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A Brief History of Shelby County, Kentucky 

 The Squire Boone Statue on East Main St.


Squire Boone statue draws over 100 descendants to Shelby County for reunion and tribute. Folks gathered at Centenary United Methodist Church whose heritage has Painted Stone ties, too. Music by multi talented Reginald Bareham.

NATIONAL BOONE SOCIETY WILL VISIT SQUIRE BOONE STATUE The Boone Society will hold its 2018 National Reunion and Conference June 20-24 in Lexington with a special event scheduled for June 21 in Shelbyville. More than 100 members of this nation-wide organization are coming to Shelby County to place a wreath at the statue of Squire Boone on East Main Street.

The visitors will gather at Centenary United Methodist Church at Fifth and Main at 9 a.m. for a program. An original song called "River Nights" will be performed by Reginald Bareham to close the event as the travelers leave to view the statue. The public is welcome to come.

A wreath will be placed at the site to mark the significance of Squire Boone's efforts to not only what became Shelbyville but to Kentucky as well. Following that, the group plans to place a wreath at the Daniel Boone Memorial at the Kentucky National Guard Center in Frankfort.

The Boone Society Inc. is an association of descendants, genealogists, and historians who enjoy studying the lives and times of this remarkable family. It was formed as a reference service for researchers, a conduit for genealogists, clearing-house for bibliographical works, and to host the biennial Boone Family Reunion.

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Shelby County 1792 

Shelby County, Kentucky’s twelfth county, was created from Jefferson County on June 28,1792 with Shelbyville as the county seat. Named for Kentucky’s first governor, Isaac Shelby, Shelby County covers 383 square miles and by 1800 its population exceeded 8,100 individuals.

Prior to the Civil War, agriculture and livestock were the foundation of Shelby County’s economy. In 1850 the first railroad line passed through the county connecting Frankfort with Louisville. In 1870 the Shelby Railroad Company constructed a line that connected Shelbyville to Anchorage, Kentucky. Railroads created improved access to regional and national markets for local farmers. With greater prosperity, commercial and residential development followed. Corn was the most important cash crop in the period of 1870 to 1900; followed by hemp, tobacco and wheat. In 1870 Shelby County was the top hog producer in the state and was fifth highest for beef cattle.

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Shelby County 1882

At the beginning of the twentieth century economic growth slowed following a national trend. After World War II, however, economic growth was spurred by greater tobacco production and the establishment of an industrial base. The Shelby County Industrial and Development Foundation was formed in 1957. In 1961 Shelbyville was linked to Louisville by Interstate 64.

Today, Shelby County continues to be an agricultural leader in corn, wheat and livestock. It is home to sixty-four manufacturing facilities and has 385 members in the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce. In 2005 Shelby County was proclaimed the Saddlebred Horse Capital of the World.

A Little Shelby County History! 

Layson Hall
Veterans Memorial

627 Main Street
Shelbyville, KY 40065

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 444
Shelbyville, KY 40066 

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