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!

Our Exhibit Rooms

What our patrons have to say...

You file Drawer #3 that contains Broughton Genealogy- when could I come and study those files? Time and days-- I am the Great Grandson to James B. Broughton (1864-1917) I like to work on my family genealogy.

Thank you,
Robert D. Broughton
Robert D. Broughton

Golden Family Reunion, April 28-30, 2017. Please come!

Date: Friday, April 28, 2017, we will be at the Cumberland Inn, in Williamsburg, KY meeting in their Patriot meeting room from 5:00 - 9:30 PM. Plan to arrive on schedule. The hotel does offer a restaurant called the Patriot Steakhouse where everyone can dine and also food can be brought from the restaurant to the event rooms. No food from outside can be brought into the event rooms; it must be purchased from the hotel. A beverage service will be set up including coffee, tea, water and sodas. A copy machine will be available to share copies of your history with others. Bring your family history, pictures, stories and plan to have some fun with your BIG Family! We have the rooms until 9:30PM.

Date: Saturday, April 29, 2017, beginning at 8:30 AM and continuing until the last person leaves, plan to come (rain or shine) and spend the day at the actual Stephen Golden first settlement site and his resting place on Golden Creek. Please arrive before 12 noon so the prayer is not interrupted. Then we can begin our potluck meal together at 12:00 noon. Then afterwards a group picture can be taken of everyone.

Be sure and bring a food dish to share and your lawn chair for this outing. Also, bring your voice and music instrument and plan to play and sing the afternoon away after we dine! Also, please bring items to donate to the auction. The money collected at the auction and any cash donations will go towards taking care of the cost for the Friday night event, cemetery upkeep and the mailing/stamps for the newsletter. Funds go fast, so if you can't come and can donate some $ this would help greatly! After the outing all who would like to have dinner at the Patriot Steakhouse let me know so the reservation can be made and we can enjoy dinner together.

We might go cemetery visiting on Sunday! For more information call Carol Golden (865) 376-7141 or send an email to goldencj@msn.com
Carol Golden

Question: to access your files on the Cain family in Drawer 4, do I have to drive down there? I live in Cincinnati and am doing family research. I belong to the KY Historical Society but am at a dead end. Thank you.
Susan R Tanner

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