Estill County Historical & Genealogical Society Museum


Estill County Historical & Genealogical Society Museum

The Estill County Historical and Genealogical Society has been collecting and preserving artifacts, documents and other memorabilia since the museum was opened to promote knowledge and appreciation for the area heritage. The building, at 133 Broadway, was erected in 1935 for the Park Brother Bus Line which was in business at this location until the mid-1940’s when the Black Brothers purchased the property and operated the bus service and restaurant called “Chat-N-Nibble.”
Activities on Sat., April 28 and Sun., April 29 will include the following..


Displays: They tell the story of Estill County. Visitors will views displays of railroad,military, country store, photographs, farm implements,school, store, and home items. Historic relics include a 1795 loom, boat steering wheel,old courthouse bell, quilts, and pictures.

Books,publications, and cookbooks for sale: The society has over 1,000 books and family files about Estill County, from 1808 when the county was established to the present.


Daniel Boone: He will make history come alive as he makes an appearance at the festival on Saturday, April 28. A presentation will be given at the Grandstand at 11:15 a.m. Afterwards he will be at the museum at noon for a question & answer session.

Daniel Boone is the quintessential Kentuckian, having blazed the trails that would become the map of Kentucky through courage, a love of the newfound beauty and abundance of the region, and his cunning facility with the land and its native peoples.

Born November 2, 1734, Boone quickly demonstrated a preference for the outdoors and established himself as an accomplished hunter and explorer. In 1767, Boone first visited Kentucky and found this new territory as beautiful as it was dangerous, as it was hotly contested by both native populations and the ever-advancing British colonists.

Boone was an intrepid adventurer and natural leader whose exploits amply justify his larger-than-life reputation. In 1784, John Filson published The Discovery, Settlement And present State of Kentucky This influential book chronicled in detail the adventures of Boone and established him not only as an important settler and explorer of Kentucky and the west, but as an American legend.

Funded project of the Kentucky Humanities Council. The Kentucky Humanities Council is a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The Museum and Research Library
is open every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Admission is free.


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