Knox Historical Museum

History & Genealogy Center

Established 1987 in Barbourville, Kentucky
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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.

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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!

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What our patrons have to say...



Anyone know of James Anderson Bunch b. 1874

dorothy bunch cook

Knox County Museum was closed on Monday when I was passing through, however I did go to the Laurel County Historical Society in London. Searching for Death Record and burial site for my 2nd great-grandma, Sarah Jane Hopper, who married Josephus Hopper in 1886. They were 1st cousins, as their fathers were brothers. Sarah was born in Knox county about 1849 and died after 1910. Last found recorded on the 1910 census in Laurel county. Actual place and death date unknown. Sarah's 1st husband was my 2nd great-grandpa, James William Cox, Jr. (1850-1933) whom she married in 1872 and divorced in 1885.) I've been searching for Sarah and Josephus for many years with no clue as to what may have happened to them after 1910.

Recently bought a kayak and have been looking at the lakes and water way's in the Knox County area and heard of this website. To my surprise found out about the 'Paddle The Cumberland' . I would like to help promote and make this a great event for the Knox Ccounty area. Kayaking has really became a big sport in the surrounding lakes and water ways ... thanks
Jeff Paul

I am searching for old pictures of the Broughton Family- Job Broughton Lineage line-

Thank you,
Robert Broughton
Cleveland, TN
Robert Broughton

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