Bob Smith, president of the Three Forks Historical Center talks about a bottling plant that was located in Beattyville in the early 1900s. The Roxa Kola Bottling Company was a subsidiary of Ale-8-one and had bottling plants in Lexington, Winchester, and Beattyville. Ale-8-one is a large part of Eastern Kentucky pride and history. Read about the Ale8 One Percent program with the Red River Gorge Climber's Coalition, where 1% of returnable bottle sales go to local nonprofits.
This video is a Three Forks Historical Center Artifact Spotlight of L&N Railroad Maps of Heidelberg, Lee County, Kentucky. Shirley Reese talks about what she remembers of the town. To hear more about the history of Heidelberg, KY check out the Lee County Oral History/Storytelling recordings.. #supportmuseums #threeforkshistoricalcenter
John McIntosh, at the Three Forks Historical Center showcases an item in the museum that touches his heart, and his stomach. He has treasured memories of his mother cooking on a similar stove. Listen to John speak about how this wood burning iron stove operated. Consider giving a donation to the museum in Beattyville, KY to help keep the doors open for generations to come. If you are interested in this stove and historical cooking methods, be sure to listen to the Lee County Oral History group talk about cooking traditions.
Three Forks Historical Center Artifact Spotlight: Jessica Treadway, teacher with Wolfe County Schools, and member of the Beattyville/Lee County Tourism Commission talks about one room school systems. She highlights artifacts such as a school desk, a hand bell, a chalkboard, and a 1929 teacher record book from the Big Andy Ridge area of Lee and Wolfe Counties. Learn more about the consolidation of schools in Lee County and listen to stories of what it was like teaching in a one room school house from our Lee County Oral History/Storytelling recordings. There is a great audio clip by retired teacher Mrs. Edith Little that is wonderful to listen to. Consider Consider giving a donation to the museum in Beattyville, KY to help keep the doors open for generations to come. www.threeforkshistoricalcenter.com
The Three Forks Historical Center will be hosting a spring fundraiser on Friday night, March 29th, 2019. It is sure to be a fun time for family and friends so please mark your calendars and plan to come out and support the museum. The event will begin at 5:00pm with a tasty fish fry dinner! For $8.00 a plate you can have a wonderful fish diner complete with coleslaw, hush puppies, baked beans, homemade dessert and a drink. There will also be a silent auction going on so be sure to check out all the items on display and place your bid. The museum board asked The Hilltop Pickers to come and play at the event. They play bluegrass and gospel bluegrass music so come and enjoy some old time tunes. If you would like to donate an item to the silent auction please contact Bob and Linda Smith at (606) 464-2888. All proceeds from the fish fry and auction will go to the Three Forks Historical Center fund.
The Hilltop Pickers
All the members of this local group attend Beattyville Baptist Church. They share a love of bluegrass and bluegrass gospel music. The band often plays at local events such as the Woolly Worm Festival and the Natural Bridge Artisan Festival. They were recently a part of the 2018 Fall Sharathon for Mountain Gospel Radio. Once a month they play music for the residents at the Lee County Care and Rehab Center in Beattyville. The group is comprised Michael Johnson, Larry and Kim Oliver, Joe and Debbie Piercy, Randall Brandenburg, and Dedra Brandenburg. Also members of the band include their sheet music librarian Anita Brandenburg and "bus driver" Rose Roberts. The Hilltop Pickers have a love for the community and for the Lord.
Photos from the last museum fish fry during the Old Engine and Tractor Show, August 2018.
The Three Forks Historical Center in Beattyville, KY preserves artifacts that are irreplaceable due to their historical significance. Not only do the artifacts reflect local histories but also national events. In this video, Bob Smith, President of the Three Forks Historical Center, showcases the American Flag that was flown at half mast the remainder of the year following the Japanese attack of Pearl Harbor in 1941.
Welcome to the blog page of the Three Forks Historical Center in Beattyville, KY.
Museum Board Members
Want to get involved? Ask the board members how you can volunteer to help the museum.
Everett Lee Marshall
Board Members in loving memory:
Bob Smith 10/30/22
Rhonda Estes 9/20/21
Edna G. Crabtree 2/15/21