Historical Marker #741 in Lexington notes the political and military career of John Cabell Breckinridge, who at age thirty-six was the youngest vice president in U.S. history. John C. Breckinridge’s promising future started at an early age. He…

Historical Marker #1110 in Fayette County notes the strange happenstance that made Kentucky native David Rice Atchison the symbolic president of the United States for a day in 1849. David Rice Atchison was born in Fayette County in 1807. After…

Historical Marker #1780 in Fayette County remembers native Kentucky artist Thomas Satterwhite Noble. The study of history occasionally introduces us to individuals that defy convention. These people remind us of the importance of avoiding…

Historical Marker #3 in Lexington commemorates the Morgan House. This house, built by businessman John Wesley Hunt in 1814, has been the home of Hunt’s daughter and her husband Henrietta and Calvin Morgan and their son John Hunt Morgan, and was…

Historical Marker #1888 in Lexington remembers Kentucky portraitist Matthew Harris Jouett, who painted some of Kentucky’s most well known nineteenth century personalities. Matthew Harris Jouett was born in Mercer County in 1788 to Capt. John…

Historical Marker #2238 in Fayette County notes the origins of Maddoxtown, a rural freedman’s community that developed during Reconstruction. For its first seventy plus years slavery was the dominant labor system of Kentucky. And while the Civil…

Historical Marker #1550 in Lexington notes that city’s historic cemetery, which was dedicated in 1850. The mid-nineteenth century witnessed a rise in the construction of garden-style landscaped cemeteries. At that time people’s understanding…

Historical Marker #1163 in Fayette County remembers the significance of hemp to the county’s nineteenth century economy. Early settlers to Kentucky’s Bluegrass Region found that hemp grew well in the area’s nutrient-rich, well-drained soil.…

Historical Marker #17 in Fayette County commemorates Boone’s Station, a community founded by frontiersman Daniel Boone. Settling the Kentucky frontier was a daunting task. The earliest of those hearty souls that voluntarily came across the…

Historical Marker #945 in Lexington notes the Shryock family of architects, whose Kentucky buildings have become iconic reminders of the nineteenth century. Carpenter Mathias Shryock moved to Kentucky from Frederick County, Maryland, in the…