“You'd better watch out. You'd better not cry. You’d better not pout. I’m telling you way—Santa Claus is coming to town.” This holiday warning, delivered to children annually from November to December 25, calls to mind the North Pole,…

Historical Marker #2529 commemorates the vibrant history of the First English Lutheran Church of Louisville. Established by fourteen founding members in 1872, the church set out to practice their religion in English in a thoroughly German portion of…

Believed to be pregnant with twins at the age of forty-five, Crawford and her local doctors discovered something was amiss as her purported due date came and went without any sign of birth. Dr. Ephraim McDowell who had already earned regional acclaim…

Joseph Logsdon, who grew to earn the nickname "Big Joe," was born in Virginia and moved to the Kentucky frontier as a young man. The path his life took resembled the broader currents of westward migration that shaped the country in the late…

Historical Marker #2527 celebrates the 100+ years that the Family Services Assocaition of Boyle County has worked to improve the lives of local residents. Founded in the second decade of the twentieth century, the organization that became the Family…

Historical Marker #173 commemorates a Civil War raid led by James J. Andrews.Andrews, a civilian resident of Flemingsburg, proposed and organized a raid to seize a Confederate locomotive and destroy supply and communication lines between Atlanta and…

Historical Marker #2509 commemorates the life of Henry Tureman Allen.Allen's life and accomplishments spanned the transition from the eighteenth to the nineteenth century. Born in antebellum Sharpsburg in 1859, his earliest years coincided with the…

Historical Marker #2489 commemorates the life of Colonel John Dils, Jr. John Dils, Jr. was one of the most successful men in antebellum Pike County. Upon arriving in the region from northern Virginia around 1840, Dils spent some time as a…

Historical maker #2526 commemorates the original home of St. Michael's Parish, the third Catholic parish established in the state of Kentucky. St. Michael's, located in Fairfield in Nelson County, served as an incubator for Catholicism in the state.…

Historical marker #2521 commemorates the life of Willis A. "Mose" Lee Jr. Lee was an Owen County native whose accomplishments had largely faded from public memory until a group of middle schoolers restored the Vice Admiral to a prominent place in the…

Whether known as the Montgomery Street School, the Emma Dolfinger School, the Portland Christian School, or simply "The Dolfinger," this building has played central parts in the Portland neighborhood and broader Kentucky history. For more than 160…

Historical Marker #1728 marks Dils Cemetery in Pikeville. Dils Cemetery is the resting place of Randolph and Sarah McCoy, as well as their daughter, Roseanna, son, Sam, and Sam’s wife, Martha.  Each of these McCoys had their lives shaped by the…

Historical Marker #1913 commemorates one of the last incidents in the Hatfield-McCoy feud. Ellison Mounts, a poor twenty-five-year-old who took part in the raid of the McCoy’s home in 1888, was found guilty of the murder of Alifair McCoy (event…

Historical Marker #1866 marks the Pike County Courthouse and Jail, where members of the Hatfield family were tried and found guilty of the murders of Tolbert, Randolph, Jr., Pharmer, Alifair, and Calvin McCoy. In September 1889, the bloody results of…

Marker #2145 marks Randolph and Sarah McCoy’s home in Pikeville, where they moved after their Blackberry Creek home was burned in 1888 (covered on marker #2062).  Perry Cline, a Pikeville lawyer and distant relative of the McCoys who had a past…

Historical Marker #2434 is dedicated to Frank and Nancy McCoy Phillips. “Bad” Frank Phillips was appointed by the Kentucky governor to arrest members of the Hatfield family. Phillip’s appointment followed the resumption of violence in the…

Historical Marker #2067 marks the McCoy Cemetery where three of Randolph McCoy’s sons—Tolbert, Pharmer, and Randolph, Jr. are buried. All three brothers, as well as Alifair and Calvin McCoy were killed by Hatfields in various incidents. Tolbert,…

Historical Marker #2062 is at the site of the original Randolph McCoy home on Blackberry Creek, which was burned on January 1, 1888, during a Hatfield raid. Randolph and his wife Sarah subsequently moved to Pikeville where he operated a ferry. The…

Historical Marker #2047 marks the site of the notorious pawpaw tree incident in 1882.   The violence of the pawpaw tree incident grew from a spark ignited by an election-day altercation between Tolbert McCoy, a son of Randolph “Old Ranel” McCoy,…

Historical Marker #2176 tells the story of the doomed love affair between Roseanna McCoy, Randolph’s daughter, and Johnse Hatfield, son of “Devil Anse” and their daughter Sarah Elizabeth (Sally) McCoy who died only a few months after her…

Historical Marker #2066 commemorates the site of the 1878 Hog Trial and the 1882 election fight (covered in Marker #2047). In the fall of 1878, William “Devil Anse” Hatfield’s cousin, Floyd Hatfield drove his hogs into pens for fattening on the…

Historical Marker #2068 marks the location where Asa Harmon McCoy was shot by the Logan Wildcats on January 7, 1865. The younger brother of McCoy patriarch Randolph “Old Ranel” McCoy, Harmon was a Union veteran, who mustered out of service on…

Historical Marker #904 commemorates the volunteers of Breathitt County during World War I. Better known as home to feuding Appalachians, Breathitt County gained national prominence by filling their quota of troops without relying on the draft. This…

Historical Marker #2126 commemorates Camp Zachary Taylor, one of sixteen national army training camps created during World War I. The city of Louisville won the contest to host the camp over competition from other regional centers, including…

Ollie Murray James was born in Marion, Kentucky in 1871. After serving as a Page at the state legislature as a teenager, James decided to enter law and politics. Eventually, he became an important voice, first in state and later in national political…

Born in eastern Kentucky in 1891, William Sandlin rose to national prominence for his military exploits in World War I. Upon returning home, he used his celebrity to raise awareness of the costs of adult illiteracy. His 1949 death was attributed to…

Vertner Woodson Tandy was born in Lexington in 1885. He was the son of Henry A. Tandy, a respected African American mason whose firm contracted to do the brickwork for the Lexington Courthouse, among other prominent buildings. Vertner Tandy attended…

Historical Marker #1692 commemorates the Louisville Memorial Auditorium, which was built to honor those who died in World War I. The Louisville War Memorial Auditorium emerged from a prewar proposal to construct a municipal auditorium that became…

Historical Marker #2457 in Lincoln County commemorates the history of the Stanford Female College, which provided local young women, as well as those from other towns and states, a college education. The Stanford Female Seminary was incorporated…

Historical Marker #2473 commemorates the portion of Boone Trace leaving the relatively level Laurel County area into the mountainous and remote Rockcastle County area which became quite arduous for the Daniel Boone and his trailblazing party during…