Owenton High School & Graded School
Knights of Pythias' Castle Hall
|Owen County High School, c. 1960
from the Facebook page of Owen Electric Cooperative, Inc.
|Owen County Court
House, c. WWI
March 30, 1941
|October 19, 1941
a drawing by
|This is the fourth Owen Co Courthouse. It was built in 1858, and re-modeled in 1876. It was once occupied by Confederate troops under Gen. Humphrey Marshall (Wikipedia). The first one was said to have been a log cabin in Hesler, then known as Heslerville, followed shortly after (c. 1828) by a log cabin in Owenton. we have no information on the third court house.||“When walls of the Owen County Court House at Owenton were stripped for renovation of the structure several years ago, dates running from 1862 to 1874 were found with names, addresses, pictures and verses indicating that soldiers had been quartered there during some troubled period after the War Between the States. A picture of Jefferson Davis was found drawn in red ink.”from the Louisville Courier-Journal, January 19, 1941|
|Berryman was also the builder of Perry Park's Inverness. That home, along with it's 747 acres was a wedding present to his daughter, Ann Mary, who was marrying Dr. Daniel S. Adams. This home, on Blanton Street, has also been used a girl's school dormitory, a buggy factory and a residence.|
|Home of Thomas A. Berryman,
Pioneer Lawyer, Owenton, Kentucky
|Adams Street, c. 1915||Residence on Adams
Looking North, 1907
Keightly Homestead, Owenton
|This is a small section of a much larger
set of Owenton maps, from the Sanborn Co.
Learn about viewing the full set here.
|Owenton, c. 1883|
“A notorious character of Morgan's (Wikipedia) command, named Dick Low, escaped from Camp Morton (Wikipedia) about three months ago, and managed to get to Owen county , Ky., where his friends reside. The Deputy Marshal of Owen county , hearing of his arrival, immediately arrested him, and he was incarcerated in the county jail. His friends, it seems, banded together to the number of about 15 or 20, and on the night of the 13th attacked the jail, over powering the guard and effecting the rescue of the prisoner. They carried him off in defiance of the citizens, amid the wildest shouts of triumph.” Frank Leslie's Weekly, from the American Anti-Slavery Society, February, 1864.
|Owenton Lodge #128 of Free and Accepted Masons, and the Owenton Royal Arch Chapter #28 are established in 1849.||A nineteenth century editor asks “What does Owenton Need?”|
|“Weems Hotel. The subscriber respectfully informs the citizens of Owen county and the public generally, he is now prepared to entertain travelers or regular boarders in the most satisfactory manner at this hotel in Owenton, Ky. His house is large and well arranged for a public hotel, and he hopes by strict attention to business, by keeping the best eating the county will afford and the most choice drinks in the bar, and the best of stables and provider for horses, to receive a liberal patronage. J. J. Weems, Owenton, Ky. Sept. 15, 1848.” From the Covington Union, September 15, 1848.||“Honaker & Lewis is the style of the newest firm in Owenton. It is composed of Fritz Honaker and Joe Lewis, two of our enterprising and accommodating citizens. They will hold forth in the Glasscock's building next door the Littrell's, in Court street, and will run a first-class meat, restaurant, and grocery store, Homemade candies, fruits and vegetables of all kinds will be kept fresh on tap at all times. Mr. Honaker was at one time associated with Mr. Barthel, the baker, and is a practical candy maker. Mr. Lewis is the proprietor of the Farmers Hotel, but expects to retire from this business the first of the year.” News-Herald, December 14, 1906.|
|“Destructive Fire in Owenton, Ky., A dwelling house owned by R. R. Revill, in Owenton, Ky., was destroyed by fire on Sunday night last. Loss $3000; no insurance. The jail and jailer's residence were also destroyed. The fire was purported to have been accidental.” Cincinnati Daily Press, June 16, 1860|
|Sons of Temperance established in Owenton||This 1834 Act authorized a road to Warsaw|
|“Owenton is jubilant over the organization of the ‘Happy Rattlers.’ The name is remarkably appropriate for Base-ball purposes, and the club is composed of the best players in town.” Courier-Journal, April 17, 1875||“A company has been incorporated to build a turnpike from Jonesville to Harrisburg, a distance of five miles. Jonesville is cut off from the county seat during the winter months because of the bad condition of the dirt road to Sparta Pike” Owen County Democrat, March 11, 1886.|
|“The street lamps purchased by the businessmen to expel the darkness of the night from the vicinity of their business houses are ornaments to the town. On each, the merchant’s name is artfully painted. The trustees of the town should imitate this example and supply a long felt need, by erecting lamps for the convenience of the public, even if they are only lighted on Sunday nights for the benefit of church goers, the ladies especially.” Owen County Democrat, March 11, 1886.|
|“On Friday last week, near Owenton, Thomas Heath, in company with nine other young men, went to within a short distance of the house of Miss Lena Ballard, whose father opposed her marriage with Heath. One of this party advanced and gave a concerted signal. The girl started, with the old gentleman in hot pursuit. The race was close and determined,but the girl got in ahead and was borne off on the horse behind Heath, amid the cheers of the party, whilst the disconsolate parent returned to console those of his household. The party hastened to the residence of a magistrate, where they were soon pronounced man and wife.” Kentucky Journal, February 3, 1873||Lynching feared.|
|W. B. Long remembers Owenton in a letter from 1905, here.|
|Owenton became an incorporated city by an Act of the Legislature, February 19, 1849.|
|“The Owenton Shakespeare Club met on January 7, at which the club began reading King Lear.” from the Owenton News-Herald, January 10, 1907|
|These detailed maps of Owenton from 1898 are Sanborn Fire Maps, originally created to assist insurance companies assess risk for underwriting fire insurance, hence “fire maps.” These we've downloaded from the Library of Congress' site for Sanborns. They also had maps at that site for Owenton from 1885 and 1893.|