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Verona, looking West Home & Business of C. T.
Renaker, Verona
The Verona Garage burned
down in January 2004.
    The fire department was so sure that it would
eventually burn, that they did specific training
exercises for the building.


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We're not positive, but believe this to have been next to the old bank  in Verona. (south side of the road toward the interstate; see below)

On Stephenson Mill Road?
Ashley Bowling tells me it's not the Walter Bowling place. Know anything about this one? We'd appreciate it you'd drop us an email if you do. 


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Verona General Store, 1919
The man is Perry Mann


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Maps of Verona, from 1883 from
An Atlas of Boone, Kenton and
Campbell Counties, Kentucky
published by D. J. Lake & Co.
Democrats meet at Quill's
Store in Verona, 1920.
Thanks! to Robbie Ratliff for this one.

White Laborers
Daily Dispatch (Richmond, VA), May 4, 1867


The Verona Turnpike or Plank Road Company is incorporated to build a road to Walton in 1850. Whether they sold enough stock to build the road, or whether the task would fall to a subsequent group, we do not know.
“Twelve buggies, containing twenty-four persons, four of whom were candidates for matrimony, arrived yesterday from Verona, Ky., at the Spencer House, and were married as son as possible.” Cincinnati Enquirer, June 30, 1859 “The freight and passenger depot at Verona, Ky., belonging to the Louisville Short-Line, burned down last night, and proved a total loss. The agency at that place has consequently been discontinued until the rebuilding of the depot.” Cincinnati Enquirer, August 2, 1876
Settling an old grudge in 1912, here. The Klan meets in Verona in 1923, here.
Night Riders active in Verona. It'll make more sense if you're up to speed on the Kentucky Tobacco Wars, c. 1908, which you can do at this page.
In 1904, they found 7 out of 9 jars John Fleet's gold and silver hid in Verona.  Story here. J. B. Lyons letters from 1849 about his life in Verona are here.
Verona's George-Vest House (pdf) is on the National Register of Historic Places, as is the Ransom-Hudson-Messmer Farm (pdf). Kentucky authorizes the Beaver Lick - Verona Turnpike, in 1865.
Wm. Marshall Whitson of Verona, a short biography, here. The Enquirer ran a feature on Verona's Dr. James McCormac.  Read it here.
An unnamed Verona correspondent reports to The Ticket, an 1877 Covington Newspaper, here. The Kentucky Secretary of State started registering automobiles in 1910. For the Verona list, go here.
Road building in 1906 in Verona, here. Rumors say there's a blind tiger in Verona.
“Died January 2, 1897, at his residence near Verona, Boone county, Bro. Vardamin Finnell, aged 84 years.  Mr. Finnell in younger days was on of the most active business farmers in Boone county among the most wealthy.  In 1863 he paid $3,000 to relieve Boone county of the draft for soldiers and always contributed largely toward all benevolent and religious purposes.”   The Williamstown Courier, January 21, 1897 “Falling Meteor Causes Excitement. Citizens of Northern Kentucky and southern Ohio were excited early Wednesday by the falling of a meteor about two and one-half miles from Walton, Ky. The fall was followed by a terrible rumble and a flash that could be seen for miles. It was at first thought the powder mills at Verona, Ky., or Kings Mills O., had blown up.” from the Mahoning (Ohio) Dispatch, January 21, 1916
“A negro vote has never yet been polled in at Verona.” Courier-Journal, September 23, 1871 “Mr. C. A. Roberts has purchased the drug store of Mr. J. H. Marshal, of Verona, Ky., and will continue in business at the old stand. He is a good fellow and deserves to succeed.”from The American Druggist, Vol. 32, 1898.
“Having spent most of the last week in Verona, I am highly pleased with the citizens of that place and vicinity.  En Stansifer seems to be selling a large amount of goods and groceries.  There are also two groceries; they are also doing considerable business.  New & Breeden are manufacturing a large amount of tin ware; besides, they keep a line of stoves and house furnishing goods.  There is one hotel, a good house, having partaken of several meals there I am well pleased with the fare an good cheer generally.  There is a large school in the place.  Did not learn the names of the teachers.  There are no negroes living in this place, nor are there any beer saloons; but the usual drug stores, to found in the most temperance towns.  It is strange that in those towns where Local Option prevails that there should be so much call for medicines.  Vulcan. ”from the Covington Daily Commonwealth, October 16, 1879.
The Boone County Recorder's editor visits Verona in 1889, here. You can read Janice Gallagher's History of Verona from 1988, here.
The 1856 murder of William Kelley, here. In 1860, Verona citizens meet to declare their support for the Union. They would, however, like to keep the fugitive slave law (Wikipedia).
Verona Train Wreck, 1884. Road building in Verona, c. 1907.
Train Wreck  
“Clans of thieving rebels” stationed in Verona in 1862? In 1865, Verona described as a “favorite resort of rebels”, and the home of train thieves. Here.


Pittsburg's Daily Morning Post, April 6, 1849

We normally wouldn't post this story. Searching 19th century newspapers, we find a lot of stories of this ilk, but they're sad, and sometimes, like this one, gruesome. On the other hand, we now know for sure that Verona existed at least as far back as 1849.