Owen County Historical Society and Museum

106 N. Main Street
Owenton, Kentucky 40359
Larry Dale Perry, President

Hours: Meetings are held on the second Thursday of every month at the Odd Fellows' Hall on Seminary Street in downtown Owenton.

Services: History museum/genelogical research center, publications for sale, monthly programs and special events.

History: Dedicated to the preservation of local history, the Owen County Historical Society was incorporation November 7, 1963. In June 1965 the society purchased the Berryman House in Owenton where historical documents and artifacts of Owen County were archived. Ten years later, the Berryman House was sold. The historical society continued to meet at the public library until 1994 when Hartsough House at 206 N. Main Street was purchased. Renovations were undertaken, and in December of 2006, the Owen County Historical Society Museum opened its doors. Today, the museum houses artifacts, photographs, publications by local authors, histories of Owen County families and other genealogical research materials. The museum is open for tours and genealogical research during regular business hours and other times by appointment. Guest speakers present programs on a variety of topics, and special events are held throughout the year.


Owenton Rotary Club

     The Owenton Rotary Club is a community service organization. The club works on many community service projects; the main focus is helping college-bound students obtain money for school (student loan program). The Rotary Club meets Mondays at noon at the Smith House Restaurant in Owenton, Kentucky.


Owen County Woman's Club

Shirley Walker, 502-484-3481

     The Woman's Club funds three high education scholarships for local students and annually contributes more than $3000 to civic organizations. Meetings are the fourth Tuesday of the month, September through May, at 2 p.m. in the Owen County Public Library meeting room.


Owenton Lions Club

Ronnie Wooten, 502-484-3497

     The Lions Club is involved in raising money and promoting community education on various issues. The main project of the Owen County Lions is eye preservation, but they are also involved in diabetes education. The primary fund-raising project for the year is hosting the bingo game at the county fair and the magic show held each year at the Owen County Elementary School. The Lions Club meets the second Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Smith House Restaurant.


Independent Order of Odd Fellows

Larry Dale Perry, 502-514-3599

     The Odd Fellows is an international fraternal organization that focuses on community service activities. The Owen County Odd Fellows maintains the Owenton, New Liberty and Squiresville cemeteries and sponsors the local blood program. We also provide rentable space to host community events at the Lodge. The Odd Fellows meets the third Thursday of the month at 7:30 pm at the Odd Fellows Lodge in Owenton.


Owen County Retired Teachers Association

Faye Shelton, 502-484-5385

     The Owen County Retired Teachers' Association is a group of 80 members who also have membership in the 28,000 member strong Kentucky Retired Teachers' Association. Several members attend district workshops and meetings and the annual state convention. At the convention in the past years, OCRTA has received the Gold Award for a combination of 100 percent membership, volunteerism and contributing to various community organizations.
     The local assocation meets quarterly throughout the year. Two of the meetings that are well-attended are the annual picnic that is held at Fairway Golf Course in September and the annual Christmas dinner that is held at the Smith House Restaurant in December.
     The other meeting dates are the second Tuesday of March and June at the Smith House Restaurant. The meetings give an opportunity for members to stay in touch and to receive information about health care, insurance, legislative updates, and to observe milestones in members' lives. The retired teachers' organization sings Christmas carols for the resident of Owenton Manor, donates to food drives, gives memorial contributions to the Owen County Children's Fund, makes contributions for back to school items and to the state retired teachers' scholarship fund. New retirees are treated to a lunch each year. The association, along KRTA, sponsors a Grandparent Essay Contest in the first semester of the school year. Members of OCRTA volunteer many hours to schools, churches, youth organizations, and civic and community groups.


Owen County Senior Citizens Club

118 North Main Street, Owenton, KY 40359

     The Senior Citizens Club offers residents over the age of 60 a chance to get together for food and fellowship. The club meets the third Wednesday of each month from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., or later, according to what's going on. The business session consists of the pledge to the flag, songs and a short devotion. The group has a covered dish luncheon followed by fun and games.
     The Senior Citizens Center is open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Hot lunches are served at noon daily. Seniors can take part in activities such as Bible study, healthy drumming, nutrition, crafts, card games, internet acess, Nintendo Wii games and day trips once a month.


Owen Lodge #128

137 West Seminary Street
Stephen Matthew Wright - Master 502-514-6375
Stephen George Petzinger - Secretary 502-484-3755

     Owen Lodge #128, Free & Accepted Masons, was chartered in October 1843 by the Grand Lodge of Kentucky. The Freemasons are the oldest and largest remaining fraternal organiztion in the world. Owen Lodge supports the Masonic Homes of Kentucky in both the Louisville and Shelbyville branches. Lodge meets every second Monday of the month at 137 West Seminary Street. Meetings start at 6:30 p.m. and are preceded by a meal at 7:30 p.m. The entrance is under the Masonic sign on the courthouse square. To learn how to become a Mason, just ask a Mason.



