Programs and Activities

Meetings

The Madison County Historical Society meets on the third Thursday in the months of February, March, April, May, June, September and October at 6:30 in the community room of Central Bank on the corner of Lancaster Avenue and Main Street. Some meetings are held on site of local historic venues. The annual member picnic is held the first Saturday in August at historic Mt. Zion Church.  

Interesting speakers and programs highlight the meetings, which are open to members of the Society, as well as to the public.

Publications

The Society publishes the award-winning Heritage Highlights, which appears three times a year. This publication keeps members informed of Society and other historical activities and also includes articles of historical or genealogical interest.

Other publications for sale include:

  • Madison County: 200 Years in Retrospect (1975)
  • Madison County Rediscovered: Selected Historic Architecture (1988)
  • When the Ripe Pears Fell: The Battle of Richmond, Kentucky (1996)
  • Reprint of the 1876 Beers Map of Madison County with a new index and a CD
  • Print of Daniel Boone by Haddon Sundblom
  • Inventory of Burials, Berea (KY) Cemetery (1993)
  • Inventory of Burials, Richmond (KY) Cemetery (2000)

Genealogical and Historical Research

The Society encourages historical and genealogical research about Madison County. Although the Society does not have a library and does not do research, it will put genealogical queries (for members only) in Heritage Highlights. For persons interested in research, the Special-Collections and Archives sections of Berea College and Eastern Kentucky University Archives possess excellent resources on Madison County. 

Historic Sites Preservation and the Bluegrass Trust Plaque Program

The Society, working in conjunction with the Kentucky Heritage Council and local government, has conducted several historic site surveys and is actively involved in the acquisition and preservation of property associated with the Battle of Richmond.  In November 2001 the society acquired the 62-acre Barnett-Gibbs-Herndon Civil War farm site, located six miles south of Richmond on Kingston Highway (US 421). The Madison County Fiscal Court bought the farm from the Historical Society and established Battlefield Park in 2005. Additionally, the Society coordinates the Bluegrass Trust for Historic Preservation Plaque Program for the county, which is part of a larger effort to identify and preserve significant historical sites in Central Kentucky.