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Desha Glen Home
read more about it here. (pdf)
Crescent Creamery,
 Rectorville, 1909


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View on the Germantown Pike, Overlooking Lawrence Creek, near Maysville, c. 1865 Ohio River, Maysville, Kentucky, c. 1865 Lawrence Creek,
 c. 1865
All three of these paintings are by William Craig (1829-1875).  Born in Dublin, he spent most of his life in upstate New York, but made a trip to Kentucky in 1865.


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Read about Lewisburg's “Uncle Sam” Jackson, here. (pdf)

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View of the Ohio River at Maysville, Kentucky. c. 1850, and attributed to William Louis Sonntag                      Landscape of Maysville, a painting by Prof. Pinquely, a dance instructor at St. Frances de Sales Academy, Maysville, c. 1880

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A site that show some paintings of Maysville scenes, visit the Ohio River Valley Artists Guild, here.

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John Rankin

John Rankin
A more courageous man never lived.

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The Rev. John  Rankin House,
overlooking Ripley, Ohio, c. 1910
The Rankin House from Kentucky,
in a 1919 postcard
The Rankin House from Kentucky,
 from an 1847 woodcut
The Rankin House was a Major Station on the Underground Railroad.
The Ohio Historical Society's Site on this house is here.


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Two Lick Baptist Church, at the Germantown and Bridgeville Roads
The old church was struck by lightening and burned, June 13, 1944; the new building was dedicated on December 7, 1947.


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Seddon Methodist Church, c. 1958
from a Facebook post by Tom Roberson
Village Grocery in Stonelick
from a Jim Rannes post on Facebook
The Olivet Methodist Church
between Orangeburg and Rectorville
from a Facebook post by Eddie Donlin

In addition to the Seddon Church picture, Roberson also posted a program from a
1965 Seddon Church Pew Dedication, which contains a history of the church. That pdf is here.


Church Church
County Poor Farm The Slip Up Grocery, on US 62


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The Pyles Site

Pyles is an archaeological site of a Newtown village, from the 1499-1000 A.D. period. On a ridge on the North Fork of the Licking, about a mile west of Lewisburg.


newMurphysville declared dry in 1873.


newWalter E. Neal's Mr. T. Neal Smoot Farm White Farm, 1876
Walter E. Neal's, 1876 Mr. T. Neal in 1876 Smoot Farm, 1876 White Farm, 1876


newDarius Downing's Jacob Slack, Fern Leaf Samuel McDaniel
Darius Downing's in 1876 Jacob Slack, Fern Leaf, 1876 Samuel McDaniel, 1876


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South Ripley Ferry, 1906 Mason County Hills from Ripley Ripley Ferry
(We've also seen it identified
as the Chilo-Bradford Ferry)

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   A Lynching in Tollsboro, details here.

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Fern Leaf Standard Station and Grocery, 1969 Fern Leaf, 1884   Germantown Pike, near Fern Leaf


Times and routes of the various state coach routes in Mason County in 1875 are here.


“We learn that John L. Scott has sold his peach crop to a Cincinnati firm for $14,000, the purchaser to gather the fruit, pay all expenses, and take all risks. We learn that the crop is very large and the quality of the fruit good. The orchard contains fifty acres and cost Mr. Scott, some years ago, $4,000. A good profit, certainly.” from the Louisville Daily Journal, July 18, 1867, reprinting an item from the Maysville Eagle.

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Springdale Springdale Depot
from a Facebook post by Sandy Ginn
W. T. Pogue's Springdale Stock Farm, 1876


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South View of Springdale
 Post Office


US Post Office, Springdale
 Along the river just above Maysville. 
Dravo Gravel bought the town in the 60's.
“US Mail, W. S. Tulley Groceries,
Springdale Post Office” above door.

The last resident moved out of Springdale in July, 1974

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Mason - Flemingsburg Road, c. 1927 South of Maysville, 1928 Maysville - Lexington
Road, 1929


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Powersville Couple


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Two photo's and a caption, on the L&N at Helena, in 1950

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James Pyles and his
sheep, 1931
1937 Flood Levels,
Camp Spring Hollow

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  Point-Au-View Farm, 1910,  is described here.


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Notice that there's a town between Ripley and Maysville called “Charleston,”
in this steamboat distance chart from 1855's The Western Tourist and Emigrant's Guide.
It was where International Paper and the Spurlock Power Plant are today.

Here's a description of it from 1795. 1795!!

