Keysburg, KY

Not much in Keysburg, Kentucky other than a little store and this abandoned church at a crossroad. It’s located half-way between Adairsville and Guthrie, Kentucky. I discovered it a couple of years ago while taking a road that I had not travelled. Naturally, its deteriorating state caught my eye.  Peering inside one of the windows, I noticed that there was a desk stacked with various handbags.  As my friend Peri  wondered, “Looks like the church ladies threw their bags on the table and fled…”  I’m always fascinated with the remnants left in old buildings, what story they can tell… interiordoors

8 responses to “Keysburg, KY

  1. I grew up in the Keysburg Logan Co Ky area. It was a very busy little hamlet and very self sufficient. Mostly farmers but many craftsmen. My Prince family was one of the original settlers of the area.

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  2. Keysburg was once much larger. It was burned by the Federal Army during the Civil War. At that time it had a population of more than 500 people, making it the second largest town in Logan County. I grew up between Keysburg and Adams, Tennessee

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    • Wow, I had no idea. That is very interesting! I’m always fascinated by these places, by their remnants. I start imagining how they might have been. Are you still in the area? Another place not too faraway that I have some photos of is Allensville; hoping to post them this weekend.

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  3. In the area? Yes and no. My wife and I have bought land at Dot and are building a house there. Jesse James’ grandfather once had a mill on Red River a little about Dot. Dot is about 3.5 miles north of Keysburg. Jesse James was at an undisclosed location for over two years, while the U.S. government searched in vain for him. It is commonly believed by many that at least part of that time he was living with his grandfather. One of the school teachers at Adams, this was in the early 1900s,told of Frank James stopping at her parents house when she was just a little girl. He was treated well as most people considered the James Boys to be victims not criminals. Do you live in the area?

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    • I live in Franklin, KY. I had not heard about the school teacher’s story in Adams. Jesse and Frank’s uncle had a house near Adairville, Hite House, and they stayed around there since apparently there was a cave nearby. I’m not sure if the house is still standing since it was in bad shape when I saw it 3 or 4 years ago.

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  4. You probably know that there was a lot of Night Rider activity in that area as well. The house I grew up in, which was about a quarter/mile north of Adams on a farm that bordered Red River, was the home of George Montgomery. He was the leader of the Night Riders on the north side of the river, over how large an area, I do not know. There are several interesting stories about happenings in Adams during those days. It is believed the reason Keysburg was burned by the Union is because there was a recruiting station there for the Confederate Army. There is also a Confederate colonel buried about a mile south of Keysburg. Colonel Cyrus Sugg. He enlisted in Kentucky and served in a Kentucky regiment of the Confederate Army. You probably already know about Red River Meetinghouse, which is about 12 miles by road northeast of Keysburg. If you are not familiar with it, you could look it up online. In addition to looking up Red River Meetinghouse you might also look up The Great Revival of 1800, which began at Red River Meetinghouse.

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