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Knox Museum closed for the holidays

The Knox Historical Museum will be closed on Wednesday, Dec. 24, and Wednesday, Dec. 31, for the Christmas and New Year's Day holiday season.

Regular hours of 10 a.m. to 4 pm. will resume on Wednesday, January 7.


KHM releases photos of Lynn Camp Creek flooding of Corbin area in 1957

These photos, courtesy of the Corbin Times-Tribune, show the impact of the flooding of Lynn Camp Creek on Corbin in 1957.

1957 flooding of Lynn Camp Creek


Museum adds photo showcases of '79 Boone Festival and Knox church folk

1979 Daniel Boone Festival Photos

Knox County, Kentucky church folk



Knox County's political leaders in 1965





The political leadership of Knox County in 1965 posed together for a photo at the courthouse. Seated, left to right, are John Dixon, County Attorney; Lester Broughton, Jailer; and Floyd Sowders, Circuit Court Clerk. Standing from left are J.E. McDonald, County Judge; W.B. Frazier, Sheriff; and Clyde Williams, County Clerk.






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The Speed Legacy To Union College

Editor's Note: The following article, with its author unspecified, describes the founding of Union College. It was presented to the Knox Museum in Fall 2014 by Union College staff. The author makes it clear that without the support of husband and wife Joshua F. and Fanny Henning Speed and Barbourville City residents, Union College may have never existed. In the early days of Union, the family's and city residents' philanthropy made the college successful.

The beneficence of Joshua Fry and Fanny Henning Speed provided endowment, constructed buildings, paid faculty salaries, and insured permanency of Union College.

It is interesting to note the ancestors of this illustrious Louisville family. Captain James and Mary Spencer Speed, grandparents of Joshua, came to Kentucky from Charlotte County, Virginia, in 1792 and settled near Danville after Captain Speed had served in the American Revolution. The son John was ten years old at the time.


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I did not realize you had a website until I received the current issue of the Knox Countian. Susan Arthur was my aunt.

Just wanted to let you know that I found a list of postmasters on line that included my ancestor Ambrose Arthur, who served as postmaster at Flat Lick between 1848-52. List is at
This list includes all postmasters from Knox County.
Mike Arthur
Michael Arthur
I would love to see the resurrection of the Christmas Party that was so enjoyable. My mom, Janice Potter Trent, was very active during that time. I truly miss the mingling, the great food we all prepared, and the stories told. Please consider doing this again. Thanks!
Penny Trent-Norman
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