The Oldham County History Center is owned and operated by the Oldham County Historical Society. The Center is located on the block west of the Courthouse Square in LaGrange Kentucky. There are three buildings on the History Center property: J.C. Barnett Archives and Library, the Peyton Samuel Head Family Museum and the Robb Morris Chapel. The archives and museum buildings were erected in 1840. The church was built in 1880. The Archives building was owned by James and Amanda Mount during the Civil War. During this time "Aunt Amanda" received letters from her nephew, Amos Mount, who wrote about his experiences as a Union soldier during the Civil War. There letters are part of the Oldham County Historical Society Collections.
The Peyton Samuel Head Family Museum is in the restored Victorian home that was belonged to the Peyton Samuel Head family. Mr. Head was a banker and landowner during the early 20 th century in Oldham County . His daughter, Louise Head Duncan, inherited his estate and she donated her home for the current museum. Part of Mrs. Duncan's estate was put into a trust for community grants.
The Rob Morris Church was a Presbyterian Church. The land for the church was donated by Amanda Mount. Her son, John Mount, married one of Rob Morris's daughters, Ruth Electra. Rob Morris was the poet laureate for Freemasonry in the 19 th Century. Only one other has been given that title and it was the Scottish poet, Robert Burns, in the 18 th Century. Morris has been credited as the founder of the Eastern Star. He resided in LaGrange with his family and at one time taught at Funk Seminary in LaGrange, which was a school and college that originally was founded by the Masons.
Hours of Operation:
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m. until 8 p.m.
CLOSED Sunday and Monday
The Archives ARE NOT OPEN on weekends
Directions to the Oldham County History Center:
Take Interstate 71, between Louisville and Cincinnati . Take exit 22 north, the LaGrange exit (this exist is approx. 23 miles from Louisville and 76 miles from Cincinnati ). Turn north, toward the historic district of downtown LaGrange. Go approx. 1 mile to 4 way stop- Main Street and Railroad Tracks. Take a left at the courthouse square, turn right on Second Ave. and the Oldham County History Center is on your left. There is a large parking lot that will accommodate buses by the history center.
Historic Downtown LaGrange is a 2 block, restored historic district. There are many shops and restaurants that can accommodate groups.
Scheduling your Field Trip
Please click here for the registration form and more information on scheduling your program.
Please indicate if you want our outreach program "In Pursuit of Equality" to come to your school or if you are planning a field trip to the Oldham County History Center. We offer a variety of hands-on special activities at the museum and we will be glad to discuss what core content that you wish to pursue on your visit.
Oldham County History Center
106 N. Second Ave.
LaGrange , KY 40031
Phone: 502-222-0826, Fax: 502-222-7115