Mayslick, Kentucky



Mayslick, Kentucky

Mayslick, Kentucky Mayslick, Kentucky
Bank in May's Lick US Post Office, Mayslick Main Street, Mayslick


Collins & Collins Collins & Collins

Collins & Collins was a Mayslick business, selling wagons, selling cultivators, and engaging in the undertaking business. That's their hearse in front of the second Catholic Church; Scott Collins is the man next to it.



The Mays Lick Omnibus
From a Facebook post by Ron Bailey



The Mays Lick Christian Church


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Paynter's Hardware Vennie Berry, Rye Boulden and Tom Cropper  
From a Facebook post by Chuck Wills From a Facebook post by Robert Palmer  

Mayslick, Kentucky Col. Charles Young

Shannon Methodist
History of Shannon
Methodist is here. (pdf)

Wilson's Grocery, 1955


There are three locations in Mays Lick on the National Register of Historic Places. Each application gives you history, maps, pictures, and a little bureaucracy: (all pdf's)
The Spring House on Flat Fork The Poague House Mays Lick Consolidated Schools


Col. Charles Young Col. Charles Young
Mayslick's Col. Charles Young, born into slavery, goes on to a remarkable military career.


MAYSLICK, Ky., Sep. 14. Mr. Horace Greeley - Dear Sir : At a public sale held in this neighborhood, Sept. 7, two black boys, belonging to Benj. Ball's estate, sold one for $850, and the other for $640 - nineteen and sixteen years old. The one sixteen years old sold for $8 per lb. He weighed eighty pounds net: $80 x $7 - $640. Yours, &c., Didimus Jones” The North Star, October 3, 1850


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Mayslick School Activities Mayslick School   Mayslick School
from a Facebook post by Kirby Wright
c. 1910



  Fee High School, c. 1935
Key to who's in the picture


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  The plaques at the Mayslick Rosenwald School


Mays Lick elementary
Mays Lick Elementary, 1957
Sears and Roebuck became a giant retailer thru the efforts of one Julius Rosenwald (Wikipedia), who became part owner of the firm. From 1895 to 1907, under Rosenwald's leadership as vice president and treasurer, annual sales of the company climbed from $750,000 to upwards of $50 million. He was a strong believer in philanthropy, and among other ventures, built over 5,000 schools, mostly for African-American children in the south. One was in Mayslick. The announcement is here.


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 Mayslick School, 1914  Mayslick School, 1914  Mayslick School, 1914
Wagon Sheds for School Wagon Horses Children Getting on board the wagons Loaded for delivery home


Mayslick's Model Consolidated School, here (1912) and here (1944).

Consolidation declared a success. Except for the epidemic of measles.



Mayslick Christian
From a Facebook post by Lisa Collins

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Mayslick Christian
Church, 1956
Mayslick Christian Church
 Parsonage, 1956
Another picture of
the Wernwag home.
The parsonage was built by, and was earlier the home of, Louis V. Wernwag, 1769-1843,
a noted builder of covered bridges in Kentucky. 
Because of the lack of water, baptisms in Mayslick “invariably followed the morning service. Long horseback processions were often seen traversing the woods along a narrow road to Lee's Creek of Johnson's Fork.” Daniel Drake in Pioneer Life in Kentucky.


St. Rose

St. Rose of Lima

St. Rose of Lima
The Catholic Telegraph, February 5, 1925
St. Rose of Lima
The Catholic Telegraph
, September 2, 1886
St. Rose of Lima
The Catholic Telegraph, October 17, 1901
St. Rose of Lima
The Catholic Telegraph, February 16, 1922
St. Rose of Lima
The Catholic Telegraph
, July 26, 1923
Rev. Paul Ryan's history of St. Rose is here.

History of Mayslick Baptist.

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Night riders burn barns near Mayslick.  Stories here and here. If you're unfamiliar with the background of the night riders and the tobacco wars, we suggest starting here.
A plaque is unveiled noting May's Lick as site of first consolidated school transportation, here. History of the Mays Lick Baptist Church, a short version is here; the longer version is here (pdf).
“The large, three-story brick residence of John Peed, near Mayslick, this county, was destroyed by fire about one o'clock this morning, together with most of its contents. It was the largest residence in Mason county outside of [Maysville]. Damage about $10,000; insured for $7,000. . . .The fire is considered the work of an incendiary.” Cincinnati Enquirer, June 2, 1888
“The old village of Mayslick, says the Maysville Eagle, is putting on her holiday garments. Many of the old residences are being repainted and repaired. The Reform church is greatly beautified by the papering, painting and varnishing. The Odd Fellows Hall is much improved, new roof, new weatherboarding, newly painted, etc. Neat and tidy, gay and festive, is the Old Lick.” Courier-Journal, July 24, 1869 “One night last week a party of disguised men, supposed to be a detachment of the Ku-klux regulators, visited the town of Mayslick, and tore down the old Cash-house in Flat-iron Square. It has been a notorious resort of thieving negroes for a number of years, who lived by robbing hen roosts, and making raids upon their neighbors wood and coal piles.” Courier-Journal, March 7, 1870
“New Mayslick Paper. Maysville, Ky., July 14 - The Masonian, a six-column, eight-page weekly, published at Mayslick, this county, made its initial appearance here on Saturday.  It is owned and edited by the Rev. Lewis N. Thompson, and son, L. Roemele Thompson.  It is a sprightly sheet.  This gives Mason county six newspapers, three dailies and three weeklies.”  from the Louisville Courier-Journal, July 15, 1912
Prehistoric mounds of Mayslick, here. Mayslick officially established, 1837.

