The Madison County Historical Society, Inc. is a non-profit organization with a mission to educate our citizenry and visitors about the county’s unique history, archeology, architecture, and cultural heritage. The MCHS board also collaborates with governmental entities, educational institutions, and public/private businesses and organizations to promote, protect, and preserve Madison County history and heritage.
We welcome Mr. Bill Williams to our Board of Directors. Bill moved back home to Madison County three years ago after retiring from UPS in Florida. He is also a very active member of the Battle of Richmond Association and enjoys doing research.
On April 19, 2019, our presenter was Dr. Matthew Davidson on the topic of Iron Furnaces of Kentucky. Dr. Davidson is a district archaeologist with the Daniel Boone National Forest and a temporary visiting scholar with the University of Kentucky. In his position with the national forest he studies and documents Native American rock shelters and petroglyph sites. He is currently working on developing an atlas of 17th and 18th century Native American settlements of Kentucky.
Mr. Rex Mann, a retired USDA Forest Service official, gave a presentation on his passion - restoration of the American Chestnut Tree. This species of tree once spanned the east coast of the United States until a blight wiped it out. Mr. Mann is now a private forestry consultant and is leading the charge to restore the tree.
Reinette Jones, Special Collections Librarian and African American Studies Academic Liasion at the University of Kentucky, has spent untold hours in her research on Kentucky African Americans. Her presentation on notable Madison County African Americans was extremely informative and entertaining.