County Connections: Historical Society Museum of Hopkins County preserves memories of county's colorful past

06/29/2017 07:30 AM

MADISONVILLE — The Hopkins County Historical Society provides a picture of the western Kentucky county’s past by preserving artifacts related to its history as well as publishing an annual yearbook with contributions from its nearly 400 members.

The society operates a museum in downtown Madisonville, which displays memorabilia that dates back to the early 1800s and showcases the region’s coal industry, political history, lifestyles and more.

Hopkins County historian Carl Veazey says the museum has a little bit of everything thanks to many generous donors throughout the county.

“We have some rare things here,” Veazey said. “We have actual Civil War uniforms, some of the old farming things, a lot of families have contributed to this.”

One of the rarest objects in the collection is an original 1910 Buick Buggybout – one of only three left in the world.

“It’s chain-driven, its hard-runner tires, the steering wheel is on the right, it seems like that the headlights are really kerosene lamps,” Veazey said.

The museum also has moved and restored the cabin where former Kentucky Gov. Ruby Lafoon, a Hopkins County native, was born.

The structure was originally constructed in the mid-1800s and is furnished with period pieces.

The museum is open from noon to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and admission is free, but donations are accepted.


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