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Lewisburg distillery burns in 1869, here

“A letter from one of our subscribers states that Indian Creek, a tributary of Fox, has become famous for its burning mountain. It is supposed to have been on fire internally for over four months; kept up, very likely by the oil in the coal and slate. It breaks out occasionally.” Courier-Journal, reprinting an item from the Maysville Bulletin, March 15, 1874
“The Maysville Eagle says the Democratic Barbeque at Helena, on the Maysville and Lexington Railroad, the 31st, is to be the largest thing ever seen in Eastern Kentucky. Gov. Allen, of Ohio, J. Proctor Knott and other distinguished Democrats are expected to address over 30,000 people.” Courier-Journal, August 26, 1876
“Fox Springs, near Maysville, have been opened for the summer under the charge of Mrs. Eliza F. Fleming.” Courier-Journal, July 4, 1873 History of the Lewisburg Baptist Church is here. (pdf)

“We record the largest sale of mules ever made in our county.  On Saturday, July 2d, Messrs. Benedict Kirk and Corbin Gallagher of this county sold to Messrs. Hall and McCann, or Fayette county, one hundred head of fat two year old mules, at $150 per head round, a total of $15,000.”  from the Maysville Eagle, as quoted in  the Gallipolis Journal, July 14, 1853

History of the Stonelick Baptist Church is here. (pdf)
History of the Mill Creek Christian Church is here. (pdf)
“The Colored citizens of Helena and Mill Creek met at John W. Gray's on Tuesday last for the purpose of organizing a school board.  S. S. Breckinridge was chosen chairman and E. C. Natas, clerk.” - Maysville Republican, January 1, 1876
Esculpia. This delightful watering place, situated in one of the wildest and most romantic spots in Kentucky, but is short distance from Maysville, has undergone many improvements during the last year, and since it has passed into the hands and been under the superintendence of M. T. C. Gould, Esq., of Cincinnati. We are glad to hear that Mr. Gould has been so fortunate as to secure the services of our friends, M. Kean, Esq., late of the Louisville Hotel, who will, during the coming season, have the superintendence and direction of the entire establishment.  Mr. K's connection with Esculpia will doubtless induce many of his Western and Southern friends to make t their stopping place during the sultry months of summer.  We can answer for him that they will be well cared for and attended to.”  Courier-Journal,  May 26, 1847 “I have been riding as an evangelist of some nine churches for six months, without making any communication of my success.  I will now exhibit the fruits of repentance by showing where I labor and what I have done: churches in Mason county, Ky., Maysville, Washington, Germantown, Bracken, Beasley Creek, Lawrence Creek, Brown county (Ohio), Georgetown [Ohio], Red Oak [Ohio], and Liberty [Ohio].  This is my boundary.  Immersions, between 24 to 26 - additions - 20. . . .The additions were mostly from those who oppose the gospel as preached by the Apostles.  Three of that number were Methodists.  R. C. Ricketts”  from The Millennial Harbinger, edited by Alexander Campbell, 1836
“Johnson Junction, Ky., March 23.-At Helena, Mason County, the gunshop of John h. Wood and the storehouse of Joseph Patton, with the entire stock of goods and Patton's dwelling, were all burned to-day. The only insurance was $2,000 on Patton's goods. Wood's lass, $3,000; Patton's loss, $5,000.” Cincinnati Enquirer, March 24, 1880 A massive downpour on Bull Creek washes out the C&O, and kills several, here.
“Maysville Bulletin: Among the many relics of historical interest our Historical Society has lately received is a copy of the last will and testament of Hancock Taylor, one of the surveyors who came to Kentucky in 1774, and was shot by Indians on the Kentucky river, near where Frankfort now stands, July 17 of the same year, and died shortly afterwards in what is now Madison county. This will, written in the wilderness, so far as is known is the first legal document ever executed in Kentucky. The society is indebted for the is valuable relic to its energetic secretary, Mr. W. D. Hixson.” Courier-Journal, July 24, 1876 “Uncle Sam Hamilton, now ninety years old, who lives near Powersville, Bracken County, Ky., was the first white person born where the city of Cincinnati now stands. He is blind, and yet walks from his home to Powersville, whenever he feels like taking a stroll, and generally goes by himself. He has been one of the stoutest men in this section of the country.” Cincinnati Enquirer, November 10, 1884

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Slack, c. 1858
Slack was at the intersection of Germantown Road and Big Pond Road

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