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Bonnie Strassell - Owen County Historical Society

  • Owen Historical Society News: Kentucky history linked to waterways

    The presentation of “The Kentucky River: Memories, Myths, and Magic” was cancelled April 9 due to the fact that my husband, Tom Strassell, suffered a heart attack. He is on the road to recovery and we will be presenting the program at a future historical society meeting.

  • Owen Historical Society News: Early businesses were key to Owen County economy

    Since the formation of Owen County, entrepreneurs have established businesses and brought prosperity to the area.
    The first store in Owenton was established in 1820 by a Virginian named Bruce, followed by a second one run by George and Willis Roberts. Although these early establishments had limited supplies, nevertheless they provided necessities to early residents.

  • Owen Historical Society News: Parades rarely part of Memorial Day these days

  • Owen County Historical Society News: Faces reflect rich Owen County history

    The Owen County Historical Society Museum is not only a repository of Owen County artifacts, but it is also a photo gallery of the people who lived, worked, and died in Owen communities. Their contributions to Owen County history vary, but their presence serve as a  reminder of the importance and responsibility of each and everyone of us to create a lasting legacy.

  • Owen County Historical Soceity News: Woman finds her great-great-grandfather in dusty closet

    She discovered the old picture in her mother’s closet, but no one seemed to know the identity of the distinguished looking man. It was surmised that he was an Owen countian and the picture had a date of 1867 penciled on the back. Historical society member Christina Rice hung the picture in her home and every time she passed it she would ask, “Who are you?” Knowing he was related to her, Christina was determined to solve the mystery of his identity.

  • Owen County Historical Soceity News: Pink Ridge is one of our lost communities

    Though most Owen countians know someone by the name of Elizabeth or Margaret, many may not realize that at one time these were the names of two communities in the county. While examining old copies of the News-Herald, Doris Riley — a historical society member, historian, and genealogist — discovered Margaret and Elizabeth in the “Community News.” Elizabeth was somewhere around Lusby’s Mill, but Margaret seems to be lost somewhere in the past, her whereabouts unknown.

  • Homemade poles and fishing part of history

    Spring ushers Owen countians outdoors to plow, plant, mow, dig fence posts, and paint and repair fencing and barns. Occasionally, a figure might be seen sporting a fishing pole heading for the nearest body of water. The streams, lakes, and river around Owen County offer countless opportunities for skilled fishermen and women to challenge those wily, wet, water creatures as they are lured from the water to the bank, into a skillet, and then onto a platter to hold a place of honor at the supper table.

  • Part of our history passes away

  • Sharing the music of our heritage

    As his lean, nimble fingers glided effortlessly along the dulcimer strings, Ron Devore coaxed a variety of melodious songs from his instrument. The soft-spoken gentleman, dressed in bibbed overalls, delighted his audience Thursday at the monthly historical society meeting.
    At times, the strings jumped as they danced lively to Bluegrass tunes or Appalachian clogging; then would soften to the wailful love songs of 16th-century England. In either case, there was plenty of toe-tapping, hand-clapping accompaniment from appreciative spectators.

  • Owen’s home for history needs some attention

    Throughout the years, Owen countians have dealt with houses displaying leaky roofs, crumbling porches, and weather-beaten exteriors. Many family homesteads were ravaged by insects, rodents and time; yet from one generation to another, families of Owen County gathered to repair, repaint, and rejoice over the ability to rejuvenate the family home yet once again.