The famous Hatfield-McCoy feud, a long-running and violent conflict between two Appalachian families, began in Kentucky in the late 19th century.
Bath County, located in northeastern Kentucky, has a rich and diverse history dating back to its founding in 1811. The area was originally inhabited by Native American tribes, including the Shawnee and Cherokee, who hunted and fished along the Licking River. In the late 18th century, European settlers began to arrive, establishing small farms and trading posts along the river.

In the early 19th century, Bath County experienced rapid growth and development with the establishment of a county government. The county was named after the famous mineral springs in Bath, England, as it was believed that the area also had healing waters. These mineral springs and the emerging health industry played a significant role in attracting visitors and new residents to the area.

During the 19th and early 20th centuries, Bath County witnessed the rise of agriculture as the primary industry. The fertile soil and favorable climate allowed for the cultivation of tobacco, corn, and other crops. The county also became a hub for the production of whiskey and bourbon, with numerous distilleries operating in the area.

Throughout its history, Bath County has faced challenges and overcome adversity. The devastating floods of 1937 and 1963 caused significant damage to the county, but the community came together to rebuild and recover. Today, Bath County continues to thrive as a vibrant rural community, preserving its rich history while embracing modern advancements and opportunities.

This timeline provides a glimpse into the major events and milestones that have shaped the history of Bath County, Kentucky.

  • 1790 - Bath County is established as one of the first three counties in Kentucky.
  • 1811 - Owingsville, the county seat of Bath County, is officially incorporated.
  • 1822 - The first courthouse in Bath County is built in Owingsville.
  • 1862 - During the Civil War, Owingsville is briefly occupied by Confederate forces.
  • 1880s - The Elizaville Institute, a prominent educational institution, is established in Bath County.
  • 1920 - A new courthouse is built in Owingsville to replace the previous one.
  • 1930s - The Bath County State Park, known for its mineral springs, is developed.
  • 1950 - The Cave Run Lake is created by the construction of Cave Run Dam.
  • 1970 - The Bath County Historical Society is founded to preserve and promote the county's history.
  • 2009 - The historic Bath County Courthouse is added to the National Register of Historic Places.