National Register Listings in
Warren County, Kentucky

Adams-Kentucky District Allen, Carter, House Allen, Thomas, House Barren River L & N Railroad Bridge Blakeley, W. H., House Bowling Green OMS #10 Bryant, Garnett, House Burnett, Aubrey, House Campbell, David C., House Causey, L.K., House Cave Spring Farm Cecilia Memorial Christian Church Cherry Hall College Hill District College Hill Historic District (Boundary Increase) College Street Bridge Confederate Monument of Bowling Green Cooke, Peyton , House Curd-Moss House Davidson, A. C., House Dodson, J.D., House Downtown Commercial District Drakes Creek Baptist Church Ennis, Willis, House Everhardt, W. H., House Ewing, James F., House Fairview Methodist Church First Colored Baptist Church Ford, John Jackson, House Fort C.F. Smith Fort Lytle Fort Webb Givens, J.C., House Gossom, William, House Grider House Grider, Tobias, House Hall House Hardcastle Store, The Hays, James, House Health Buildings-Gymnasium Heating Plant Hines House Home Economics Building Horse Shoe Camp Houchens, Elouise B., Center for Women Industrial Arts Building Ironwood Joggers, J. C., House Kelley, James, House Kentucky Building Kinlock Kirby, Jesse, Springhouse Louisville and Nashville Railroad Station Magnolia Street Historic District Merritt-Hardin House Middleton, Jesse, House Milliken Building Modern Automotive District Moore, Charles M., Insurance Company Moore, Maria, House Mount Olivet Cumberland Presbyterian Church Murrell, Samuel, House Neale, William P., House Newton-Kemp Houses Nine Hearths Oakland-Freeport Historic District Old Log Church Perry, William F., Monument Pioneer Log Cabin Polk House President's Home Rauscher House Richardsville Road Bridge Riverview Robb, Dr. William, House Rose-Daughtry Farmstead Seeley, Edward B., House Shake Rag Historic District Shobe, Moses, House Sloss, John, House Smiths Grove Baptist Church Smiths Grove District Smiths Grove Historic District (Boundary Increase II & Additional Documentation) Smiths Grove Historic District (Boundary Increase) Smiths Grove Presbyterian Church Snell, Perry, Hall St. James Apartments St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church St. Joseph's District Stadium Standard Oil Company Filling Station Sterrett House Underwood-Jones House Upper East Main Street District Van Meter Hall Walnut Lawn Wardlaw, Andrew James, House Warren County Courthouse West Hall Wilson, Gordon, Hall Wright, George House Wright, J. L., House Young's Ferry House
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.
Warren County, Kentucky has a rich history that dates back thousands of years. The region was originally inhabited by Native American tribes, particularly the Cherokee and Chickasaw, who used the land for hunting and fishing. European explorers, including Hernando de Soto in the 16th century, were among the first outsiders to set foot in what is now Warren County.

In the late 18th century, European settlers began to establish permanent communities in the area. In 1796, Warren County was officially formed and named after General Joseph Warren, a Revolutionary War hero. Throughout the early 19th century, the county's economy thrived due to agriculture, primarily tobacco and hemp production. The growth of transportation systems, such as riverboats and railways, contributed to the county's economic prosperity.

During the American Civil War, Warren County played a significant role as it was strategically located between the Union and Confederate forces. Bowling Green, the county seat, was occupied by both Union and Confederate troops at different times during the war. The county suffered economic hardships and destruction as a result of the conflict.

After the Civil War, Warren County entered an era of rapid industrialization and modernization. The arrival of the railroad in the late 19th century opened new opportunities for trade and commerce. The county became a hub for tobacco processing, manufacturing, and trade, attracting new businesses and residents.

Today, Warren County continues to grow and thrive. It is home to Bowling Green, the third-largest city in Kentucky, and has a diversified economy that includes manufacturing, healthcare, higher education, and tourism. The county also hosts popular attractions such as the National Corvette Museum and Mammoth Cave National Park, drawing visitors from all over the country. Warren County's vibrant history is still celebrated and preserved through various museums, historic sites, and local traditions.

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

  • 1796 - Warren County is officially established as part of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
  • 1810 - The county seat is relocated from Bowling Green to a more central location.
  • 1861 - The American Civil War begins, and Warren County becomes a strategic location due to its position on the Confederacy's western frontier.
  • 1864 - The Battle of Perryville takes place in Warren County, resulting in a Confederate victory.
  • 1870 - The Louisville and Nashville Railroad is completed, bringing increased economic development to Warren County.
  • 1906 - Western Kentucky State Normal School, now known as Western Kentucky University, is established in Bowling Green.
  • 1960s - The construction of Interstate 65 and the Cumberland Parkway boosts transportation and tourism in Warren County.
  • 1997 - The National Corvette Museum opens in Bowling Green, celebrating the city's history as the manufacturing hub of Chevrolet's Corvette.