minnie. His favorite . . . Map (db m52271) HM
16 Kentucky, Graves County, Melber — 2324 — Site of Melber School / School Consolidation
Site of Melber School Site of 1st Melber school building in 1897. Became Melber Jr. H. S. in 1903. Building burned on Oct. 1, 1929. New brick building opened Aug. 25, 1930. Between 1937-1954, Melber served grades 1-12, and between 1954 1963, . . . Map (db m158897) HM
17 Kentucky, Graves County, Water Valley — 1432 — Feliciana
Site of a settlement established in 1830s. By 1838 it was most important trading point in the county. After a State Road was built through Feliciana in 1845, it became one of the greatest commercial centers in western Ky. This community remained . . . Map (db m36991) HM
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Dec. 1, 2023