Kentucky Archaeological Survey

Historic Farms of the Commonwealth


The historic landscapes of rural Kentucky, complete with houses, barns and other structures, tell the story of countless families and their cultivation of the land. Though farming has traditionally been the backbone of Kentucky’s economy, the story of our farming heritage is being lost quickly through subdivision and development, the tobacco buyout, and the flight of younger generations from rural Kentucky.
In an effort to document the historic farms of Kentucky, the University of Kentucky and the Kentucky Archaeological Survey have undertaken a survey of historic farms across the Commonwealth. This site seeks to present the the immense breadth of Kentucky’s farming history and recognize how our agricultural legacy has shaped the Commonwealth. 

This material is based upon work assisted by a grant from the Department of the Interior,National Park Service. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of the Interior.This program receives Federal financial assistance for identification and protection of historic properties. Under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, the U.S. Department of the Interior prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, or disability in its federally assisted programs. If you believe you have been discriminated against in any program, activity, or facility as described above, or if you desire further information, please write to: 

Office for Equal Opportunity
National Park Service
1201 I Street, N.W.
5th Floor, ORG Code 2652
Washington, D.C., 20005

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