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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Ohio County, Kentucky

Clickable Map of Ohio 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> Ohio County, KY (27) Breckinridge County, KY (17) Butler County, KY (13) Daviess County, KY (40) Grayson County, KY (10) Hancock County, KY (12) McLean County, KY (10) Muhlenberg County, KY (12)  OhioCounty(27) Ohio County (27)  BreckinridgeCounty(17) Breckinridge County (17)  ButlerCounty(13) Butler County (13)  DaviessCounty(40) Daviess County (40)  GraysonCounty(10) Grayson County (10)  HancockCounty(12) Hancock County (12)  McLeanCounty(10) McLean County (10)  MuhlenbergCounty(12) Muhlenberg County (12)
Hartford is the county seat for Ohio County
Adjacent to Ohio County, Kentucky
      Breckinridge County (17)  
      Butler County (13)  
      Daviess County (40)  
      Grayson County (10)  
      Hancock County (12)  
      McLean County (10)  
      Muhlenberg County (12)  
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1 Kentucky, Ohio County, Beaver Dam — 1330 — Beaver Dam
Named for an unusually large dam made by beavers across a nearby stream. First settlers came in 1798 and founded the first Baptist Church here, in year Ohio County formed. Town incorporated, 1873. In early times, area covered by canebrakes . . . Map (db m159259) HM
2 Kentucky, Ohio County, Centertown — 1370 — CeralvoThree Miles South
Name derived from Spanish word meaning deer. Traditionally deer watered and crossed river there. Town was laid out by H.D. Taylor Mar 1851. Ceralvo took its place as thriving river town. Became an important shipping point for both passengers and . . . Map (db m159263) HM
3 Kentucky, Ohio County, Cromwell — 2331 — Cromwell Consolidated School
Built in 1921 by Sublett & Hafner contractors for a sum of $9.000. Consisted of four classrooms with basement housing a coal furnace. School originally had grades 1-10; grades 11 & 12 were added in 1924. In 1929, a gym, two classrooms, & stage . . . Map (db m159219) HM
4 Kentucky, Ohio County, Hartford — Barnett's Station
Here stood the fort known as Barnett's Station established by the brothers Joseph Barnett and Alexander Barnett February 1783 or prior thereto One of the first three forts erected in western Kentucky It was the scene . . . Map (db m159275) HM
5 Kentucky, Ohio County, Hartford — 1463 — Barnett's Station
Site of one of the earliest forts erected in this area. Established by brothers Joseph and Alexander Barnett who came from Virginia to Kentucky in early 1780s. Settlement was frequently raided by Indians. During an attack in April 1790, two children . . . Map (db m159265) HM
6 Kentucky, Ohio County, Hartford — 1144 — County Named, 1798
For the Ohio River, originally its northern boundary. From this territory has been formed Butler, Grayson, Daviess, Hancock, McLean Counties. Two settlements were Hartford Station, about 1785, and Barnett's Station, founded by Col. Joseph Barnett in . . . Map (db m159282) HM
7 Kentucky, Ohio County, Hartford — 581 — Courthouse Burned
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. At Hartford, garrison captured by Lyon, Dec. 20 . . . Map (db m159280) HM
8 Kentucky, Ohio County, Hartford — 1267 — Early Surgery
The first known successful removal of an entire collarbone, performed in 1813, by Dr. Charles McCreery. The patient, a 14-year-old boy, “made a complete recovery with perfect use of his arm, living past middle age.” Dr. McCreery was . . . Map (db m159271) HM
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9 Kentucky, Ohio County, Hartford — 1485 — Famous Kentucky Artist
Charles Courtney Curran, a Hartford native, became well known as an artist. Born in 1861; at age 27 received the 3rd Hallgarten prize for his painting “A Breezy Day.” In 1890 his “Lotus Lilies of Lake Erie” won honorable . . . Map (db m159266) HM
10 Kentucky, Ohio County, Hartford — 1259 — First Bridge
Site of the first covered bridge here, built in 1823, thought to be the first across the Rough River. This was later replaced by another similar one after the decay of the first. Earlier crossings were by ford or ferry. An iron bridge was . . . Map (db m159287) HM
11 Kentucky, Ohio County, Hartford — 1196 — First Public Building
Ohio County's first jail and courthouse, a combined two-story, log structure, built 1799-1800. The second-story courtroom was of “well-hewed logs, with a raised bench for the court, a bar for the attorneys, with bannisters and rails.” . . . Map (db m159276) HM
12 Kentucky, Ohio County, Hartford — Fort Hartford
. . . Map (db m159279) HM
13 Kentucky, Ohio County, Hartford — 1829 — John C. Thomas House
