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Knox Historical Museum

History & Genealogy Center

Established 1987 in Barbourville, Kentucky
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downtown-barbourville-circa-1921
Visit the Knox Historical Museum's extensive collection of photographs

Help Us Find a Permanent Home!

The Museum is looking for a new permanent location.  Due to changes related to the renovation of the Barbourville Municipal Building, the Museum will not have the required space to operate fully from its prior location within the Municipal Building.  We are looking for a new location that will be fully dedicated to housing the Museum's considerable physical collections of artifacts and all of its genealogical research materials for the enjoyment and use of future generations.

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 like calendars, books, and other items from its Museum Store.

If you'd like to make a donation to help us with the expenses incurred for locating and securing a permanent location for the Museum, 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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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.

Contact Information: Museum e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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U.S. Postal Service:

Knox Historical Museum
PO Box1446
Barbourville, KY  40906

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.

Thank You!

The Knox Historical Museum is now selling the 2017 Barbourville History Calendar, which will be available for $10 each during the 2016 Daniel Boone Festival. The calendars will sold beneath a tent beside the festival's information booth in front of the courthouse.

The Museum staff will also be selling calendars for 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016. The cost is $5 each for these older calendars.

The 2017 calendar features 14 large, 11" x 14" glossy photos. All photos are on firm board paper and suitable for framing.

The new calendar includes the following photos:

    • Knox County Courthouse - 1884
      Corner of Knox and Liberty Street - Circa 1910
      Barbourville Baptist Institute - 1899-1935
      Southwest Court Square - 1929
      Cumberland River Bridge - 1946
      Old Artemus Depot and Hotel
      Barbourville Governor's State Champs - 1964
      Louis Bain's Restaurant, later named "The Oasis"
      Dodge Brothers - North Main and Wall Street
      Rexall Drug Store
      Daniel Boone Festival - 1948
      Republican Club - 1931
      Christmas in Barbourville
      Old City Cemetery Gate

The Knox Historical Museum's 2017 Barbourville History Calendar is also available for sale at the Mountain Advocate business office and at the Knox Historical Museum, the latter also offering the earlier calendars.

For mail orders, please add five dollars ($5.00) for U.S. Postal shipping. Write Knox Historical Museum, P.O. Box 1446, Barbourville, KY 40906.

For online orders, please access these calendars via the following link:

Choose your souvenir calendar

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What our patrons have to say...

I love the layout and colors of the new website!
Jim

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

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