June 17, 2019, 6:30
pm - Port Royal Baptist Church
Join us for an old fashioned ice cream social as John
Inscore Essick explains the history of ice houses and
shows us a closer look at 2 ice houses in Henry County.
September 16, 2019,
6:30 pm, Extension Office
Suzanne Nelson - "One Soldier's Story", the story of
the WWII experiences of Suzanne's father-in law told
through stories, pictures and letters. We will fur-nish
the chicken and drinks, and members are requested to
bring a dish to share for a potluck dinner.
...see below for more history interest events
Henry County Historical Society is a qualifying 501
Donations to the Historical Society
may* be deductible on your income taxes.
(Membership fees and purchases are not "donations" and
are not deductible. But we do appreciate your
membership dues and purchases.)
Volunteerism helps the Historical Society fulfill it's
mission. Volunteer hours may be useful in
acquiring grants for projects and improvements.
Volunteers meet many people and forge new
friendships...and that's just for starters! There
are numerous volunteer opportunities, there's certain to
be one just for you.
Volunteer, and be a part of History!
WE WANT YOU!
It's time to join
the fun and help out your Historical Society.
We are Actively seeking volunteers to fill:
County Historical Society has a responsibility to
protect and preserve historic documents reaching back in
our history to the 18th century. We have already
undertaken many of the duties involved but there are so
many fragile documents and we need more ARCHIVAL
SUPPLIES are specific to prevent damage and our storage
format, and they are expensive.
requesting and welcoming funding contributions from
members and non-member so we can further our mission of
protecting these delicate documents. All donations to
this cause are appreciated and deductible as we are a
recognised 501 3(C).
checks to: Henry County Historical Society, PO BOX 570,
New Castle, KY. 40050
Enter in MEMO/NOTE "Archives"
Gift for any Henry County History
Packed with information and pictures you'll
enjoy studying over and over! Shop anytime!
OR buy at our History Center and Museum and save the shipping!
Our current (rev. 2015) research fees
are as follows:
$10.00 – basic research fee for non-members of Historical
Society (No charge for members)
$ .25 – additional fee per copy made at History Center
(applies to everyone)
$ 5.00 – additional fee if personal scanner, iPad, iPhone,
camera, is allowed and used
$ 3.00 – additional flat fee if materials are requested
to be mailed
The Henry County Historical Society has custodial care of
marriage records in Henry County starting in 1800. (The earliest
birth records for the state are 1852 and then only sporadically
until 1911 when it became mandatory to record all births.)
"Henry County" written by Mae Elliston, Read by
Dr. Norvell First time heard in decades!
Our NEW location! 112 Court St., New Castle
The Henry County
Historical Society is soliciting old photos and
documents of Henry County families and history.
We can scan and return your submissions quickly.
Please Share with us and enlarge our County's story.
Contact Carla Gerding @
2019 Board of
President: Carla Gerding
Vice President: Connie Snowden
Secretary: William Robertson
Treasurer: Dea Woods
Betty Ann Bowles
John Inscore Essick
Elizabeth Howard, Past President
SAVING OUR HISTORY
In March of this 2015, a heavy
snowstorm caused a collapse of the roof of the
Historic Odd Fellows Building. This particular Odd
Fellows Chapter is unique as it became home to the
Grand United Order of Odd Fellows Washington Lodge
#1513 in 1886. This organization was founded by
Former slaves in 1872 just following the end of the
Civil War. This lodge is the only remaining active
Grand United Order of Odd Fellows Lodge in Kentucky
and possibly the oldest African American fraternal
organization in the state.
For more information please contact
New Castle Main Street Manager Jeff Thoke at
502-645-5421, New Castle Preservation Board Chairman Joe
Yates at 502-845-4441, President of Odd Fellows
Washington Lodge #1513 Richard Smith at 502-330-4908, or
Friend of the Odd Fellows Sandra Smith at 502-232-0929.
UPDATE: The wall is now stabilized, the building
is under cover, but plenty of work remains. In
the meanwhile there is now in place a historical
marker at the sidewalk right in front of the
building. Thanks to all that made this possible and
continue to preserve our history.
After 35 years,
thanks to the diligence and hard work of Shanda
Archer, our Deed Books, 2 – 21, have been returned
to our care and keeping. Thank you Shanda!
June 17, 2019, 6:30 pm - Port
Royal Baptist Church - Join us for an old fashioned
ice cream social as John Inscore Essick explains the
history of ice houses and shows us a closer look at
2 ice houses in Henry County.
September 16, 2019, 6:30 pm,
Extension Office, Suzanne Nelson - "One Soldier's
Story", the story of the WWII experiences of
Suzanne's father-in law told through stories,
pictures and letters. We will fur-nish the chicken
and drinks, and members are requested to bring a
dish to share for a potluck dinner.
Saturday, October 12 -
Drennon Springs History Day. Join the
Drennon Springs community for a fun and
interesting day of events including: Mike
Grimes’ Drennon Springs book release,
storytelling hour hosted by Eleanor Sharp,
Western Military Institute cadet
re-enactment by Alice Faye, Historic tour of
Springs and sites and more.
Saturday, November 9, 11
am - 5 pm - Arts and Letters Day—Kentucky
authors reading and signing their work,
along with a show and art gallery at the
(Potluck Dinner Programs: The Historical Society
provides the meat dish, and beverage; attendees are
asked to carry-in a side dish or dessert to share.
You may choose to bring a recipe card too, we've
discovered some new favorite recipes that way! If
you don't have a chance to make something ahead, a
store bought is acceptable too.)
We recommend you also subscribe to the
opt-in news announcements,
Henry County Historical Society will create, maintain, and
manage for the benefit "of all people," who are interested in
history and genealogy of Henry County:
A physical presence
An organizational structure
A strong financial base
A staff and volunteers
A library of documents, books and files of historic
A collection of items with Henry County connections
Exhibits of historic interest
Educational programs, Activities and special events