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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Hartford, 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
Hartford is in Ohio County
      Ohio County (27)  
      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, 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
2 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
3 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
4 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
5 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
6 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
7 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
8 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
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9 Kentucky, Ohio County, Hartford — Fort Hartford
. . . Map (db m159279) HM
10 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
11 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
12 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
13 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
14 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
15 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
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Dec. 4, 2023