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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Shelby County, Kentucky

Clickable Map of Shelby 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> Shelby County, KY (25) Anderson County, KY (7) Franklin County, KY (170) Henry County, KY (9) Jefferson County, KY (357) Oldham County, KY (28) Spencer County, KY (8)  ShelbyCounty(25) Shelby County (25)  AndersonCounty(7) Anderson County (7)  FranklinCounty(170) Franklin County (170)  HenryCounty(9) Henry County (9)  JeffersonCounty(357) Jefferson County (357)  OldhamCounty(28) Oldham County (28)  SpencerCounty(8) Spencer County (8)
Shelbyville is the county seat for Shelby County
Adjacent to Shelby County, Kentucky
      Anderson County (7)  
      Franklin County (170)  
      Henry County (9)  
      Jefferson County (357)  
      Oldham County (28)  
      Spencer County (8)  
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1 Kentucky, Shelby County, Shelbyville — 709 — Benj. Logan-Pioneer / James Knox-Pioneer
Benj. Logan~~Pioneer In French and Indian, Dunmore's, Revolutionary Wars. In 1775 came to Kentucky with Boone, Henderson. Separated at Hazel Patch. Built Logan's Fort (St. Asaph's), 1776. In Virginia Assembly, 1781-87; Ky. conventions to . . . Map (db m136853) HM
2 Kentucky, Shelby County, Shelbyville — 2115 — Birthplace of Governor Augustus Owsley Stanley / Stanley-Casey House
Birthplace of Governor Augustus Owsley Stanley A. O. Stanley, Governor of Ky. from 1915-19, was born May 21, 1867, in Shelbyville and lived in this house as a child. The son of Rev. Wm. and Amanda Owsley Stanley, he was school principal . . . Map (db m136869) HM
3 Kentucky, Shelby County, Shelbyville — Brownlea FarmsNational Register of Historic Places — Founded March 4th 1887 —
In memory of and appreciation for its founders and operators John Cameron and Mary King Brown John Edwin and Sarah Logan Brown Edwin Logan and Mona Lewis Brown Edwin Logan, Jr. and Wm. Lewis BrownMap (db m203115) HM
4 Kentucky, Shelby County, Shelbyville — Founder Capt. William Shannon1740 - 1794
. . . Map (db m137303) HM
5 Kentucky, Shelby County, Shelbyville — 2214 — Lewis and Clark in Kentucky 1806 Return of Expedition / Death of Meriwether Lewis
Lewis and Clark in Kentucky 1806 Return of Expedition Meriwether Lewis & William Clark, leaders of the 1803-06 journey to the Pacific, visited Shelbyville several times. In Nov. 1806, on the Expedition's return, Lewis arrived with . . . Map (db m136887) HM
6 Kentucky, Shelby County, Shelbyville — Lynching in America / Lynching of Sam PulliamCommunity Remembrance Project
Lynching in America Racial terror lynching between 1877 and 1950 claimed the lives of thousands of African Americans and created a legacy of injustice that can still be felt today. Following the Civil War, fierce resistance to equal rights for . . . Map (db m203123) HM
7 Kentucky, Shelby County, Shelbyville — Lynching in ShelbyvilleCommunity Remembrance Project
In the early morning of January 15, 1911, a White mob abducted three Black men named Eugene Marshall, Wade Patterson, and Jim West from the Shelby County Jail. Although reports indicate that police were aware of the threat of mob violence, law . . . Map (db m175130) HM
8 Kentucky, Shelby County, Shelbyville — 848 — Pioneer Station / Squire Boone
Pioneer Station Squire Boone's Station or Painted Stone, half mile west on Clear Creek. Founded by Squire Boone and others, 1779. Born Penn., 1744, taken to N.C. as child. Came Ky. with brother Daniel in 1769. In summer 1775 came here, . . . Map (db m175128) HM
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9 Kentucky, Shelby County, Shelbyville — Reconstruction in America / Lynching of Reuben DennisCommunity Remembrance Project
Reconstruction in America The end of the U.S. Civil War and the emancipation of enslaved Black people ushered in the era of Reconstruction. America had an opportunity to drastically change the experience of formerly enslaved Black people . . . Map (db m203119) HM
10 Kentucky, Shelby County, Shelbyville — 971 — Science Hill School
For 114 continuous years, an outstanding school for girls. Directed by the founder 54 years then by one family 60 years, it ranked among nation's foremost college preparatory schools. Principals Mrs. Julia A. Tevis      1825-1879 W. T. . . . Map (db m136854) HM
11 Kentucky, Shelby County, Shelbyville — Shelby County WWI Honor Roll
This tablet is dedicated in memory of the boys of Shelby County who gave their lives and were wounded in the World War. Those Who Gave Their Lives {List of names} Those Who Were Wounded . . . Map (db m137633) WM
