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.

Contact Information: Museum e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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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!

Information sought about the Barbourville Brickyard and its employees.

The Knox Historical Museum is in need of photos and information concerning the Barbourville Brickyard from its inception in 1905 until its closing in 1957. The photos and/or information needed include: 

            1.  People who worked or lived on the premises, including a description of the work and when performed;

            2.  Specific information related to the following people known to have worked at the Brickyard:  S.B. Dishman, J.A. McDermitt, L.L. Richardson, James Richard (Dick) Bacon, Jackie Jones, Roy Henson, Enoch Smith, Bob Partin, and Josh Shupe.  (Photos both on or off the Brickyard);

            3.  The Brick Plant, Pug Mill, Kilns, Yard, Steam/Power/Drag Line Shovel, Side Cars, Any Equipment;

            4.  Work being performed at the Plant, Yard or Ponds;

            5.  The Ponds at anytime before the extension of Allison Avenue through the Ponds; and

            6.  Houses and families who lived on the Brickyard premises. 

            Please send the photos and information to the Knox County Museum by any of the following means:

                       Email to:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

                        US Mail to:  The Knox Historical Museum, P. O. Box 1446,

                                             Barbourville, KY   40906

                        Personal delivery to the Museum at:  196 Daniel Boone Drive,

                         Barbourville, KY  40906, between 11:00 am and 4 pm on Wednesday

                          (Telephone:  606-546-7581)

            Photos mailed or personally delivered will be copied and returned to the provider.

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