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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Mason County, Kentucky

Clickable Map of Mason 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> Mason County, KY (82) Bracken County, KY (23) Fleming County, KY (16) Lewis County, KY (20) Robertson County, KY (12) Adams County, OH (46) Brown County, OH (56)  MasonCounty(82) Mason County (82)  BrackenCounty(23) Bracken County (23)  FlemingCounty(16) Fleming County (16)  LewisCounty(20) Lewis County (20)  RobertsonCounty(12) Robertson County (12)  AdamsCountyOhio(46) Adams County (46)  BrownCounty(56) Brown County (56)
Maysville is the county seat for Mason County
Adjacent to Mason County, Kentucky
      Bracken County (23)  
      Fleming County (16)  
      Lewis County (20)  
      Robertson County (12)  
      Adams County, Ohio (46)  
      Brown County, Ohio (56)  
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1 Kentucky, Mason County, Dover — 496 — Castro-Metcalfe Duel(Casto-Metcalfe Duel)
On the Ohio River shore near here one of the last duels fought in Kentucky under the “code duello” took place on May 8, 1862 between William T. Castro, former Maysville mayor, and Col. Leonidas Metcalfe, U. S. Army, Son of former . . . Map (db m136295) HM
2 Kentucky, Mason County, Dover — 1439 — Dover Covered Bridge500 ft. South
One of the oldest covered bridges in Kentucky still in use. Erected in 1835, it was originally a toll bridge. The 62-foot span was built in an unusual Queenspost truss design similar to early barn construction. Major repairs were made by Bower . . . Map (db m136339) HM
3 Kentucky, Mason County, Mays Lick — 1628 — Childhood Home of Dr. DrakePioneer Doctor and Educator
Dr. Daniel Drake (1785-1852) came to May’s Lick with his parents at the age of two. He described this area in Pioneer Life in Kentucky. After studying medicine with Dr. William Goforth (Cincinnati), he was first resident doctor of May’s . . . Map (db m136360) HM
4 Kentucky, Mason County, Mays Lick — Disciples of Christ
Congregation est. 1830 by Alexander Campbell Church built 1841 by Louis Wernwag, remodled (sic) 1891 Denomination co-founder Walter Scott first fulltime minister 1850-52Map (db m218028) HM
5 Kentucky, Mason County, Mays Lick — May's Lick Negro School1920
Placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior The school is the only surviving Rosenwald school of its type in northern Kentucky and was the first consolidated Negro school for Mason . . . Map (db m218020) HM
6 Kentucky, Mason County, Mays Lick — Presbyterian Church
Organized June 12, 1793 at Johnson Fork Moved to Smyrna Church location 1816-1849 First church on this site built 1850 Burned Dec. 12, 1876 Present church built 1877Map (db m218023) HM
7 Kentucky, Mason County, Mays Lick — Second Baptist May's Lick
Worshiped with First Baptist May's Lick from 1789 – 1868 Wm Andrew Mitchell deeded present site to Negro trustees Aug 27, 1868Map (db m218030) HM
8 Kentucky, Mason County, Mayslick — 124 — Charles Young Birthplace1864 - 1922 →
Third Negro to graduate from West Point Military Academy. Colonel, United States Army. Distinguished for his service in Haiti and Liberia as a military organizer, map maker and road builder.Map (db m83552) HM
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9 Kentucky, Mason County, Mayslick — 694 — Morgan’s Last RaidConfederate Raids and Invasions, and a Federal Retreat, in Kentucky
On tragic last Kentucky raid, CSA Gen. John H. Morgan and Raiders entered state June 1, 1864, took Mt. Sterling June 8, lost it on 9th, took Lexington on 10th, and Cynthiana on 11th. USA under General S. G. Burbridge defeated CSA next day. Morgan . . . Map (db m83556) HM