Arda Barnett, Secretary 859-567-6251

     The Rebekahs dedicate their time to community service and fund-raising for various needs in the community. Members of the Rebekahs contribute to Johns Hopkins Hospital and the Arthritis Foundation. Each year, two or three delegates attend the state assembly in the fall.
     The Rebekahs meet at 5:30 pm. each Tuesday of the month at the Owen Lodge Hall.


Kleber Wildlife Management Area


     The John A. Kleber WMA is home to hillsides, narrow ridge tops and floodplains. Fishing is available in a small pond. All of the sitess are public hunting areas. In total, the Wildlife Management Areas cover 5,698 acres.


Owen County Friends of Animals

Hilari Gentry, 502-514-1897

     Owen County Friends of Animals exists to facilitate the adoptionof dogs that otherwise be euthanized. Adoptable dogs are listed on www.petfinder.com and the $85 adoption fee inclues the animal's first round of immunizations, a rabies shot and spaying/neutering. The Owen County Frineds of Animals is a 501 (C) 3 non-profit organization. Donations are tax-exempt.


Eagle Creek Rod & Gun Club

Billy Osborne, 502-484-2030

     Formed in 1993, the grous is nonprofit organization. The Eagle Creek Rod & Gun Club is involved in various community activities, including working with youth groups in the county and taking them on fishing trips, helping with Project Graduation, and being involved with Toys for Tots. Membership meetings are held at 2 p.m. the last Sunday of each month at the Duncan VFW Post No. 3119, Thomas Lake Road.


Daughters of the American Revolution

Peggy Trinkle, Regent, John Guill Chapter
P.O. Box 395, Owenton, Kentucky 40359

     The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution was founded on October 11, 1890 and incorporated by an Act of Congress in 1896. With a motto of God, Home and Country, its objects are historic preservation, patriotism and education. One of 3,000 NSDAR chapters, the John Guill Chapter, meets at the Owen County Public Library at 1:00 p.m. on the first Wednesday of the month, except January, February, July and August. Any woman 18 years or older, regardless of race, religion, or ethnic background, who can prove lineal descent from a patriot of the American Revolution is eligible for membership. Any woman interested in becoming a Daughter of the American Revolution is welcome to attend meetings and/or contact Peggy Trinkle. For more information about DAR go to www.dar.org


Owen County Public Library

1370 Hwy 22E Owenton, Kentucky 40359
502-484-3450 www.owencountylibrary.org

     Jennifer Nipper, director; librarians Susan Hampton, Becky Doolin, Joan Goderwis, Jennifer Chancery, Faith Mulberry, De Parker, Carolyn Strassell, and Lisa York; Julie Donahue, teen librarian.
     Children's programs include story hour for preschoolers and the summer reading program for children of all ages. A family movie is shown once a month.
     Adult programs include individualized computer instruction and group classes, as well as the opportunity to check out iPads for home use. Multiple book clubs that are offered throughout the year, as well as hands-on programs that encourage lifelong learning. The library is a partner with the Owen County Historical Society and offers opportunities to schedule on-on-one research and assistance on your family history. The library also partners with Owen County Adult Education and the Grant County Career Advancement Center to provide workforce development resources.
     Fax and copier services are available to the public, as well as computers with Internet access, a reference department, bestsellers, a children's collection, periodicals, DVDs, audiobooks and large print books The library is a Wi-Fi hot spot and offers access to 24/7 reference online, Inter-library loans are available from libraries across the United States.
     The Library Board of Trustees meets at 9:30 a.m. the third Friday of each month at the library. The library Board of Directors: Kathy Resetar, President; Rachele Cobb, vice president, Billie Jo Ashcraft, secretary; Sam Taylor, treasurer; Mimi Quiroz, member.
     Outreach/Extension Service Schedule: Several days each month. The library's outreach/extension service provides home delivery of library materials and other locations upon request. The outreach service also leaves reading materials at the New Liberty Post Office and Perry Park Post Office as well as the Sweet Owen Store. For more information about this service, contact Becky Doolin at the Owen County Public Library.


American Cancer Society

1504 College Way, Lexington, KY 40502
Kelsey Lewis, 859-260-8285
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Hours of Service 8:30 a.m.to 4:30 p.m. weekdays
Website: www.cancer.org OR www.relayforlife.org/owenky

     Services can be accessed through our toll free number 1-800-227-2345, open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, online at cancer.org or through a cancer resource center. The American Cancer Society is the nationwide, community-based, voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy and service.


Antique Tractor Club

2277 Highway 467 Worthville, KY 41098
Bobby Gibson, 502-732-5908

     The Antique Tractor Club specializes in displays and usage of antique farm machinery of the past, tractors, engines, equipment and family oriented fun. Meeting times: last Saturday of every month at 7 p.m. at the Carroll County Extension Office. Services: Annual antique tractor and engine show which is held the second full weekend in May at the Kentucky Motors Show Grounds in Carrollton, Kentucky.


Owen County Council for the Arts


     The Owen Council Arts Council facilitates low-cost opportunities for the community to explore the arts. The council has sponsored a scholarship in recent years for high school seniors. It is awarded to an Owen County High School student at the awards ceremony held in May.


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