Friday, January 6, 2012

Caldwell County Historical and Genealogy Societies

The Caldwell County Historical Society, P.O. Box 1, Princeton, Kentucky was founded in 1991 and was established as a project of the Caldwell County committee for Kentucky's Bicentennial. Their purpose is to promote a greater awareness of the history and heritage of the county, to help preserve historical data, memorabilia and sites, and to share the knowledge gained in these pursuits through programs, publications and observances of local historical significance. Meetings are held the first Thursday of alternate months beginning in February in George Coon Library in Princeton. Meetings are open to the public. Membership for individuals is $15 per year. With membership comes a bi-monthly newsletter.

Glenn E. Martin Genealogy Library, located at the corner of Main and Harrison, in downtown Princeton, is a storehouse of research materials, including books, microfilm, obituary files and other genealogical information,some of which have been provided by the society. Also housed at the Martin Genealogy Library are the original Caldwell County circuit court records. A plaintiff/defendant index makes the case files a snap to use. When researching at the Caldwell County courthouse, be sure to include a visit to the Martin Genealogy Library.

In addition to their work at the library, the Caldwell County Historical Society also sponsors a hayride and Night Rider tour each October. Attendees learn about the tobacco culture at the turn of the 20th century and actors portray various characters of the Night Rider Era. The former residence of Dr. David Amoss, leader of the Night Riders, was acquired and renovated by the society. Tours are available by appointment (call 270-365-7801). The society also sponsors two beauty pageants during the Black Patch Festival in September.

The Caldwell County Genealogy Society was organized in 2010. They meet the third Tuesday of odd months. Dues are $10 per year and should be sent to PO Box 51, Princeton, Kentucky 42445. For additional information, contact Robert Ward at

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