10 Kentucky, Mason County, Mayslick — 691 — Morgan's Last RaidConfederate Raids and Invasions, and a Federal Retreat, in Kentucky
On tragic last Kentucky raid, CSA Gen. John H. Morgan and Raiders entered state June 1, 1864, took Mt. Sterling June 8, lost it on 9th, took Lexington on 10th, and Cynthiana on 11th. USA under General S. G. Burbridge defeated CSA next day. Morgan . . . Map (db m83558) HM
11 Kentucky, Mason County, Maysville — "Cane Brake" Visitor's Centerc. 1790
One of the original 119 Cane Brake log cabins built during the 1790's. Used as residence until 1950's two-family dwelling at one time. V-notching construction, rear addition built c. 1805 of frame & brick nogging construction, shake-shingle roof; . . . Map (db m84153) HM
12 Kentucky, Mason County, Maysville — "Washington Courthouse Site"1793
Built by stonemason and Baptist minister Lewis Craig. Struck by lightning in 1909, burned to its stone foundation. Built of limestone, building was 50 ft. X 23 ft. with 2 ft. thick walls. Cupola for bell sat atop 25 ft. Octagonal tower topped by . . . Map (db m84147) HM
13 Kentucky, Mason County, Maysville — 84 — Alanant-O-Wamiowee
Ancient buffalo trace carved in the wilderness by prehistoric animals seeking salt. Trace was later used by buffaloes, mound builders, Indians and pioneer settlers. Also known as Warrior's Trace.Map (db m83623) HM
14 Kentucky, Mason County, Maysville — 877 — Alexander W. Doniphan
Born, 1808, about five miles west. Moved to Mo., 1830. As Brig. Gen., Mo. Militia, quelled Mormon riots with no bloodshed, 1838; refused execute Prophet Smith and others court-martialed. In 1846, Mexican War, formed lst Reg. Mo. Mounted Volunteers . . . Map (db m83594) HM
15 Kentucky, Mason County, Maysville — Buffalo TraceRiver Valley Hunting Grounds — 1600's —
Early dwellers and visitors hunted bison, deer, and other game in Northeast Kentucky. Here, hunters take advantage of icy conditions at the shallow winter Ohio River crossing to kill their prey. The bison, or buffalos, ambling toward the Blue . . . Map (db m83959) HM
16 Kentucky, Mason County, Maysville — 1519 — Early Stage-Mail Route
This route follows the Buffalo Trace from the Ohio to Licking rivers and was first known as "Smith's Wagon Road." In 1829, President Andrew Jackson's Postmaster General, Wm. T. Barry, planned mail stage route, extension of branch of "National Pike," . . . Map (db m83583) HM
17 Kentucky, Mason County, Maysville — 1962 — Elisha GreenReligious Leader
Side 1 Born into slavery in Bourbon County, Elisha Green grew up in Mason County at "Glen Alice" farm outside Maysville. He later purchased freedom for himself and part of his family. A spiritual leader, he helped form African American . . . Map (db m83624) HM
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18 Kentucky, Mason County, Maysville — Front Street Maysville, 1850Sutton's Landing — 1850's —
This county seat and trade center of over 4,500 people daily welcomed freight-hauling steamboats bringing in goods and visitors and picking up hemp, tobacco and whiskey at the bustling foot of Sutton Street. Senator Henry Clay and others stopped . . . Map (db m83974) HM
19 Kentucky, Mason County, Maysville — Gen. Albert Sidney Johnston
Gen. Albert Sidney Johnston Born February 2 - 1803 Washington, KY. Killed at Shiloh Tenn. April 6 - 1862 Graduated West Point 1826, Black Hawk War, War for Texas Independence, Mexican War, . . . Map (db m84142) HM
