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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Laurel County, Kentucky

Clickable Map of Laurel 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> Laurel County, KY (41) Clay County, KY (10) Jackson County, KY (2) Knox County, KY (15) McCreary County, KY (8) Pulaski County, KY (54) Rockcastle County, KY (13) Whitley County, KY (15)  LaurelCounty(41) Laurel County (41)  ClayCounty(10) Clay County (10)  JacksonCounty(2) Jackson County (2)  KnoxCounty(15) Knox County (15)  McCrearyCounty(8) McCreary County (8)  PulaskiCounty(54) Pulaski County (54)  RockcastleCounty(13) Rockcastle County (13)  WhitleyCounty(15) Whitley County (15)
London is the county seat for Laurel County
Adjacent to Laurel County, Kentucky
      Clay County (10)  
      Jackson County (2)  
      Knox County (15)  
      McCreary County (8)  
      Pulaski County (54)  
      Rockcastle County (13)  
      Whitley County (15)  
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1 Kentucky, Laurel County, Corbin — The Life of Col. Harland SandersBuilding a Legacy
1964 Jack Massey and John Y. Brown buy Kentucky Fried Chicken corporation from Colonel Sanders. 1969 KFC Corporation purchases the Colonel’s restaurant in Corbin and converts it into a Kentucky Fried Chicken Restaurant. 1973 . . . Map (db m233398) HM
2 Kentucky, Laurel County, East Bernstadt — Battle of Camp Wildcat
(Marker #1) Battle of Camp Wildcat Kentucky’s first taste of civil war On October 21st 1861, the stillness of this forest was broken by the sound of musket fire. These hills witnessed the first battle between Union and . . . Map (db m84290) HM
3 Kentucky, Laurel County, East Bernstadt — Battle of Camp Wildcat
(Marker #1) The Navy In The Mountains Needing men with military training and political connections to the region, President Lincoln called upon two Navy officers to help organize the war effort in eastern Kentucky. William . . . Map (db m84338) HM
4 Kentucky, Laurel County, East Bernstadt — Camp Wildcat
Home of the original Confederate encampment October 1861Map (db m84350) HM
5 Kentucky, Laurel County, East Bernstadt — 1919 — Camp Wildcat / Union Civil War Camp
(Side One) Camp Wildcat Led by Gen. Felix K. Zollicoffer, 7,500 Confederates on October 21 1861, attacked the entrenched camp of 5,000 Union men under Gen. Albin Schoepf. Union’s natural defense advantage in the Rockcastle Hills . . . Map (db m84352) HM
6 Kentucky, Laurel County, East Bernstadt — Camp Wildcat and the Wilderness Road
When European colonists began to explore westward from Virginia, they saw this as a wild and untamed land. Their settlements in the east provided them with great comfort and safety compared to what they encountered here. To them, this was a . . . Map (db m84286) HM
7 Kentucky, Laurel County, East Bernstadt — Camp Wildcat and the Wilderness Road
When European colonists began to explore westward from Virginia, they saw this as a wild and untamed land. Their settlements in the east provided them with great comfort and safety compared to what they encountered here. To them, this was a . . . Map (db m84351) HM
8 Kentucky, Laurel County, East Bernstadt — Daniel Boone's Trail
Daniel Boone’s Trail from North Carolina to Kentucky 1775.Map (db m87664) HM
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9 Kentucky, Laurel County, East Bernstadt — 53 — Hazel Patch
Site of Wood’s Blockhouse 1793, one of the earliest permanent buildings in the wilderness. In May 1775, John Floyd and company, including Benjamin Logan, reached here and decided to use Skagg’s Trace. They proceeded westward, camping at the site . . . Map (db m87663) HM
10 Kentucky, Laurel County, East Bernstadt — Nerve Center for the Union Army
(Marker #1) Nerve Center for the Union Army The area around you and along the trail was the headquarters camp of one of the senior Union commanders at Camp Wildcat, Colonel Theophilus T. Garrard. Theophilus Garrard A . . . Map (db m84339) HM
11 Kentucky, Laurel County, East Bernstadt — The Battle of Wildcat
On the morning of October 21, 1861, Confederate troops attacked the Union army here at Camp Wildcat. Brigadier General Felix Zollicoffer, leading 7,500 Confederate soldiers, was intent on driving the Union forces from their hilltop position here . . . Map (db m84340) HM
12 Kentucky, Laurel County, Hazel Patch — Camp WildcatSite of Civil War Battle — October 21, 1861 —
In memory of those who fought here. This monument is dedicated on October 17, 1992, in Kentucky's Bicentennial year.Map (db m30362) HM
13 Kentucky, Laurel County, Lily — 2033 — First Lt. Carl H. Dodd / Medal of Honor Winner(1925-1996)
