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.
Kentucky Entertainment Television (KET) visited Beattyville in 2018 and filmed a Veterans Day tribute for their program. The video was published on November 8th and was shown on KET stations. Bob Smith, president of the Three Forks Historical Center talks about the Veterans wing in the museum and the Veterans Memorial Wall located in Beattyville, KY. Follow this link to War Memorial names located on the monuments for those killed in active duty, provided by Kentucky Genealogy Trails.
Beattyville, KY is the birthplace of the Kentucky River and the Three Forks Region was booming in the logging industry from 1890-1930s. Here is a video about an important tool that loggers used as they rafted logs from Beattyville toward Frankfort and on to the Ohio River. Learn more about the waterways and river trails that Lee County has to offer. Follow this link to view the pool 14 river map and where the boat ramps are located. Contact the local outfitter to reserve your kayak/canoe trip this summer.
Geneva Duncil, board member of the Three Forks Historical Center, showcases a artifact in the museum that is special to her: $100 in burnt money which was recovered in downtown Beattyville after the 1977 runaway gas truck explosion.
Here area few links to photos, articles, and the transportation documents of the accident.
The Lee County Senior Citizens eat lunch every day at their building across the road from the museum on HWY 11 in Beattyville at 11:30am. This is a county wide lunch free for all resident senior citizens of Lee County funded through the Kentucky River Area Development District. On Fridays every week the center does potluck, so we invited them to come to the museum for a change in the regular schedule. Normally pot luck days do not bring too big of a crowd, but they were all excited to come to the museum. Around 25 people, including the Mayor of Beattyville, Scott Jackson and the Lee County Judge Executive Chuck Caudill, attending the meal. Many were looking at the artifacts and telling stories as the object would trigger certain memories. The food selection was fantastic as someone had donated a ham the ladies who work for the Lee County Senior Citizen Center cooked it early this morning. There was also fried chicken, coal slaw, pimento cheese sandwiches, potato salad, chips and dip. The desserts were fantastic also as there was grape salad, cinnamon apple bunt cake, angel food cake, chocolate cake, brownies and more! After a warm welcoming word from Robert Smith of the Museum and from the tourism Director Dedra Brandenburg, the blessing was given and everyone dived in. Everyone agreed that this was something they wanted to do more often so in the future we are hoping for pot luck day at the museum at least once a month. Several individuals were interested in also helping volunteer hours at the Tourism Center Caboose to assist the tourism director on projects. Others were also interested in being interviewed for the Lee County Oral History/Storytelling projects. Follow the Lee County Senior Citizens on Facebook!
President of the museum, Bob Smith, talks about why the Three Forks Historical Center matters to our community. This video is a segment of the "This Place Matters" raising awareness campaign video published in 2018 by the Downtown Beattyville Alliance and the Beattyville/Lee County Tourism Commission. Click here to view the entire "This Place Matters" video.
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.
Edna G. Crabtree
Everett Lee Marshall