20 Kentucky, Mason County, Maysville — 1165 — Hemp in Kentucky / Hemp in Mason County
Hemp in Kentucky First crop grown, 1775. From 1840 to 1860, Ky. production largest in U.S. Peak in 1850 was 40,000 tons, with value of $5,000,000. Scores of factories made twine, rope, gunny sacks, bags for cotton picking and marketing. . . . Map (db m83598) HM
21 Kentucky, Mason County, Maysville — 2319 — John Samuel Darrough / Medal of Honor Recipient
Side 1 John Samuel Darrough Born in Maysville on April 6, 1841. His family moved to Iroquois Co., Illinois in 1852. He enlisted in 1862 and served in Co. F, 113th Illinois Infantry where he rose to the rank of Sergeant. He was . . . Map (db m83611) HM
22 Kentucky, Mason County, Maysville — 91 — Johnston Birthplace
Near here on February 3, 1803, General Albert Sidney Johnston, Confederate leader, was born. He resigned from the U.S. Army in 1861 to join the South. Killed at Shiloh, April 6, 1862.Map (db m83579) HM
23 Kentucky, Mason County, Maysville — 1878 — Joseph Desha (1768-1842) / Old Court-New Court Issue
Joseph Desha (1768-1842) As governor, Desha became major proponent of debtor relief. The Pa. native, under Wayne and Harrison, fought Indians and led troops at Battle of Thames, 1813. Elected from Mason Co. to Ky. legislature and . . . Map (db m83585) HM
24 Kentucky, Mason County, Maysville — 738 — Kentucky Historian
Lewis Collins, 1797-1870, born near Bryan's Station, author of Collins' HISTORICAL SKETCHES OF KENTUCKY. He was presiding judge of Mason County, publisher-editor of the EAGLE, lived here 52 years. His 1847 study of his own state-revised by Richard . . . Map (db m83621) HM
25 Kentucky, Mason County, Maysville — La Fayette's Visit to MaysvilleFish Street Landing — May 21, 1825 —
On May 21, 1825, during a third, triumphal, visit to America, the Marquis de la Fayette, 67, visited Maysville. In appreciation for his services on General Washington's staff, and a commander of American troops, the town rolled out the red carpet . . . Map (db m83971) HM
26 Kentucky, Mason County, Maysville — 92 — Lafayette's Tour — The Lafayette Trail —
On May 21, 1825, General Lafayette landed at Fish St. Escorted to Capt. Langhorne's hotel, he dined and met with Revolutionary War veterans.Map (db m221946) HM
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27 Kentucky, Mason County, Maysville — 2121 — Lewis and Clark in Kentucky / John Colter (ca. 1775-1813)
Lewis and Clark in Kentucky John Colter (ca. 1775-1813) One of the "Nine Young Men From Ky." who accompanied Lewis and Clark on 1803-6 expedition. Born in Va., Colter came as a youth to Maysville. Here he met Lewis, enlisted in the . . . Map (db m83614) HM
28 Kentucky, Mason County, Maysville — Lewis Collins' House
Built 1834 by the editor of Maysville's first newspaper and a Kentucky historian. Designated a landmark by the Kentucky Heritage Commission.Map (db m217871) HM
29 Kentucky, Mason County, Maysville — 68 — Limestone
Settled in 1784 by Edward and John Waller and George Lewis. Named Maysville 1787. Pioneer river gateway to the new west. Located on lands owned by John May and Simon Kenton.Map (db m83622) HM
30 Kentucky, Mason County, Maysville — Limestone Landing — 1780's —
Simon Kenton, local militia leader, often greeted new families at Limestone Creek, emptying into the Ohio. Tobacco is inspected and weighed in the late 1780s, when Limestone is chartered as Maysville and Mason County created by Virginia. Folks . . . Map (db m83961) HM
31 Kentucky, Mason County, Maysville — 1941 — Mason County Spy Company
