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Kentucky History

A little girl gets swamped by hungry lambs while holding a bottle on a farm, spring 1946

A poor, cross-eyed boy from Kentucky, Bill Monroe created the hard-driving, high-lonesome genre known as bluegrass.

Hopemont, The Hunt Morgan Housebuilt in 1814 by Kentucky's first millionaire, John Wesley Hunt

Home to world-famous Kentucky barbecue and music legends, Bill Monroe, the Everly Brothers and W.C. Handy, the Bluegrass, Blues & Barbecue region of Kentucky invites you to travel the roads of tradition. Visit Bill Monroe's birthplace and learn more about him at the International Bluegrass Music Museum. Enjoy music festivals, Civil War re-enactments, Ellis Park Racetrack, Broadway shows, outdoor adventure and more.

London Ky 1954 Jun-19

Coal miner, Lejunior, Harlan County, KY, 1946. Kentuckiana Digital Library.

Mountaineer's daughter and her mother enjoying the sorghum syrup at a neighbor's home during a "syrupping off," Breathitt County, KY, 1940. Library of Congress.

Marion Post Wolcott (American, 1910-1990) - Baptism in Triplett Creek, Rowan County, Kentucky 1940.

Oval service station. Hazard, Kentucky. Later to become part of Historic Goose House.

Cattle Drive. London, Kentucky 1930's

kentucky scenes - Bing Images

Harlan Hubbard (January 4, 1900 - January 16, 1988) was an American artist and author. Born in Bellevue, Kentucky and lived in Fort Thomas, Kentucky and Trimble County, Kentucky

Loretta Lynn's ("Coal Miner's Daughter") home in Butcher Holler, Kentucky

Man o’ War in his coffin. The most famous Thoroughbred died on November 1, 1947 at the age of 30 of an apparent heart attack. He was the first horse to be embalmed, and his casket was lined in his riding colors. Man o’ War’s funeral was broadcast internationally over the radio and over 2,000 people came to pay their final respects.

1931 Morgan County, KY Road Workers Picture is courtesy of Winston Nickell. Obtained from the Kentucky Explorer, March 2002 issue.

Hill Billy Days was a huge part of my Kentucky Culture and I loved it every year! It is just a silly time when we celebrate our history through craft, food, games, shows, and history. It looks silly but it is enlightening!

Greater Cincinnati Police Museum. We collect, display, and present history and artifacts of more than 100 municipal, county, state, and federal law enforcement agencies that have, for more than two centuries, served Boone, Butler, Campbell, Clermont, Dearborn, Hamilton, Kenton, and Warren Counties of Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio.

China and her friend Martha Edmond visit a Kentucky Shaker village and are pulled into a deadly crime and a bitter history of loss.

When coal was first mined in America, breeds such as the hearty Shetland ponies from northern Scotland were imported in great numbers to work in the mines of Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, and Kentucky. Many ponies were born, raised and never saw daylight before they were put to work pulling carts of coal. Because of the lack of fresh air, many died at young ages

Excellent history of Harlan County, Kentucky. Good companion song is "You'll Never Leave Harlan Alive."

Kentucky Ballet Theatre

Memorial stone for Gerardus Ryker (1740-1781) killed September 14, 1781 by a combined force of British and Indians under the command of Capt. Alexander McKee in Jefferson County, Kentucky.

Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill // Kentucky. The story of Mother Ann Lee, the Shakers, and their communal life is fascinating. They were celibate, and believed in equality of race and sex and freedom from prejudice. It's been decades since I visited Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill, but I found it a great place to get immersed in Shaker history, philosophy, architecture, design and crafts.

Slave quarters at The Grange: Bourbon County, Kentucky