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
Betty Ann Bowles  502 633-6565

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.



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 furnish 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

  • 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:



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

  • Archival workers
  • Newsletter editor

 Haunted Henry County

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.)


"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 @ 502-947-0541

2019 Board of Directors

President: Carla Gerding

Vice President: Connie Snowden

Secretary: William Robertson

Treasurer: Dea Woods

Shanda Archer
Betty Ann Bowles
Jerry Brent
John Inscore Essick
Elizabeth Howard, Past President
Eleanor Sharp
Cory Beatty
Tom Isaacs


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!


2019 Programs and events.

Historical   Society   Schedule

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 Berry Center.

(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.)

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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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