Side 1 Company formed when Simon Kenton proposed to Gen. Charles Scott that a volunteer company of spies (scouts) be selected and trained to protect pioneer settlements. They were called out for short-term duty and became known for . . . Map (db m83601) HM
32 Kentucky, Mason County, Maysville — 1244 — Mason County, 1788
Established by the Va. Legislature, original county taken from Bourbon; included area of 16 present-day counties and parts of 3 others. Named for George Mason, Virginian, author of the Va. Declaration of Rights, 1776, foundation for the US . . . Map (db m136415) HM
33 Kentucky, Mason County, Maysville — 1616 — Maysville Academy
Ulysses S. Grant entered this academy in fall of 1836, at the age of 14. Grant's home was in Georgetown, Ohio; he stayed with his uncle nearby while attending school. One of the most famous institutions in Ohio Valley, it was taught by two eminent . . . Map (db m83678) HM
34 Kentucky, Mason County, Maysville — Maysville G.A.R. Monument
[North face] This monument is erected in honor of the men who volunteered in the Union Army from Mason County, Ky., and served in the War of 1861-1865. [East face] A People’s Tribute. [South face] We remember with . . . Map (db m217886) WM
35 Kentucky, Mason County, Maysville — Maysville River Front 1900 — Early 1900's —
It's the turn of the 19th/20th centuries, and Maysville is in transition. Horse-drawn vehicles will soon vie with the town's first auto; riverboats will come, but the railroad is growing busier. Downtown thrives with new businesses and buildings. . . . Map (db m83977) HM
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36 Kentucky, Mason County, Maysville — 144 — Maysville Road
Built by “Maysville and Washington Turnpike Company,” incorporated January 29, 1829. First four mile stretch, Maysville to Washington, was earliest macadamized road in Kentucky and country west of the Alleghenies. Completed . . . Map (db m136413) HM
37 Kentucky, Mason County, Maysville — 2631 — Maysville Shipbuilding / "Maysville's" Voyaging
Maysville Shipbuilding In the decade prior to the 1807 federal embargo, local shipyards built some half-dozen ocean-going merchant vessels. Among them was the full-rigged ship "Maysville," which launched in 1803. Built by trained shipwrights of . . . Map (db m217885) HM
38 Kentucky, Mason County, Maysville — 92 — Mefford's Fort
Built of boards of the flatboat on which George Mefford, his wife, & thirteen children, of Maryland, descended the Ohio in 1787. Many such houses were built along the river prior to 1800.Map (db m83589) HM
39 Kentucky, Mason County, Maysville — 1492 — Noted Historian
Richard Collins, born in Maysville in 1824, became famous for his authoritative HISTORY OF KENTUCKY, published in 1874. Continued the work of his father, Lewis Collins, who in 1847 published a history of the state. Richard was editor of . . . Map (db m83619) HM
40 Kentucky, Mason County, Maysville — Paxton Inn
The property upon which this Inn stands was acquired by James A. Paxton in 1810. Paxton and subsequent nineteenth century owners of this building operated it as an Inn. Lawyers and townspeople gathered here. In 1918, the . . . Map (db m84141) HM
41 Kentucky, Mason County, Maysville — Phillips' Folly
This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the InteriorMap (db m217879) HM
42 Kentucky, Mason County, Maysville — 2150 — Rosemary Clooney
Rosemary Clooney 1928~2002 Born in Maysville, Rosemary Clooney topped the chart with “Come On-A My House” in 1951. Other hits include “This Ole House” and “Hey There.” Her first film, The Stars Are . . . Map (db m5825) HM
