Scenes from the Grand opening of the Carrollton Highway
Here is a short history of New Liberty which talks about the above four images.
|“Says the Owen News: ‘ We were invited a few days ago to help gather ripe oranges at Mr. Hartsough's, in New Liberty. They were perfect, yellow, well-matur3ed oranges of a good size. The tree has now the most fragrant blossoms, the young and ripe fruit. It has grown in a tub of prepared soil, is set on wheels, and lives near the door, so as to be rolled in the house out of the frost.’ ” uncredited newspaper clipping, dated 1871.||“New Liberty's Mr. J. B. Hartsaugh has started a opossum ranch.”
- Owen County Democrat, November 19, 1886
|“New Liberty was originally laid out as Adams Town in 1815, and was named after a local man named Reuben Adams. Adams started a post office in 1816, but named it Twin Meeting House, after the Baptist Church at Twin Creek. By 1823 the name had changed to New Liberty – no one’s real clear on why – and the town was incorporated in 1827.” From Robert Rennick’s Kentucky Bluegrass: A Survey of the Post Offices, Vol. II.||“On Friday night October 14. About 7 o'clock at New Liberty, Ky., we had the most sublime display of Aurora Borealis ever witnessed. The lurid streaks of light flashed up from the horizon in the east and north, some red as fire, and shedding a glare of light nearly equal to moonlight, and extending halfway from the horizon to the zenith.” from the Owen News, quoted in the Carrollton Democrat, October 29, 1870|
|“Messrs. Clarke and Lee have commenced the publication of a weekly paper called the Owen News, at New Liberty, the initial number of which has been received. The editorial management of the paper is under the control of Mr. J. M. Clarke, who in his salutatory announces his intention to make his paper a welcome visitor to the farmer, the mechanic, the merchant, and the manufacturer. In politics the News will advocate that sound national policy sustained by the Democratic party of the country. Owen is a populous county, intensely Democratic, and is abundantly able to support its home organ.” Courier-Journal, October 1, 1869||“The gross sales of the merchants of New Liberty for October aggregate $13,794. The Owen News attributes this immense array of figures to judicious advertising.” Courier-Journal, November 12, 1869|
|“The Owen County Fair begins at New Liberty today.” Courier-Journal, October 5, 1869|
|“I have bought and taken possession of the Gayle House in New Liberty, and am prepared to entertain the traveling public in the best of style. The house will be known as the Hukill House. Bus line twice a day to and from Sanders Sta. Livery stable connected. J. H. Hukill, proprietor” The Owenton Democrat, April 1, 1887||“The new flouring mill at Wheatley threw open its doors last week and amidst the whir of wheels and burrs turned out its first pure white flour to many waiting patrons. The people of this neighborhood have long wanted a convenience of this kind. The mill has proven a success in the kind of flour produced, and has been attested by many good housewives in that section. The plant is owned by Messrs. William and Henry J. McNeal and William Baker.” from the Owenton News-Herald, November 28, 1907|
|The New Liberty Sunday School Convention is here.||Find out how the New Liberty Christian Church got it's bell, here|
|George Cull. Here.||“A colored woman at New Liberty, Ky., last week gave birth to four children: two
girls and two boys. At last accounts all were doing well.” - American Baptist, August 21, 1903
|“To the Citizens of Henry,
Owen, Carroll, Grant and Kenton Counties.
A meeting of citizens friendly to a branch of the Louisville and Frankfort, from near Eminence, by way of the valleys, Drennon, Eagle, Ten Mile and Bank Lick Creek to Covington or Newport will be held at New Liberty, on Saturday, 13th of November, for the purpose of devising means for building said road. Let everyone interested attend.” from the Louisville Daily Courier, November 11, 1852.
|1879 New Liberty Robbery nets $24,000. Story and follow-up here.||Fire nearly destroys New Liberty in 1864 and again in 1869. Stories here.|
|“The citizens of Owen County, favorable to Southern Rights, proposed to give a Grand Barbeque, at the Fair Grounds at New Liberty, on the 5th of September. Prominent speakers have been invited to attend and address the people.” from the Louisville Daily Courier, August 30, 1861|
|Major Fire Hits New Liberty in 1864. Read it here.||Fire in New Liberty, 1904, here.|
|The 1876 Owen County Fair was held in New Liberty. Details here.||New Liberty Baptist Sunday School Convention, here.|
|New Liberty, from an 1876 Gazetteer is here.||“Twenty-seven Shots, Five Hits, and
No One killed.” Story here.
|“On Saturday last, we printed a prospectus of the 'Owen County Sentinel,' a new paper to be established in New Liberty, Owen county, Ky., by Mr. J. A. Kissinger, of Ohio. We hope the paper will be liberally patronized, and be profitable to its publisher and the citizens of that county. It will be a Democratic paper.” from Vevay's Indiana Reveille, July 6, 1859|
|A short history of New Liberty Baptist Church is here.||Rebels visit New Liberty in 1862, here.|