Henry County Historical Society
EST. 1978

The Henry County Web, History, Henry County KY


Dues required December 31, 2017 for 2018.

P.O. Box 570
New Castle, KY. 40050
112 Court St., New Castle

The Historical Society is staffed
entirely by volunteers.

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Queries for the History Center can be made by contacting henrycountyhisto@bellsouth.net

Monday through Friday


We are now happily ensconced in our new quarters and encourage everyone to stop by and investigate
 – the location is new and the files are old!!



October 29, 10:00 am: The Historical Society will be available at the Henry County Public Library in Eminence

"Who Do You Think You Are…Henry County Style"

We will provide genealogical assistance to anyone who would like to learn more about researching familial history. Call the library to register. We are excited to share it with you!

Our November 9th Membership potluck


  • The Henry County Historical Society is a qualifying 501 3(C) organization? 

  • 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.)

 Renew your membership TODAY or purchase from our Ye Olde History Shoppe."


Did you know that oil test holes were drilled in Henry County? Caution Gentlemen, or you may be fined for whipping your wife!

Eminence had an Ice Factory and the Western Military Institute had a "double barreled" shooting accident!

and learn more...


"Henry County" written by Mae Elliston, Read by Dr. Norvell
First time heard in decades!

We will need help archiving this winter.
Call Carla Gerding 947-0541 to sign up to help.

 Haunted Henry County

We encourage all who are history-minded to consider serving on our board or volunteering for an activity. Applications for board members are now being accepted. Please call our volunteers at : 502-947-0541, 502-633-6565 or 502-845-4032 to find out more. No previous experience is necessary. The new board term begins January 2018.

The Henry 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.

ARCHIVAL SUPPLIES are specific to prevent damage and our storage format, and they are expensive.

We are 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).

Mail checks to: Henry County Historical Society, PO BOX 570, New Castle, KY. 40050
Enter in MEMO/NOTE "Archives"

       Historic Images of Henry County


PDF APPLICATION to print, fill out, and submit with your membership dues.

An outstanding Gift for any
Henry County History fan!


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

Attention Researchers:

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.)

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.


It's time to join the fun and help out your Historical Society.  We are Actively seeking volunteers to fill:

  • Board positions for 2018
  • Archival workers
  • Newsletter editor

Volunteer, and be a part of History! email:

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 @ 502-947-0541

2017 Board of Directors

President: Libby Howard

Vice President: Michele Guthrie

Secretary: Carl Gerding

Treasurer: Dea Woods

Shanda Archer
Buddy Bowles
Jerry Brent
Betsy Sewell
Eleanor Sharp
Joseph Yates


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!


2017 Programs and events.

Historical   Society   Schedule

"Who Do You Think You Are?...Henry County Style

Reserve this day and prepare by gathering your known family history.
Henry County Researchers will be available to assist both beginners and experiences researchers
 in their quest for deeper family roots. Details will follow.
SATURDAY OCTOBER 29, 2017, 10 a.m.

Our November 9th Membership potluck

Unless otherwise announced, all program meetings are held on the third Tuesday of April, June, September and October @ the Henry County Extension Office just outside of New Castle, at 6:30 p.m..  Board meetings are the first Tuesday of March, June, September and November in the Henry County History Center at 6:30 p.m., but check here; times and dates are subject to change!

(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, here.


Mission Statement

The 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 interest
  • A collection of items with Henry County connections
  • Exhibits of historic interest
  • Educational programs, Activities and special events and
  • A publication program.


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