(side 1) First Lt. Carl H. Dodd This Medal of Honor recipient was born in Harlan Co. Dodd served with Co. E, 5th Regimental Combat Team, U.S. Army. He was awarded the medal for heroic action in the Korean War for capture of Hill . . . Map (db m62761) HM
14 Kentucky, Laurel County, London — "The people went and gathered it and ground it in mills."Numbers 11:8
In the days before cars and supermarkets, before modern methods of manufacture were developed, the settlers who carved a living out of the Kentucky wilderness worked hard to provide the basic necessities of life. One of the most important mechanical . . . Map (db m138030) HM
15 Kentucky, Laurel County, London — 560 — Battle of London
500 CSA cavalry led by Col. J.S. Scott attacked 200 USA troops and 98 convalescents under Col. L.C. Houk here Aug. 17, 1862, killed 13, wounded 17, captured 111 men and 40 wagons. CSA lost 2 killed, 4 wounded. Houk forced back to Gen. George W. . . . Map (db m73980) HM
16 Kentucky, Laurel County, London — 1574 — Camp Ground Methodist Church
Known as camping ground as early as 1811, this was a favorite spot for both Indians and whites. Bishop Francis Asbury, enroute to first Methodist conference in Kentucky, 1790, held worship near here. First church was of logs, erected by a generous . . . Map (db m234552) HM
17 Kentucky, Laurel County, London — 2113 — Congressmen Buried in London / Congressmen Buried in A.R. Dyche Memorial Park
(Side One) Congressmen Buried in London Wm. H. Randall (1822-81), lawyer, co. clerk, judge, 8th dist. rep. in 38th and 39th Congresses, buried in family plot on East 1st Street. Vincent Boreing (1839-1903), newspaperman, 1st lt. . . . Map (db m84428) HM
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18 Kentucky, Laurel County, London — 737 — CSA Returns to Tenn.
After Battle of Perryville, Oct. 8, 1862, CSA gathered at Bryantsville on 11th. Pursuing Union force did not attack but destroyed sources of food. CSA Gen. Bragg started moving forces south, Oct 13. USA under Gen. Buell pursued to here, where he . . . Map (db m73928) WM
19 Kentucky, Laurel County, London — Daniel Boone's Trail
Daniel Boone’s Trail from North Carolina to Kentucky 1775.Map (db m137149) HM
20 Kentucky, Laurel County, London — Defeated Camp Burial GroundMcNitt Cemetery — On Boone’s Trace —
The McNitt Company, a group of early settlers organized in Virginia for protection on the trip to Kentucky settlements, was camped here on Boone’s Trace. Failing to post a guard they were massacred by Indians on October 3, 1786. The victims were . . . Map (db m172968) HM
21 Kentucky, Laurel County, London — Dressing a Millstone
Perhaps the greatest skill in milling was the ability to keep the stones in working order. Although good millstones will last for centuries, constant grinding wears them smooth. Chiseling the furrows and removing glazed, rough, and uneven spots is . . . Map (db m138031) HM
22 Kentucky, Laurel County, London — Federal BuildingU.S. Courthouse — London, Kentucky —
Entered on the National Register of Historic Places August 19, 1974 Federal Building U.S. Courthouse London Kentucky James Knox Taylor Architect 1909-11 This property significantly contributes to the nation's cultural . . . Map (db m210508) HM
23 Kentucky, Laurel County, London — 1176 — Laurel County
Formed in 1825 out of portions of Clay, Rockcastle, Whitley, and Knox counties. The abundance and beauty of laurel shrub impressed the early pioneers so much that they named the county for it. Dr. Thomas Walker's party, exploring for the Loyal Land . . . Map (db m136800) HM
24 Kentucky, Laurel County, London — Laurel County Veterans Memorial
In memory of all Laurel Countians who gave their lives and in honor of all who served in all our wars to preserve our freedom.Map (db m210510) HM
25 Kentucky, Laurel County, London — Laurel County Veterans Monument
In memory and to honor the men and women that has served this great nation to preserve the freedoms we enjoy today.Map (db m210513) WM
26 Kentucky, Laurel County, London — 661 — Laurel Seminary
In 1826, the legislature granted land to Laurel and some other counties for educational purposes. Land sold; Seminary opened, 1858. Used for hospital in Civil War. Gov. W.S. Taylor called special session of legislature here, 1900. Common school, . . . Map (db m87754) HM
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27 Kentucky, Laurel County, London — Levi Jackson Historic StumpMcNitt Massacre — On Boone’s Trace —
