Germantown Fair

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Main Street, Germantown Germantown, December 31, 1914
from a Facebook post of KYTC District 6


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Pepper Funeral Home, Germantown


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Germantown Christian
 Church, 1939

left, Germantown Christian Church
right, Germantown Methodist Church

Germantown Methodist


Church goers of the 19th century were much more likely to attend a specific denomination based on theology rather than whatever it is people use these days. Witness this Germantown item from 1871.

Germantown Xian

Germantown Christian

Germantown Baptist Church history.


Camp Meeting
Western Christian Advocate, July 25, 1834


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T. T. Hill's Store in Germantown, on the Bracken side
We're told they had two phones - one for Mason County calls and one for Bracken.
In those days, it was a way to get around long-distance charges.

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Germantown High School, 1937, right. Germantown's George Erion was the architect, and built it for $1,908. A History of Germantown School is here. (pdf)


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Main Street in Germantown, c. 1906


You may know it as McDowell's, or maybe Gene and Dotty Mulligan's
Across from the Fairgrounds entrance, 1969


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Maysville Evening Bulletin, October 15, 1903


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Germantown Milling Company

    Germantown Flour

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Knights of Pythias Building

The Maysville - Germantown
Stage Coach

“Bell & Jones, who own the bus line between Maysville and Germantown,
have put on a big automobile, capable of carrying 16 passengers and much freight.”
Georgetown (Ohio) News Democrat,
October 27, 1904

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1939 Brooksville Polar Bears, Kentucky State Basketball Champions


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“The Castle” on the
Walton-Frazee Pike

The Patterson Home The Cooke Home, on
the Asbury Road
The Lloyd House The Asbury Home


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Aerial of Germantown, c. 1955


Germantown, Kentucky 

This 1940 map was used to define magisterial districts. We include it here
 because it clearly defines exactly where the county line is (was?) thru Germantown.

Altho voting precincts could and did change.


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M. F. Coughlin House   Coughlin House


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A Cemetery in

The Dimmitt House
Main Street

Germantown Baseball
Team, c. 1900

Great Sale
Daily Dispatch (VA), February 12, 1855


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Grand Opening of new quarters for the Bank of Germantown
October 29, 1953

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19th century post offices were different operations than they are today.  In the early and mid 1800's, it could be a shoe box or cabinet in somebody's store.  And the “official location” of that shoe box can and frequently did move with each passing election, because postmasters were political appointments.  That's why the USPS lists the Germantown Post Office as sometimes in Bracken, and sometimes in Mason.  Details here.

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Germantown was laid out by Whitfield Craig in 1784, and at the time was named Buchanan Station.  It was later settled by Pennsylvania Germans. It was established on December 19, 1795, and incorporated March 15, 1869. In 1797, the Legislature had to clear up those land titles from 1795.

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Germasntown Road
Catholic Telegraph, September 7, 1850

Reading Booker T. Washington to the Colored People, 1901. Germantown's Locust Academy is excited about Phrenology (a pseudoscience that involves the measurement of bumps on the skull to predict mental traits).

James Savage’s will frees his slaves, 1854, here.

The story of slave Juliet Miles, here and here.

“A dispatch dated Maysville. Ky., April 1867, says: The lion, R. T. Baker, the Union candidate for Lieutenant-Governor was prevented from speaking at Germantown to-day by a gang of returned rebels. He was warned that violence would be done him if he made the attempt. Some buildings were fired by the desperadoes and a portion of the town was destroyed.” Daily Alta California, May 17, 1867
“Uninsured property worth $8,000 was destroyed by fire at Germantown, Ky.”from the Standford, Ky. Interior Journal, November 24, 1905 A 1905 fire also caused considerable damage in Germantown. The story is here.

Then there was the escaped slave from Germantown, who was captured in Ohio, but local folks whipped the slave catcher instead.  They arrested the preacher for watching.  Story here, and a more detailed version here.

“Eleven negroes, belonging to farmers near Germantown, in Bracken county, ran off on Saturday night of last week, but were overtaken and brought back.”  Louisville Daily Courier,  October 28, 1858

   A reported lynching near Germantown is reported here.

Civil War Skirmish in Germantown, here.

The Kentucky Legislature passed a bill to incorporate the Germantown Circulating Library Company. The Daily Commonwealth, February 24, 1847

“A man named Watts was arrested last Thursday in Germantown, Mason county, for recruiting men for the rebel army.” Daily Louisville Democrat, October 11, 1861
Kentucky Legislature sets rates on the Germantown-Bridgeville Turnpike.
Germantown residents improve the breed, here. The mob in Germantown that went after a school teacher, here.
A Germantown man finds a lost horse. in 1807. His ad, from Washington, Ky.'s Republican Auxiliary, August 15, 1807 is here. The Klan visits a Germantown man, here.
Reed Chapel, in Germantown dedicated in 1881. Germantown folks here about Harper's Ferry (Wikipedia) incident; go nuts.
Oops! Germantown finds itself with no officials after it forgot to hold an election. Confederate mob prevents a Union man from speaking in Germantown.

The Germantown Academy was established in 1886.

The Germantown College in 1866

Two reminiscences about Germantown, from
1876, are here (pdf) and here. (pdf)

An historical sketch of the Germantown Baptist Church is here (pdf)

Night Riders strike Germantown in 1908.  Read it here and here. If you're not up to speed on who the Night Riders were, start here.

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The Germantown Normal Academy, 1880

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“Bell & Jones of the Germantown and Maysville bus line have bought a large sixteen passenger automobile, the new machine arriving this week.  Germantown is taking steps to the front.  With one of the best County Fairs in the State, a new bank, a large passenger automobile placed on the road between this thriving town and Maysville this week, and the establishment of a local newspaper next week, the good old town is certainly setting a pace worthy of emulation.”  from Mt. Olivet's Tribune-Democrat, October 20, 1904.

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