43 Kentucky, Mason County, Maysville — 2206 — Ryan-Pogue House / H. E. Pogue Distillery Co.
Ryan-Pogue House The house on the hillside south of here was built in 1845 by industrialist and emancipator Michael Ryan. He called his home "Riverside." In 1890, Henry E. Pogue, who owned the distillery on this site, purchased the home, naming . . . Map (db m217870) HM
44 Kentucky, Mason County, Maysville — Shackleford Residence
Before the Civil War Dr. John Shackleford lived here and practiced medicine next door. In the late 19th and early 20th century James H. Hall, president of the James H. Hall Plow Factory resided here. By 1913 Michael S. Flarity had purchased the . . . Map (db m123613) HM
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45 Kentucky, Mason County, Maysville — Simon Kenton Memorial1755 — 1836
Simon Kenton, born in Fauquier County, Virginia, was the outstanding pioneer of northern Kentucky. As a spy and scout he was “as prudent as he was brave.” For twenty years he was the leader and guardian of settlers on the northern border. In 1771 . . . Map (db m198543) HM
46 Kentucky, Mason County, Maysville — Simon Kenton Shrine1790
Authentic log cabin built in 1790’s, constructed as a general store operated by Lee, Lashbrooke & Company General Store. Named to honor Simon Kenton, who once owned a store in Washington. V-notching construction, shake-shingle roof.Map (db m84154) HM
47 Kentucky, Mason County, Maysville — 138 — Simon Kenton’s Station
About ½ mile west is site of camp made by Simon Kenton and Thomas Williams in the spring of 1775. They left this camp in the fall and visited stations in area. Kenton returned to camp in 1784, and brought with him a group of his family . . . Map (db m136411) HM
48 Kentucky, Mason County, Maysville — 1839 — Stanley F. Reed (1884-1980)
This Mason Co. native was Associate Justice of U.S. Supreme Court from 1938 to 1957. Served in Ky. General Assembly, 1912-16. Under Hoover and Roosevelt, Reed helped rescue nation from the Depression, as General Counsel of Federal Farm Board and as . . . Map (db m73222) HM
49 Kentucky, Mason County, Maysville — Stanley Forman Reed
In Honor of Stanley Forman Reed Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States Solicitor General of the United States General Counsel  Reconstruction Finance Corporation General Counsel Federal Farm Board . . . Map (db m83676) HM
50 Kentucky, Mason County, Maysville — Taylor's Cornerc. 1829
Built by Ezekial & Dolly (Wood) Forman as wedding present for their daughter Elizabeth and her husband Robert Taylor, Jr. With its three handsome doorways, the Federal styled building was a combination residence and store where one could buy . . . Map (db m123608) HM
51 Kentucky, Mason County, Maysville — The Lee HouseCirca 1790
The Lee House Circa 1790 was entered on the National Register of Historic Places on December 20, 1977Map (db m83978) HM
52 Kentucky, Mason County, Maysville — The Peers HouseBuilt in 1841
Henry Peers worked for the “Maysville Eagle” newspaper owned by his brother-in-law Lewis Collins. Henry's research laid the foundation for the first “History of Kentucky” published in 1848 by Lewis Collins. This book is still a valuable resource . . . Map (db m217874) HM
53 Kentucky, Mason County, Maysville — The Richeson HouseThe Rosemary Clooney House
Built in 1831 for the John Brett Richeson family, founders of the famed Rand-Richeson Academy. Childhood home of movie and singing star Rosemary Clooney. Listed on the National register of Historic PlacesMap (db m217877) HM
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54 Kentucky, Mason County, Maysville — The Russell Theatre9 East Third Street
has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior 1930Map (db m217882) HM
55 Kentucky, Mason County, Maysville — Town of Washington, American Revolution Memorial
To Honor and Commemorate the Men who Fought in The American Revolution and Sleep in the Town of Washington Arthur Barkalow · Edward Harris William Bickley · John John William Cheeseman · Thomas Marshall John Coulter · William . . . Map (db m202410) WM
56 Kentucky, Mason County, Maysville — Underground Rail Road — Circa 1840 —
Prior to the end of the Civil War, escaping slaves sought freedom via the Underground Rail Road. Fugitives led by "conductors" traveled by darkness to refuges or "stations." Quilts often guided them, sometimes with the Drinking Gourd (Big Dipper) . . . Map (db m83976) HM