At this site on October 3, 1786 a young woman of the McNitt Party, settlers who came to be known as the “Defeated Camp”, gave birth to a daughter in a hollow tree after escaping an Indian massacre that killed all but 3 members of their . . . Map (db m172971) HM
28 Kentucky, Laurel County, London — McNitt's DefeatWorst Indian Massacre in all Kentucky — On Boone’s Trace —
McNitt's Defeat October 3rd, 1786 Worst Indian massacre in all KentuckyMap (db m172970) HM
29 Kentucky, Laurel County, London — Millstones Through The Ages
The story of millstones is the story of man's struggle against hunger. Using millstones was the best way to grind grain for over 2000 years. An alternative method was not popularized until around 1870, when roller mills were developed that cut . . . Map (db m138020) HM
30 Kentucky, Laurel County, London — 1870 — Modrel's Station
Here was one of the four defense posts established to protect emigrant parties moving westward. Approximately five miles south of London, Modrel's Station offered safety for about a year, during 1793-94, until the Indian menace ended. Robert Modrel . . . Map (db m73974) HM WM
31 Kentucky, Laurel County, London — Poynter Building
Poynter Building-built 1910 W.H. Poynter, restored 1984 Warren N. Scoville has been entered in the National Register of Historical Places by the United States Department of the Interior, August 8, 1985.Map (db m73981) HM
32 Kentucky, Laurel County, London — 2060 — Sue Bennett College
(Side One) Sue Bennett Memorial School, named for Madison Co. promoter, opened 1897 to educated mountain children. Funded by local people and the Methodists, school taught all grades. Commercial Dept. Opened 1901; county high school, . . . Map (db m87753) HM
33 Kentucky, Laurel County, London — Swiss Colony
Bernstadt, Kentucky, also known as Swiss Colony, was founded in 1881 by Swiss immigrants from Bern, Switzerland, through efforts of Paul Schenk. The First Evangelical Protestant Church of Bernstadt was pastored by Rev. Melchior Denny. It was . . . Map (db m88213) HM
34 Kentucky, Laurel County, London — 843 — Swiss Colony Bernstadt
Founded 1881, this was Kentucky’s largest foreign colony. Swiss farm crisis and high land prices caused mass emigration. Paul Schenk and Otto Bruner, agriculturists, and Karl Imobersteg, owner of large passage office, promoted venture. These Swiss . . . Map (db m88211) HM
35 Kentucky, Laurel County, London — 55 — The Wilderness Road
Opened Kentucky and the west to rapid settlement and major development. First wagon road built by Kentucky, 1796 Crab Orchard to Cumberland Gap. A principal highway, maintained as a turnpike “toll road” for 80 years.Map (db m84426) HM
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36 Kentucky, Laurel County, London — This Clock
This clock is to honor my father Warren N. Scoville, who was one of the founding fathers and the first president of London Downtown. His efforts to improve London will always be remembered.Map (db m210506) HM
37 Kentucky, Laurel County, London — Where did Millstones Come From?
One of the greatest problems faced by the early millers was where and how to obtain suitable millstones. Rocks of exceptional hardness were required. Since suitable rock was not locally available, a long journey in the back of an ox-driven wagon . . . Map (db m138028) HM
38 Kentucky, Laurel County, London — 927 — Wilderness Road Inn
Site of home-tavern built, 1804, by John Freeman on Revolutionary War land grant. The tavern stood beside historic Wilderness (wagon)Road built by Kentucky between Cumberland Gap and Crab Orchard in 1796. A principal highway, it promoted settlement . . . Map (db m73929) HM
39 Kentucky, Laurel County, London — Wilderness Road/Boone Trace
Wilderness Road 1775-1795 Wilderness Road crossed Boone Trace here-Laurel County established 1825-London 1836 1775-1795 Boone Trace-Kentucky Sesquicentennial 1792-1942 George Rogers Clark passed this way 1776 to Virginia for help for . . . Map (db m73977) HM
40 Kentucky, Laurel County, North Corbin — Birthplace of Kentucky Fried ChickenKentucky's Most Famous Citizen
Birth of a Legend Kentucky's Most Famous Citizen Colonel Harland Sanders began the part of his life that brought him fame in a small gasoline service station on the opposite side of this highway. Born on September 9, 1890, near Henryville, . . . Map (db m24612) HM
41 Kentucky, Laurel County, Pittsburg — 1757 — Pittsburg and Wilderness Road
The “Madison Branch” of Wilderness Road was last 18th century link from Cumberland Gap to central Kentucky. By legislative act of March 1, 1797, Joseph Crockett built new road from Milford, then seat of Madison Co., to intersect with . . . Map (db m88210) HM
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Nov. 29, 2023