Pioneer Family

Historical Marker #1828 notes the town of Millerstown, which was settled before 1800.

Millerstown is the oldest settlement in Grayson County. Founded by Jacob Miller in the late eighteenth century, Millerstown was originally called Skaggs after the first postmaster, Jefferson G. Skaggs. In 1882, the name was changed to Millerstown after a pioneer family. The settlement was located in the farthest southeastern part of the county on the Nolin River, adjacent to Hardin County. Miller built a grist mill, or a flour or corn mill, near the river. As it is located between the Twin Lakes – Rough River Lake and Nolin Lake – Grayson County has produced a number of flour mills, corn mills, and lumber mills.

Millerstown was the first town in Grayson County to be incorporated, which was done in 1826. It would be forty more years before the county seat of Leitchfield was incorporated. In 1896, a professor named John McClure established the “Teachers College,” also called “Brick College” in the community. The purpose of this college was to train school teachers who also came from the counties surrounding Grayson County.

At its peak in 1900, Millerstown had a population of about 150 people. Maintaining its own law enforcement and jail for several years, the town also possessed two larger general stores, one roller mill, one drugstore, one grocery store, two blacksmith shops, and a wool carding mill. Millerstown is actually no longer incorporated.

Images

Green Sawmill

Green Sawmill

An example of a grist mill, this depicts the Green Sawmill from the Breckinridge County side of the Rough River. Courtesy of Western Kentucky University. View File Details Page

Military Bridge

Military Bridge

This image depicts soldiers of the Civil War building a military bridge over Nolin River, on the Hardin County side, ca. 1861. Courtesy of Kentucky Historical Society. View File Details Page

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Ashlee Chilton , “Pioneer Family,” ExploreKYHistory, accessed March 24, 2017, http://explorekyhistory.ky.gov/items/show/651.

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