“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

London, Kentucky Historical Markers

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By Don Morfe, April 16, 2014
Battle of London Marker
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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

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