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Latest news and what's happening at the Knox Historical Museum

Knox Historical Museum closed until further notice

The Barbourville Municipal Building, which houses the Knox Historical Museum and Genealogy Center, will remain closed until further notice.

This ongoing closure is based on the continuing COVID-19 Pandemic and the state regulations regarding limited gatherings, the wearing of face masks, and social distancing.

All contact with the museum should be in writing to the museum's post office box: Knox Historical Museum, PO Box 1446, Barbourville, KY 40906. Also, individuals can contact the museum via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Knox Historical Museum re-opens for public

The Knox Historical Museum has re-opened as of June 10, 2020 for the general public.

The Museum, located in City Hall, has been closed since early March due to the Governor's COVID-19 orders regarding public organizations following guidelines for museums and libraries.

Because the pandemic is still a threat, the museum will not hold extra hours during the remainder of 2020.The Museum will now be open only on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Knox Countian features Governor James D. Black

The winter issue of the Knox Historical Museum's quarterly magazine, The Knox Countian, is now available for purchase at the Museum or the Advocate, both located in Barbourville, or via the online Museum Store at The cost per magazine at the museum or Advocate is $3 while the cost via the website is $3 plus 6 percent sales tax and a $1.25 shipping fee.

Read more: Knox Countian features Governor James D. Black

What the Cannon train depot probably looked like. . .

Local historian Jakalyn Jackson recently provided important information about the old train depot at Cannon, including a painting of the re-imaged depot.

The lack of any known photographs of the Cannon depot prompted Ms. Jackson way back in the 1990's to interview several people in Cannon who described the appearance of the depot. These included Dorothy Mills, Reed Jackson and Mattie Jackson Marion, all of Cannon.

Read more: What the Cannon train depot probably looked like. . .

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