57 Kentucky, Mason County, Maysville — 1696 — Washington Baptist Church Cemetery / Washington Baptist Cemetery
Washington Baptist Church Cemetery Site of Limestone Baptist Church (renamed Washington), organized in 1785 by Wm. Wood, first pastor. He and Arthur Fox, Sr., bought land from Simon Kenton and laid out Washington that year. Wood gave . . . Map (db m83597) HM
58 Kentucky, Mason County, Maysville — Washington Hall1820
Grand hotel built by several prominent citizens in hopes of keeping the county seat in Washington. The effort failed to convince state officials the village could accommodate the many visitors for court related business and Washington lost the . . . Map (db m84150) HM
59 Kentucky, Mason County, Maysville — Washington, Kentucky Post Office
Washington, Kentucky First post-office for North-West Territory. Mail distributed to seven states. 1789 Placed by ”Washington Study Club”Map (db m123609) HM
60 Kentucky, Mason County, Maysville — 1893 — William G. Kenton (1941-1981)
This Maysville native was elected to Kentucky House in 1969. Became Speaker in 1976 at age 34 and served until death. Achievements included leading legislative independence movement and increasing public participation in government. William Kenton's . . . Map (db m83605) HM
61 Kentucky, Mason County, Maysville, Old Washington — "Albert Sidney Johnston House"1797
Childhood home of Civil War Confederate General Sidney Johnston. His death at the Battle of Shiloh (TN) was said to be a turning point of the war. The family of Civil War Union General William "Bull" Nelson resided here after the death of . . . Map (db m218009) HM
62 Kentucky, Mason County, Maysville, Old Washington — Bayless-Forman-Taylor Housec. 1802
Built by captain Benjamin Bayless, a Washington Trustee in 1798, who married Elizabeth Wood, daughter of George Wood. Later owned by three generations of the Forman family who settled in Washington c. 1790. It descended to the Taylor . . . Map (db m217959) HM
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63 Kentucky, Mason County, Maysville, Old Washington — Brick Outbuildingc. 1795
Early Smokehouse or Indian Fort? The 1975 Historic American Building Survey states. "It is impossible to disprove completely the building's design as a fortification, but it is more likely that the structure was dual purpose utility building." . . . Map (db m217965) HM
64 Kentucky, Mason County, Maysville, Old Washington — Brodrick Tavern
On May 26th, 1789, at the first meeting of the Mason County Court, David Brodrick was granted permission "to keep and ordinary in his house." Brodrick became a prominent merchant, land owner and town trustee. In 1792 he narrowly escaped . . . Map (db m217902) HM
65 Kentucky, Mason County, Maysville, Old Washington — Cane Brakec.1790
One of the original 119 log cabins built during the 1790's. V-notching construction. Addition added c. 1805 of frame & brick noggin construction, shake-shingle roof.Map (db m217957) HM
66 Kentucky, Mason County, Maysville, Old Washington — Dr. William Goforth Housec.1790's
Goforth built this home on property adjacent to Arthur Fox's Station in late 1700's. Two-story, double pen, English heavy Timber frame house exists under siding. Property transferred to Angeline Bickley in 1871; remained in Bickley . . . Map (db m218016) HM
67 Kentucky, Mason County, Maysville, Old Washington — Harriet Beecher Stowe
was a guest in this house in 1833 Placed by "Washington Study Club"Map (db m218056) HM
68 Kentucky, Mason County, Maysville, Old Washington — Harriet Beecher Stowe Slavery to Freedom Museumc.1807
In the 1795 home of Marshall Key, Mason County Clerk. Museum explorers (sic) the local tradition that Harriet Beecher visited this home in the 1830-40's, and drew upon her experience as a witness to slavery when writing her novel Uncle . . . Map (db m217962) HM
69 Kentucky, Mason County, Maysville, Old Washington — Haven's Chapel1941
Early Methodist Church formed in 1882. Began as a one-room frame building in 1874 during post-conscription era by free persons of color. Church destroyed by fire on three occasions; current structure built 1941 and continues to hold services . . . Map (db m217958) HM
70 Kentucky, Mason County, Maysville, Old Washington — Murphy-Lasbrooke Home1805
Built by William Murphy, Washington's third postmaster; native woods used throughout home. Home illustrates transition between 18th and 19th century architectural style & form. Washington's first newspaper The Mirror established at this site in 1797 . . . Map (db m218013) HM