This house erected in 1880 on land originally donated to the town by pioneer Gabriel Madison in 1799. Now owned by Ohio County Historical Society, the home is its museum. It was the former home of John C. Thomas, early Hartford merchant. With two . . . Map (db m159273) HM
14 Kentucky, Ohio County, Hartford — 1548 — Man of Courage
William Smeathers took part in American Revolution and War of 1812; helped erect fort here and at Vienna (later Calhoun) in early 1780s. He was the subject of a sketch by Washington Irving, 1797. Smeathers served on first grand jury of the Court . . . Map (db m159270) HM
15 Kentucky, Ohio County, Hartford — Ohio County World Wars Memorial
This memorial erected by the veterans and citizens of Ohio County and dedicated to the memory of the boys who gave their lives in World War I and II World War I 1917-18 ☆ World War II 1941-45 War I Alsip, Samuel • . . . Map (db m160164) WM
16 Kentucky, Ohio County, Hartford — 1834 — Rev. William Downs
This orator, debater, and minister was also a teacher, Bible scholar, and hymn composer. He preached near the Lincoln home on Knob Creek and baptized Abraham's father, Thomas Lincoln. William Downs was born 1782 in old fort at site of Hartford. . . . Map (db m159269) HM
17 Kentucky, Ohio County, Hartford — 1858 — Richard Parks Bland
This fiery native son of Hartford, later a Missouri congressman for 24 years, embraced bimetallism, or “Free Silver,” as solution to widespread indebtedness. “Silver Dick” (1835-99), a noted orator, also denounced monopolies, . . . Map (db m159267) HM
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18 Kentucky, Ohio County, Hartford — 1195 — Site of Fort Hartford
Settled before 1790, this area was often scene of bloody strife with Indians. There is evidence that a settlement was made at present site of Hartford in 1782, first fortified place in the lower Green River Valley. Land was donated by Gabriel . . . Map (db m159283) HM
19 Kentucky, Ohio County, McHenry — 1674 — McHenry
The town was named for Henry D. McHenry, lawyer, banker, state representative and senator. His influence brought railroad — and coal-burning locomotives — to Ohio Co. Member of Convention, 1890-91, which framed Kentucky's present (4th) . . . Map (db m159262) HM
20 Kentucky, Ohio County, Rosine — Clarence Wilson Home
Two thirds of a mile through the woods is the home of Uncle Pen's dearest friend, Clarence Wilson. Musician, farmer, country lender, Clarence and his wife, Minnie, took care of the legendary Pen after his hip was broken. The accident occurred . . . Map (db m159258) HM
21 Kentucky, Ohio County, Rosine — Home of Charlie and Betty Monroe
Home of Charlie Monroe and first wife Betty (Miller) Monroe, built ca. 1943. After a successful music career, Charlie retired here in 1957 and mined coal on the property until it was sold in 1964.Map (db m159256) HM
22 Kentucky, Ohio County, Rosine — Jerusalem Ridge
Half a mile or so to the south of here is Jerusalem Ridge, made famous by Bill Monroe's 1975 instrumental recording of the same name. Slightly higher in elevation than Pigeon Ridge (where the Homeplace stands), Jerusalem Ridge was one of the . . . Map (db m159253) HM
23 Kentucky, Ohio County, Rosine — Monroe Homeplace
The Monroe Homeplace has been called the most musical home in America. It is not only the birthplace of three famous musicians it is also the birthplace of the American musical form known today as Bluegrass. After farm chores were done, the . . . Map (db m159252) HM
24 Kentucky, Ohio County, Rosine — 1672 — PFC Wesley Phelps / Medal of Honor Winner
PFC Wesley Phelps This Congressional Medal of Honor winner, born in Grayson County, June 12, 1923, is buried in Rosine Cemetery. Phelps served with Third Battalion, Seventh Marines, First Marine Division, during World War II. The honor was . . . Map (db m159223) HM WM
25 Kentucky, Ohio County, Rosine — 1510 — Rosine
Post office here was established as Pigeon Roost, January 16, 1872. The name was changed to Rosine, June 10, 1873, in honor of Jennie Taylor McHenry, 1832-1914, a poet who wrote under the pen name of “Rosine.” A collection of her poems . . . Map (db m159251) HM
26 Kentucky, Ohio County, Rosine — Rosine Area Veterans Monument
Lest we forget... In memory and in honor of all Rosine area veterans of the United States Armed Forces Paul R McDaniel USMC 1955-1958 • Hughes Meredith Civil War • Phelps Wesley USMC KIA 1944 Medal Honor • Rains Onis Sgt. US Army WWII . . . Map (db m159228) WM
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27 Kentucky, Ohio County, Rosine — William Smith Bill Monroe
William Smith Bill Monroe was the youngest of eight children born to James Buchanan Monroe and Melissa Ann Monroe at the Monroe homeplace on Jerusalem Ridge near Rosine, Kentucky. As a youngster, Bill worked on the family farm and attended . . . Map (db m82263) HM
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Jun. 2, 2023