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During the Civil War, Kentucky was officially neutral, but the state was divided in its loyalties, with many citizens fighting on both sides of the conflict.
Oldham County, Kentucky, has a rich history that spans back to its founding in 1824. The earliest known inhabitants of the area were Native American tribes, including the Shawnee and the Iroquois Confederacy, who used the land for hunting and trading. The first European settlers arrived in the late 1700s, predominantly from Virginia and Maryland, and began establishing farms and communities.

In the early 19th century, the construction of the Louisville and Frankfort Railroad brought significant growth and development to Oldham County. The railroad provided a means of transportation for goods and people, leading to the establishment of new towns such as La Grange, Crestwood, and Pewee Valley. Agriculture, particularly tobacco and corn farming, became the primary industry in the county during this time.

During the Civil War, Oldham County, like much of Kentucky, was divided in its loyalties. Although Kentucky officially declared its neutrality, both Union and Confederate sympathizers were present in the county. The Union Army occupied Oldham County in 1862, and many residents joined the Union forces. In the aftermath of the war, the county experienced an economic decline and a shift from a predominantly agricultural economy to a more diverse one.

In the 20th century, Oldham County saw continued growth and development. The completion of the Kentucky State Reformatory in 1937 brought jobs and increased economic activity to the area. The county's proximity to Louisville also allowed for suburban expansion, attracting residents who preferred a rural lifestyle within commuting distance of the city. Today, Oldham County is known for its beautiful horse farms, scenic countryside, and thriving communities that blend history with modern amenities.

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

  • 1780s: Settlement begins in the area now known as Oldham County
  • 1824: Oldham County is officially established
  • 1851: The Louisville and La Grange Railroad is completed, providing a transportation boost for the county
  • 1861-1865: Oldham County residents participate in the American Civil War
  • 1875: The Kentucky State Reformatory, a prison, is established in La Grange
  • 1882: The Oldham County courthouse is completed
  • 1917-1918: World War I impacts Oldham County, with many residents serving in the military
  • 1937: The Ohio River flood causes significant damage in the county
  • 1970s-1980s: Oldham County experiences rapid population growth and development
  • 2001: The Oldham County History Center is established to preserve the county's heritage