12 Kentucky, Shelby County, Shelbyville — 1238 — Shelby County, 1792
Formed from a part of Jefferson County, it was the third created after Kentucky became a state. Named in honor of Isaac Shelby, 1750-1826, first Kentucky governor, 1792-96; elected again 1812-16. In the Revolutionary War, Indian campaigns, and War . . . Map (db m136872) HM
13 Kentucky, Shelby County, Shelbyville — 1379 — Shelbyville Fountain
This fountain was purchased jointly in 1895 by city and county from J. L. Mott Iron Works, New York. It was erected at intersection of Fifth and Main Sts. upon the completion of Shelbyville's first public water works. Moved in 1914 to public square . . . Map (db m161768) HM
14 Kentucky, Shelby County, Shelbyville — 28 — Squire Boone's Station, 1779
"Painted Stone" 2½ miles north on Eminence Road, thence, ½ mile west to site on Clear Creek. For nearly 2 years, only large station on the Wilderness Road, between Harrodstown and the Falls of the Ohio River. Ground plan found among papers . . . Map (db m136884) HM
15 Kentucky, Shelby County, Shelbyville — Tevis Cottage
This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the InteriorMap (db m203125) HM
16 Kentucky, Shelby County, Shelbyville — 1129 — The Armstrong Hotel
Established in 1859 by George A. Armstrong and was known for its good food and lodgings. Guerrilla leader Ed Terrell stopped here briefly, May 26, 1866. Attempting to escape, he was mortally wounded nearby. Brigadier General Henry H. Denhardt was . . . Map (db m136871) HM
17 Kentucky, Shelby County, Shelbyville — 1089 — The Blockhouse / Martin's Raid
The Blockhouse Built in 1858 by townspeople for civil defense against guerrillas. Located in middle of intersection. Measured 12 by 18 feet with loopholes on all sides. Manned by townsmen when alarm sounded. Several encounters with gangs . . . Map (db m136885) HM
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18 Kentucky, Shelby County, Simpsonville — 2283 — "Horrible Massacre" / African American Cemetery
"Horrible Massacre" On January 25, 1865, Co. E. 5th United States Colored Calvary (USCC) attacked by Confederate guerillas while driving herd of 900 cattle to Louisville. About 22 men killed and at least eight severely wounded. Based at Camp . . . Map (db m136842) HM
19 Kentucky, Shelby County, Simpsonville — 1128 — Capt. John Simpson
Simpsonville and Simpson County, Kentucky, were named for the Captain who fought with Wayne at Fallen Timbers, practiced law in Shelbyville, and was elected to the State Legislature four times. Elected to Congress in 1812. He and another Shelby . . . Map (db m161770) HM
20 Kentucky, Shelby County, Simpsonville — 1930 — Lincoln Institute Campus
Founded by Berea College trustees with Pres. Frost main fundraiser. This occurred after Day Law (1904) stopped coeducation of whites and blacks. In 1909, Berea board bought three farms totaling 444 acres for a school. Lincoln Institute opened to 85 . . . Map (db m136845) HM
21 Kentucky, Shelby County, Simpsonville — 1889 — Old Stone Inn
This structure on Midland Trail has been a tavern, stagecoach inn, and home since built in early 1800s. Erected from stone quarried nearby. Oldest stone residence in Shelby County still standing and occupied. Operated as early tavern; among its . . . Map (db m136852) HM
22 Kentucky, Shelby County, Simpsonville — Simpsonville Methodist Church
This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the InteriorMap (db m203128) HM
23 Kentucky, Shelby County, Simpsonville — 2170 — Thelma L. Stovall1919 - 1994
[Side A] Entered political service in 1949 when she was elected to the Kentucky state legislature. For the next 34 years, Stovall served Kentucky in a variety of elected & appointed positions, including secretary of state, state treasurer, . . . Map (db m75072) HM
24 Kentucky, Shelby County, Simpsonville — 1419 — Whitney M. Young, Jr. (1921-1971)
Civil rights leader born here. Son of distinguished educator, Dr. Whitney M. Young, Sr. Served in US Army, World War II. Graduated Ky. State College, 1941; U. of Minn., 1947. Director of Urban Leagues in Minn. and Neb., 1947-53. Dean of School of . . . Map (db m136849) HM
25 Kentucky, Shelby County, Waddy — 2213 — Lewis and Clark in Kentucky / Death of Meriwether Lewis
Lewis and Clark in Kentucky William Clark, coleader of the famous Lewis and Clark Expedition to the Pacific, spent the night of October 28, 1809, at John Shannon's Tavern near present Graefenburg. That day he read that Lewis, his . . . Map (db m136897) HM
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Jun. 10, 2023