Forkland Abraham Lincoln Museum
Forkland Genealogy and History Research
Directions to Forkland Community Center: From
Danville, go south on US 127 to the traffic light at Junction City and turn
right onto KY 300. Then just after the railroad tracks turn left onto
KY 37 and stay on KY 37 all the way (about 10 miles) to the Community Center
on the right. From Lebanon go east on US68, turn right on KY 243
(Gravel Switch turnoff). Stay on 243 until KY 243 turns right over the
bridge. Here you should go straight on KY37. The Community
Center is about three miles on the left. GPS Coordinates for the
Forkland Community Center: N37.551286, W084.985209.
The 2013 date has been set for the Forkland Lincoln Museum Genealogy Workshop.
Reserve May 25,
2013 for a very special day.
Remember that the limited number of
participants is 50, so get your reservations early.
photographs of the 2012 Genealogy Workshop at Forkland, click here.
In Chapter 6 of Allan W. Eckert's book The Frontiersmen, we find a
reference to forty people who accompanied Simon Kenton, the great
Frontiersman, back to Kentucky from the Virginia mountains in 1783.
These people eventually settled in the Danville area on land that Simon
Kenton gave to them. These were family members and neighbors of
his family who previously lived on small farms in what is now West Virginia.
In the notes section of the book, Eckert tells us that these families were
the following surnames: Whitehouse, Laws, Berry, and McGraw, as
well as Kenton and some unknown. These families settled in what is now called the
Forkland area and along the Salt River in Western Boyle County. The
Laws family owned land where the Perryville Battlefield is now located. Many
of the genealogy materials housed at the Forkland Community Center are
related to these families and others.
The area is also where the descendants of very early pioneers live today,
including relatives of Abraham Lincoln's grandmother Lucey Shipley Hanks
Genealogies, photographs, and artifacts relating to these families are on
display at the Forkland Community Center in the Forkland Abraham Lincoln
Museum and in the Genealogy Room of the Forkland Community Center. Visitors
are welcome to browse these displays and material and do research on their
own families at the center. The center is open May - October on
Saturdays from noon - 4pm, during all special events at the center (view
the calendar) and by appointment. To make appointments for times
to do research, please contact Pat Williams at
firstname.lastname@example.org or Wayne Thurman at
Experienced genealogists in the area will meet you at the center to help
Some of the many family names are:
For a complete list of family and related files
available for research in the Forkland Lincoln Museum library, click here.