71 Kentucky, Mason County, Maysville, Old Washington — Old Church Museum
Formerly the Methodist Episcopal Church South. Slavery issue split church into Methodist Episcopal Church North and South. This church was built with a separate slave gallery that was removed during renovation in 1970's. Rondels on eastern wall of . . . Map (db m217888) HM
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72 Kentucky, Mason County, Maysville, Old Washington — Paxton Inn1810
A favorite meeting place for lawyers and citizens to discuss politics and other issues of the day, including slavery. The Kentucky Telephone Company opened an exchange in the old inn after it passed through several owners. In 1966, the . . . Map (db m217972) HM
73 Kentucky, Mason County, Maysville, Old Washington — Pillsbury Boy's Schoolc. 1812
Built by Dr. Basil Duke, Zerelda Pillsbury purchased this building with $500 and opened a boy's school in 1865. Home has four fireplace original mantels, walls are three bricks thick. When present restored home in 1976 they found initials . . . Map (db m217977) HM
74 Kentucky, Mason County, Maysville, Old Washington — Row Houses1795
Frame buildings are said to be oldest row houses still standing in Mason County: built as stores in early business section of town. Construction dates from 1795 to 1840/1860. North end row house, which is the oldest, has fireplace and windows . . . Map (db m217970) HM
75 Kentucky, Mason County, Maysville, Old Washington — Site of First Postal Stationc. 1789
West of the Allegheny Mountains. Originally located at the northern end of Main Street; first postal station in Kentucky, before it was formed as a state from Virginia, was located in Mason County. It was a distribution point for the Northwest . . . Map (db m217906) HM
76 Kentucky, Mason County, Maysville, Old Washington — Site of Washington Jail1790
After protests from Sheriff Thomas Waring in 1789 about escaping inmates from existing jail, bids were let for a new jail in 1790. Completed in 1796, the new jail was an 8 ft. x 16 ft., two-room stone structure with a 10 ft. pitch. John . . . Map (db m217955) HM
77 Kentucky, Mason County, Maysville, Old Washington — Stone House1799
One of several limestone houses that once stood in Washington: walls are two feet deep, the structure represents the rapid transition from log cabins to brick homes. Folklore says a young lawyer covered the house in a stucco substance after his . . . Map (db m217964) HM
78 Kentucky, Mason County, Maysville, Old Washington — Tollhouses
During most of the 19th century, all major roads in Kentucky were maintained by private companies. Travelers paid a fee at a tollhouse to use the company's road. This original tollhouse is typical of the 13 tollhouses which existed on . . . Map (db m217974) HM
79 Kentucky, Mason County, Maysville, Old Washington — Washington Presbyterian Church1870
Presbyterian Church was second established church in Washington in 1792. Gothic Revival structure, the entire interior is covered with pressed tin paneling including the stained glass window over the entrance. Church history says this may have . . . Map (db m217960) HM
80 Kentucky, Mason County, Minerva — 2207 — Bracken Baptist Church
Church constituted in 1793 by the Rev. Lewis Craig, leader of the “Traveling Church.” Bracken Baptist Association also formed here in 1799. The congregation divided over slavery in 1805, with each faction having own pastor. . . . Map (db m136342) HM
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81 Kentucky, Mason County, Orangeburg — 1501 — Williamsburg/Orangeburg
Established as Williamsburg, 1796. Named for John Williams, co-founder with Moses Bennett & Harry Parker. Village located on Stone Lick Creek, along Cabin Creek War Road, a main path into-central Kentucky for early pioneers. Name changed to . . . Map (db m180461) HM
82 Kentucky, Mason County, Sardis — 695 — Morgan’s Last RaidConfederate Raids and Invasions, and a Federal Retreat, in Kentucky
On tragic last Kentucky raid, CSA Gen. John H. Morgan and Raiders entered state June 1, 1864, took Mt. Sterling June 8, lost it on 9th, took Lexington on 10th, and Cynthiana on 11th. USA under Gen. S. G. Burbridge defeated CSA next day. . . . Map (db m136357) HM
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Oct. 2, 2023