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Stories by author "Hopewell Museum": 25

Historical Marker # 2407 in Millersburg commemorates the Millersburg Military Institute (MMI), which was established in 1893. Colonel C. M. Best, a native of Virginia, founded the MMI in the former Kentucky Wesleyan College building on Main…

Historical Marker #2408 in Bourbon County remembers the Frankfort and Cincinnati Railroad and the Centerville depot. Although called the Frankfort and Cincinnati Railroad, the line only ran the 40 miles from Frankfort to Paris. It operated until…

Historical Marker #178 in Paris honors William Holmes McGuffey, creator of the famous "McGuffey Readers" textbooks. William H. McGuffey was born in Washington County, Pennsylvania, in 1800. He spent his youth in that area, and adjoining Ohio,…

Historical Marker #82 in Bourbon County highlights the first home of James Garrard, the second governor of Kentucky. Governor James Garrard's first house, located on Stoner Creek, was called "Fairfield." It was constructed before 1785 and was…

Historical Marker #753 in Bourbon County marks the site of Mt. Gilead Methodist Meeting House, which was founded in 1792. The founder of Mt. Gilead, Caleb Jarvis Taylor, was born in Maryland in 1763, into the Roman Catholic faith. He left home at…

Historical Marker #1596 in Bourbon County gives the history of Silas Baptist Church in Bourbon County. Silas Baptist Church is located 12 miles from Paris at the junction of the Silas and Collins Pikes. The congregation was first organized…

Historical Marker #1462 in Bourbon County tells the story of Ruddle's Mill, one of Bourbon County's first industrial districts. The location of Isaac Ruddell's grist mill, the "mill seat," required legal authorization and a proper location for…

Historical Marker #150 in Bourbon County commemorates Martin's Station, an important frontier Kentucky settlement that was captured by British Captain Henry Byrd in 1780. John Martin, an early Kentucky pioneer who had spent time at Fort…

Historical Marker #2147 in Millersburg commemorates the many accomplishments of Minnie Mae Jones, who was born February 8, 1904, to a racially mixed mother and white father. As a child Mae Street Kidd was discriminated against by both white and…

Historical Marker #1141 in Bourbon County marks the birthplace of John Fox, Jr., born December 16, 1862, at Stony Point between Paris and Winchester. John Fox, Jr., the son of John Fox and his second wife, Minerva Carr, lived in Bourbon County…

Historical Marker #1283 in Bourbon County marks Johnston's Inn, which was illustrated on John Filson's 1784 map of Kentucky. Johston's Inn is recognized as the oldest house in Bourbon County. It is located on John Filson's famous 1784…

Historical Marker #1722 in Paris outlines John Edwards' contributions to the founding of the state of Kentucky and his prominence in early Bourbon County history. John Edwards was born in Stafford County, Virginia. After service in the…

Historical Marker #1855 in Paris tells the story of the Hopewell Presbyterian Church. Before becoming Paris, the town was called Hopewell. According to Collins' "History of Kentucky," a group of people from Cumberland County, Pennsylvania,…

Historical Marker #1886 in Paris highlights the life of politician Garrett Davis. Garrett Davis, statesman, excellent debater, and public servant, was born on September 10, 1801, at Mt. Sterling, Kentucky. Educated locally, Davis aspired to…

Historical Marker #2090 in Paris marks the current location of that town's First Christian Church. First Christian Church's location on a ridge near the center of town makes the red-tiled octagonal towers visible from a considerable distance. The…

Historical Marker #1493 in Paris highlights the accomplishments of American inventor Garrett Augustus Morgan, who was born the son of former slaves on March 4, 1877. Garrett Morgan grew up on the family farm while his father worked for the…

Historical Marker #2059 in Bourbon County marks the location of the death of Edward "Ned" Boone, the brother of Daniel Boone. In 1780, Daniel and Ned Boone were returning to Boone's Station located in present Fayette County, where Daniel lived…

Marker #1824 describes Eades Tavern, one of the oldest surviving buildings in Paris. It has served as tavern, post office, school, and private home. Thomas Eades built the log portion of Eades Tavern around 1795. The first travelers who stopped…

Historical Marker #93 in Paris describes the significance of Major Joseph Duncan's house and tavern. On the west side of the public square in Paris, Kentucky, stands Duncan Tavern, current Headquarters of the Kentucky Society of the Daughters of…

Historical Marker #696 in Paris tells the story of famed Confederate raider, John Hunt Morgan, who rode into Paris on July 18, 1862, after a furious battle that defeated a larger Union force the day before, 14 miles north at Cynthiana. Morgan…

Historical Marker #1566 in Bourbon County tells about the county's last remaining covered bridge, which is one of the few remaining in the state. The Colville Covered Bridge was constructed in 1877 by Jacob Bower of the Bower Bridge Company of…

Historical Marker #2178 in Bourbon County marks the Centerville Baptist Church, a historic African American congregation established in 1867. Before the Civil War, if enslaved individuals wished to participate in religious services they most…

Historical Marker #51 in Bourbon County highlights the history of the Cane Ridge Meeting House, the famous revival of 1801, and its results. Cane Ridge Meeting House, built in 1791, is a special place for many reasons. Hardy pioneers, following…

Historical Marker #2295 in Bourbon County explains the history of bourbon whiskey and Jacob Spears, one of the first distillers in the county. Early settlers first came into central Kentucky in the 1770’s. One thing they often did after staking…

Historical Marker #1246 in Paris commemorates Bourbon County's origins and its courthouses. There are no surviving images of the first courthouse located on this spot, but the Bourbon County court required a frame building with a shingled roof and…

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