Historical Rowan Tour

This tour is the perfect introduction to our historic community for first timers to Morehead and Rowan County and for the frequent visitor who wishes to learn something new.

Historical Rowan Tour

Morehead, Kentucky 40351, United States

Created By: Morehead KY Tourism

Tour Information

Be sure to stop by the Morehead Visitor Center, located at 150 East First Street, inside the former train depot, for a walking tour guide and to possibly catch a tour in action.

Our tour features information on some of the most renowned sites in our community best known in years past as 'where it all began' as the Rowan Feud sparked in the streets of Morehead.

Hear stories about the highs and lows, successes and sadness. Walk in the footsteps of our history while stopping along the way to refuel at a local eatery or shop in a local business.

We plan to add more locations to this wonderful tour but for now, ten stops will give you a glimpse and make you want to return for the rest of our historical story.


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What You'll See on the Tour

We’ve told you stories of turbulence in our community. Now we’ll tell you a story of bravery in the face of tragedy. It was Independence Day, 1939. A sudden, violent rainstorm in the Haldeman area caused water levels to rise so quickly,... Read more
They called him the Utility Man.  It’s maybe too simple a description for the man who brought this eastern Kentucky community into the 20th century. Edward Maggard was beloved for bringing Morehead residents the luxuries of modern life ... Read more
Adult literacy education was born here. Its founder, Rowan County native Cora Wilson Stewart, began teaching elementary school in 1895 at age 20, progressing to become the first woman elected superintendent of Rowan County Schools, the firs... Read more
It was August 4, 1884. It started here on the courthouse lawn. The Civil War had ended 19 years prior, but political emotions still ran high. Tempers flared and whiskey flowed freely on this hot summer day, when a closely contested election... Read more
A courthouse is the flagship of every county. It is where justice is served, votes are cast, and, in our case, is the setting for much of our storied past. Rowan County, formed in 1856, was the 104th county to be established in Kentucky, an... Read more
Frank Button and his mother, Phebe Button, came to Morehead in 1887 with one goal — to help educate the people who survived the terrible feud here between the Martin and Tolliver families. The Rowan County War divided the community so dee... Read more
You’re now standing at the resting place of many of Morehead’s early settlers. Old Town Cemetery was established in the late 1800s by Isabelle Abbey Oxley. Buried here, Oxley was the original owner of this site and one of Morehead’s f... Read more
The Caskey Hotel, owned by AC Caskey, sat prominently on Main Street in downtown Morehead.  The 32-room hotel was built in the 1920s and was known as one of Morehead's most popular hotels.  As history tells, a local musician, Jim Wilson, ... Read more
Before railroads, a trip to a nearby farm was an all-day affair. People loaded wagons pulled by horses or mules. Product orders from area stores took weeks to arrive, and markets for timber and other commodities were nonexistent. Without th... Read more


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