Historical Marker #849 in Madisonville commemorates Hopkins County being named in honor of a War of 1812 veteran. Samuel Hopkins, a soldier and politician, was born in Albermarle County, Virginia, in 1753. Hopkins fought in the Revolutionary…

Historical Marker #823 in Jessamine County commemorates the birthplace of General William O. Butler, a War of 1812 veteran. William O. Butler was born in Jessamine County in 1791, into a notable military family. Butler’s father, along with four…

Historical Marker #802 in Edmonson County notes the establishment of Brownsville, a city that was likely named for a War of 1812 veteran. During the War of 1812, General Jacob Brown was charged with defending portions of New York State from the…

Historical Marker #1351 in Campbell County commemorates the city of Bellevue, Kentucky, which was named for property owned by a prominent War of 1812 veteran. James Taylor was a banker, politician, extensive land owner, and War of 1812 officer…

Historical Marker #1849 in Jefferson County notes the boyhood home of "Old Rough and Ready," Zachary Taylor. A veteran of several wars, including the War of 1812, Taylor was the 12th president of the United States. Born in Virginia,…

Historical Marker #2021 in Scott County notes the home of Kentucky Governor Joseph Desha, a general during the War of 1812. The Pennsylvania-born Desha moved to Kentucky in 1781. By 1792, Desha was farming in Mason County. After fighting Native…

Historical Marker #1609 in Greenville recognizes war hero Ephraim Brank, a sharpshooter during the War of 1812. A native of North Carolina, Brank moved to Muhlenberg County in 1808. Known as a "crack shot," Brank served in the Kentucky…

Historical Marker #918 at Paducah in McCracken County notes the county's namesake, Virgil McCracken, who was killed during the War of 1812. Virgil McCracken's parents were early Kentucky settlers who lived near present-day Frankfort and…

Historical Marker #1403 near Burkesville in Cumberland County commemorates John Edward King, a War of 1812 general. Born in Virginia in 1757, King fought in the Revolutionary War, serving in the 3rd Virginia Regiment. In 1780, he moved to…

Historical Marker #1888 in Fayette County recognizes the work of master portrait painter Matthew Harris Jouett, who was also a War of 1812 veteran. Born in Mercer County in 1788, Jouett graduated from Transylvania University before studying law…

Historical Marker #715 in Rockcastle County commemorates the importance of the "Great Saltpeter Cave," a large cave located south of Mt. Vernon. There, organic materials were mined to create gunpowder during the War of 1812. Sulfur,…

Historical Marker #1896 in Franklin County commemorates Governor George Madison, an 1812 veteran who only held office for a few weeks. Born in Virginia in 1763, George was second cousin to U.S. President James Madison. While he had some militia…

Historical Marker #911 in Carroll County commemorates the community of Ghent, Kentucky, which is named for the treaty that ended the War of 1812. The town traces its roots back to 1809. At that time, about thirteen families lived in the area,…

Historical Marker #2302 in Clark County commemorates Captain Isaac Cunningham, a War of 1812 veteran who was among the first to cultivate bluegrass in Kentucky. A Virginia native, Cunningham commanded a company of Clark and Bourbon county…

Historical Marker #1128 in Simpsonville commemorates Captain John Simpson, a War of 1812 casualty for whom both Simpsonville and Simpson County are named. Born in Virginia, John Simpson moved to Kentucky when he was a child. The family settled…

Historical Marker #1205 in Frankfort commemorates the home of John B. Bibb, a War of 1812 officer who is also credited for developing the Bibb variety of lettuce. Born in Virginia, Bibb's family moved to Kentucky, where he became a lawyer. …

Historical Marker #1652 in Meade County recognizes Solomon Brandenburg, an 1812 veteran for whom the town of Brandenburg is named. An early settler to present-day Meade County, in 1804, Brandenburg purchased 3,000 acres on the Ohio River. There,…

Historical Marker #1125 in Johnson County commemorates the county being named for War of 1812 veteran and U.S. Vice President Richard M. Johnson. Born in 1781 in what is now Jefferson County, Johnson's formative years were spent in Fayette…

Historical marker #599 commemorates the Newport Barracks, which was a military prison during the War of 1812. Built in 1804 at the juncture of the Licking and Ohio Rivers, the Newport Barracks was an arsenal and recruiting ground. When the War…

Historical marker #1139 in Columbia commemorates the naming of Adair County for John Adair, a War of 1812 veteran and Kentucky governor. Born in South Carolina, Adair, a Revolutionary War veteran, moved to Mercer County in 1787. He soon became…