Henry County Historical Society
EST. 1978

The Henry County Web, History, Henry County KY


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Welcome to new Volunteer Researcher Marcie Birk
502 777-2565 or email.


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

 – the location is new and the files are old!!

The Historical Society is staffed entirely by volunteers.

Call a Volunteer

Marcie Birk  502 777-2565

Carla Gerding  502 947-0541

Betsy Sewell  502 750-5436

Email Queries for the History Center can be
made by contacting

Monday through Friday
We are very happy to open for you at your convenience.
Call us for an appointment.

Watch for new events...



Don't forget to tune in this coming Monday (August 17) at 7pm for an online presentations from the Henry County Historical Society - KY and The Berry Center, New Castle, Kentucky. We'll have historian Tom Grissom here giving a presentation titled "THE UNTOLD STORY: How the Farmers of Henry County, Kentucky Contributed to A Tobacco Program that Preserved an Agrarian Way of Life". Mr. Grissom will speak on the policies and cooperatives that made tobacco Kentucky's premiere cash crop, keeping more money on small farms than any other agricultural product before or since. You won't want to miss it, and thanks to technology you won't have to. Visit The Berry Center Facebook page Monday evening at 7pm to watch it live. You can even participate by asking questions in the comment section of this virtual event.

You do not need a Facebook account to enjoy this presentation.


History in the Time of the Corona Virus


We create history every day, but some days and seasons stand above the rest. We are living as “distant neighbors” through one of those historic moments. In light of this moment and our duty as a historical society to document and archive Henry County history, the Henry County Historical Society is requesting your help in documenting and archiving Henry County’s thoughts and experiences of life during the 2020 coronavirus event. We will be digitally archiving your responses as “Remembering COVID-19 in Henry County.”

We have created an online Google form for you to fill out. There are just a few questions, and you are welcome to answer whichever questions you choose. At the end of the form there is an option to upload an image depicting the effects of event on your community, such as empty buildings or the creative ways you and yours are adapting to the realities of social distancing. With your permission, we may periodically share your answers and images to connect and encourage us all during this difficult time.

Access the adult form here:

We want kids to participate, too!
There is a special form for kids, which seeks their thoughts, advice, ideas, and artwork.

Access the children's form here:

*If you don't have a Gmail account, please email photos or images to henrycountyhisto@bellsouth.net.

Adults, please include your full name and town in the email,
and whether or not we have permission to share the images.
Children, be sure to put your name and town on your artwork.

Thanks for participating, neighbors!


...see below for more history interest events

  • 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...


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! email:

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.)

Here we are!   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

2019 Board of Directors

President: John Inscore Essick
Vice President: Olivia Herrell
Secretary: William Robertson
Treasurer: Dea Woods
Buddy Bowles
Virginia Aguilar
Cara Woods
Corey Beatty
Tom Isaacs
Carla Gerding, Past President
Shanda Archer, County Clerk and Advisor



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

  • Archival workers
  • Newsletter editor

Saving Oddfellows

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!     Thank You!


2021 Programs & Events.

Historical   Society   Schedule

Obviously, due to the Corona Virus most activities are on hold.

Dear Friends of the Henry County Historical Society,
In compliance with keeping everyone  safe and healthy through this covid-19 pandemic, we are postponing the April 15 program.  We will announce a reschedule date when it is again safe for us all to gather.

Please watch for updates.

(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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Last revised on 01/22/21.