Established 1987 in Barbourville, Kentucky

Knox Historical Museum

History & Genealogy Center

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The Museum is Temporarily Closed

The Knox Historical Museum closed to the public March 31, 2023, temporarily, due to the Municipal Building, in which the museum is housed, having scheduled a complete renovation, including removal of all internal structures.

The museum has not closed as an institution and will continue research and genealogy services via e-mail and postal mail, but we are not permitted to have public traffic in our temporary facilities.

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Knox Historical Museum
PO Box1446
Barbourville, KY  40906

Help Us Move the Museum!

The Knox Historical Museum needs to move its entire collection.

This temporary move is due to the planned complete renovation of the Barbourville Municipal Building taking place in the spring of 2023 and beyond.

The Knox Historical Museum, Inc. is a 501(c)-3 nonprofit organization that operates from the generous donations of patrons and from the sale of items calendars, books, and other items from its Museum Store.

If you'd like to make a donation to help us with the expenses incurred by the Museum to move its collection, you may make a safe and secure online donation using our PayPal account by clicking on the Donate button below. You do not need to have a PayPal account to make a donation.

You may also make a donation by check. Please make your check payable to Knox Historical Museum and write 'Donation' in the memo line and mail it to:

Knox Historical Museum
PO Box 1446
Barbourville, KY 40906

The Knox Historical Museum continues as always to appreciate our generous donors for their gifts. Your gift will be used for our daily operational purposes and will be classified as unrestricted funds unless otherwise indicated. Donors will be provided with a receipt of their donation and a huge thank you.

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Important Shipping Information

Our Museum is staffed by Volunteers and our hours of operations currently are such that our Volunteer staff members are only able to check for Online Orders once per week. Typically on either Tuesday or Thursday.

This means that online orders may not be shipped for up to 10 days after your order is placedPLEASE give our Volunteer staff the time to process your order and ship it out to you.  We will do our best to ship all orders as quickly as possible.  Before you ask PayPal for a refund due to non-shipment, please send us an e-mail first to ask about your order's status.

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Welcome to the Knox Historical Museum

Focus on Isaac Mills and son of Nasby and more

Vol. 28 No. 4                 Winter  2016

  • Isaac Mills, Son of Nasby Mills, by Michael C. Mills
  • The Home Front in Southeastern Kentucky during the Civil War: My Mother, Samantha Sharp Faulkner, Part 5, by Judge Henry Cook Faulkner
  • A Post Civil War Threat (Frank Faulkner), by Judge H.C. Faulkner
  • Meet the Museum Staff: [9] Michael C. Mills
  • Remembering Barbara Black [by C.R. Mitchell]
  • Museum Additions
  • Unparalleled Champion Senior Class at Knox Central, by Michael C. Mills
  • Editorial: The Knox Countian to Changes Format

The winter issue of the Knox Historical Museum's quarterly magazine, the Knox Countian, edited by Charles Reed Mitchell, is now available for purchase at the Museum in Barbourville or via the online Museum Store.
The cost per magazine at the museum is $3 while the cost via the website is $3 plus 6 percent sales tax and a $1.25 shipping fee.
A summary follows above for Volume 28-4.

What Our Patrons Have to Say...

How do I order drawer 2 on the Begley family gistory file

Ed Begley

I would like to see family and friends sharing old Powell photos and info. Thank you!

Dennis Powell

Dennis Powell

Having difficulty trying to subscribe to emails on your site. It goes to a unsupported page. Also, do I need to pay $20 subscription to do a search on your page? Or to sed newsletters? Thanks Nancy

Nancy Bryant

I would love to purchase michael's
pictorial look back publication

merrill hibbard

saw a pic recently of Greenroad School 1914, but cant find it now. How could I get a copy of the picture?

phyllis mason



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