“We came out in 1788.  Got to Bryant’s Station 2 days before Christmas.  There were only 5 houses at Washington.  One at Mayslick.  One block-house, with some soldiers, at the Blue Licks, where we camped, and heard the Indians whistling on their chargers at night.”  McFarlane, interviewed in the Draper Papers,  13CC54.

History of Mays Lick Christian Church is here. Edith Davis' history of Mayslick is here. (pdf)
“In the local option election to-day in the town of Mayslick, and in Magisterial district No. 6, which included the towns of Mayslick and Sardis, both towns in the district went dry. Mayslick went dry by three votes. The district went dry by three hundred and thirty-seven votes.” Courier-Journal, September 23, 1906
“John Clarke, Jno. Tibbs, Jno. Sharpe, D. Blanchard, and Alexander McClare entered 20,000 & executed 16,000 [acres] at or near Mayslick” Draper Papers, 12ZZ154
Which US President's uncle lived in Mayslick? Find out here. Mays Lick man moved to avert lynching, here.
“The Maysville Bulletin says: 'We have before us a specimen of lead ore, found near Mayslick in this county. It is equal in richness to that found in Southern Missouri and North Arkansas. It is known as the pocket ore and is said to be very abundant. The sample was furnished us by Mr. A. Meisner, of Mayslick'” Courier-Journal, December 30, 1871 Mays Lick tavern owner finds a loophole in temperance laws? He says yes. Opinions differ. Story here.
A look at Mayslick in the year 1800.
A history of Mayslick from the 1889 Courier-Journal. Obituary of the Mayslick banker who rode with Morgan, here.
“Special Dispatch to the Enquirer. Maysville, Ky., August 1. - A remarkable pear tree stands in the yard at the widow Spark's home near Mayslick, this county. It is over 100 years old, having been cut out by Mrs. Spark's grandfather, and it is probably the largest fruit tree in the state, the trunk just above the ground being 7 feet 6 inches in circumference and 3 feet 10 inches in diameter. It still bears almost yearly. A stray swarm of bees recently took up their home in a hollow part of the trunk” Cincinnati Enquirer, August 2, 1897
The election of 1880 sparks a race riot in Mayslick. Here. “Rev. A. A. Price is making his home at Mays Lick, Ky.”from The Freeman, A National Illustrated Colored Newspaper, May 24, 1890,

“Five hundred people visited the mineral springs near Mayslick, this county, yesterday, and each one carried away a vessel of the water that is believed to have such healing qualities.  The water has been analyzed, and was found to contain medicinal properties that are claimed beneficial to consumptives.”  - The Cincinnati Commercial Gazette, June 20, 1895

More details on the Mayslick mineral springs are here.

Racial melee in Mayslick in 1880. 1876 fire, here.
Lynn David interviewed 13 older Mayslick residents in 1985 and 1986. They've not been transcribed, but can be heard at the NKU's Steely Library's Archives. “Mayslick, Ky., June 12. - Fire Thursday destroyed the Ryan & Worthington livery stables, the Owsley saloon and several cottages.  The Bank of Mayslick and Presbyterian church were damaged.” 
 - The Owingsville Outlook, June 18, 1903
“TWENTY DOLLARS REWARD.  Ran away from the subscriber on the 9th of November, two miles back of New Albany, Indiana, a likely mulatto boy, copper colored, 21 years of age, 6 feet high; had on when he went away, a wool hat, blue jeans coat and pantaloons, yellow waistcoat, and a very heavy pair of shoes with three soles. The above reward will be given for the said negro, if confined in Louisville jail, so that I can get him, or delivered to the owner, David Small, Mayslick, Mason county, Ky.  Wm. Hickman, New Albany, Ia. Nov. 12.” from the Louisville Public Advertiser, November 12, 1829
“The Louisville Journal says that while the rebels were in Indiana, in the latter part of June, the meanest thing they did was to break open the jail and release the thief who stole Mr. Brooking's horses, near Mayslick. They told him to steal the horses of Union men whenever he could find them, and the fellow promised faithfully to do it, and as an earnest of his intentions in that respect he joined the party.” Daily Alta California, July 25, 1863


Conservation Club Mayslick VFD
Mayslick Conservation Club, 1949 Mayslick VFD
From a Facebook post by Missy Gifford


Drake Drakes
Mayslick's most famous son, Daniel Drake, went on to become a leading light of Cincinnati in its formative years. Read his recollections in his Pioneer Life in Kentucky. (pdf - 311 pages)
One of Drake's early publications described epidemic disease in Mayslick. In 1808.


Gents     Ladies
Some Mayslick Gents. Note the Second Catholic Church and the Darnell Hotel (with the big chimney) in the background.     Some Mayslick Ladies



The Laytham House. If you've heard there was a swimming pool on the roof, you've heard wrong. It did, however, accumulate water up there from time to time.

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covered Bridge Mayslick, Kentucky
Yeah, Yeah, it's Nicholas County. We thought if you're looking at Mays Lick, you'd like it. 1929 on the right. Earlier bridge, left, is the one rebuilt after Confederate soldiers burned its predecessor.

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For the record, we have no idea whether it's “May's Lick” (possessive); “Mays Lick,”
(two words, not possessive); or “Mayslick,” (one word).  It varies on who's writing it,
what the context is, and the year in which they were writing it.  We generally follow the
usage of whatever we're quoting.

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