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.
Ann Johnson, former Kentucky Historical Society administrative assistant, worked in cemetery preservation and implemented two programs: the Kentucky Pioneer Cemetery Program and the Adopt a Cemetery Program. She shared with us laws and attorney general's opinions pertaining to family cemeteries and abandoned cemeteries as well as stories of her efforts to protect cemeteries state wide.
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.