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The Historical Society Museum now has a new roof, and repairs to the porch are  completed. If you would like to donate to help pay for these necessary repairs, please send your tax deductible gift to the Owen County Historical Society at 206 North Main St. Owenton, KY 40359. Please designate that your donation is for a new roof. Thanks to all who have donated to this vital renovation.

The historical society has recently acquired four new books. 1812 Kentuck Is Coming, by members Bonnie Strassell and Christina Murphy, is dedicated to Kentuckians who fought in the War of 1812, especially patriots from the Owen County area. Reflections Of A Riverman is a compilation of 38 articles written by Charles Johnson and published in the Owenton News Herald beginning in the 1950's.  Kentucky River Marauders is a collection of stories and newspaper articles detailing atrocities perpetrated by gangs in Owen, Henry and Shelby counties during and after the Civil War. Also included are delightful stories of members of the Low Dutch Colony who settled on the waters of Six Mile Creek in frontier days. Murder In Monterey is the true account of a tragic murder that took place in Monterey in 1886 in which a young lady was shot by her rejected suiter. Included is the testimony of many of Monterey's residents at the time and newspaper accounts of the tragedy.                       
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A documentary video featuring the inspiring true life story of Owen Countian, Harry Clark Karsner, and his Gospel Plane ministry is available for viewing at https://historyinyourownbackyard.com/video/karsner-air-field-monterey-kentucky.


​Our sincere thanks to all our members and contributors for your vital support this past year. You have made it possible for the Owen County Historical Society to continue our vision of preserving our history and traditions.  We could not have done it without your continued support and participation.  There will be no meeting in January or February due to the uncertainty of the weather. However you are welcome to visit our museum during the hours posted on the home page of this website. For updates you may also refer to Bonnie Strassell's column in the weekly edition of the Owenton News Herald.


Currently we are seeking volunteers to help us keep the museum open on a more regular basis. We are working on an updated brochure outlining the historic significance of each room in the Hartsough House. If anyone can spend a few hours once a month to volunteer, please contact us at 502-484-2529.