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Hartford (Kentucky)

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Hartford (Kentucky)

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Hartford, along with Beaver Dam and Rosine, are towns in Kentucky's Western Coal Fields. Hartford is the Ohio County seat with a population of about 2000 (plus a few soreheads as signs into the community proclaim). Beaver Dam is the largest town with about 3000. Rosine is widely known as the birthplace of Bill Monroe, the Father of Bluegrass Music.

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By car[edit]

Two of Kentucky's parkways enter Ohio County, connecting Hartford with the rest of the state. The Western Kentucky Parkway is the east-west highway that links Paducah and I-24 with Elizabethtown, along with I-65 North and the Bluegrass Parkway (leading to Lexington).

The Natcher Parkway (formally Green River Pkwy) is the north-south route that connects Bowling Green and I-65 South with Owensboro and the Audubon Pkwy and Henderson. The two parkways intersect southeast of Beaver Dam.

By air[edit]

Small aircraft can fly into Hartford by using Fortener Aircraft Sevices of Ohio County [1] at 2260 Country Club Ln. Call (270) 298-3500. Small aircraft service is available in Owensboro, 30 minutes north. The nearest major airports are in Nashville, about two hours south, and Louisville, 1 1/2 hours to the northeast. Limited air service is also available in Evansville, one hour to the northwest.

Get around[edit]

US 62 parallels the Western Kentucky Pkwy through Ohio County (as well as the rest of Kentucky) from east to west. It connects the Hartford-Beaver Dam area with the town of Rosine and further east to Horse Branch and beyond to Grayson County. To the west, US 62 passes McHenry and Rockport before crossing the Green River into Muhlenberg County.

US 231 parallels the Natcher Pkwy in Ohio County (and the entire length of the parkway) from north to south. From the south, it enters from Butler County and passes Cromwell before entering Beaver Dam (where it provides access to the Western Kentucky Pkwy at Exit 75). US 231 connects Beaver Dam with Hartford as a four-lane throughfare with shops and restaurants, along with Ohio County High School. To the north US 231 passes near Beda and Pleasant Ridge before entering Daviess County.

KY 69 Links Hartford with the northeastern community of Fordsville before heading toward the Ohio River at Hawesville. From Fordsville KY 54 West connects with Whitesville and Owensboro, while KY 54 East connects with Leitchfield. There is an interchange at the Natcher Pkwy with KY 69, providing Hartford with easy access to Owensboro and Bowling Green. KY 69 continues west to Centertown.

KY 505 links Rosine with US 231 near Cromwell to the south and KY 878 in Olaton to the north. There is no interchange with the Western Kentucky Pkwy south of Rosine.

See[edit][add listing]



  • Rosine Barn Jamboree, 8205 Blue Moon of Kentucky Hwy (US 62). Bluegrass music and dancing every Friday night.

Horse Shows[edit]

  • Horse Shows-Ohio County Park, 4th Saturday of every month.


  • Tri-City Drive In Theatre, US 231 South, Beaver Dam, (270) 274-3168. Open mid-March - October.


  • Bluegrass Motorcycle Museum, 5608 US 231 North, (270) 298-7765. Vintage American motorcycles from 1906 to present on display. Please make an appointment.
  • Fordsville Depot & Museum, 69 Ridgewood, Fordsville, (270) 276-5656. Rich with railroad history and reminiscent of early L&N train stations.
  • Ohio County Museum, 415 Mulberry St., (270) 298-3444. Open May through October, Wednesday through Friday 1PM - 4PM. Includes a historic log cabin, one-room school house, historic home and genealogy library.
  • Ohio County Veterans’ Museum, 415 Mulberry St., (270) 298-3444. Open Saturday 9am - 4pm. Uniforms and memorabilia from all branches of service.
  • Jerusalem Ridge, Rosine, [2].. Jerusalem Ridge refers to the area just a few miles outside of Rosine and is best known as the birthplace and childhood home where the Monroe Family settled and lived in the early 1900's. The Jerusalem Ridge/Monroe farm was almost 1000 acres in size and provided the Monroes with fertile farmland, logging and coal resources with sustained their humble existence. Young Bill was an especially hard and dedicated worker, a trait that he was always proud of and formed his dedicated work ethic and strong personality throughout his life. The Great Depression of the 1920's brought economic devestation and hardship to the region and the Monroe Brothers were forced to migrate north to seek work in the factories and refineries to help support the family back in Kentucky. Despite their best efforts, the family, facing increasing pressure to simply survive, were forced to leave their beloved family home on Jerusalem Ridge and the farm was foreclosed on and sold at public auction, a event that Bill and his brothers bitterly regretted for the remainder of their lives. A local businessman currently owns the property and it's future as a historical landmark remains in question.

Do[edit][add listing]



  • Beaver Dam Strawberry Festival Memorial Day Weekend. (270) 274-7106.
  • Rosine Spring Festival 2nd weekend in June. (270) 274-9062.


  • Rockport Days (270) 274-4219.
  • Centertown American Legion Walking Horse Show Last weekend in June.
  • Sparks in the Park 4th of July. (270) 298-3551.
  • Dundee Community Days 2nd Saturday in August. (270) 276-3945.
  • Country Music Jamboree-Ohio County Park Labor Day Weekend.
  • Centertown Days Early September. (270) 232-5062.


  • Rosine Fall Festival 2nd weekend in September. (270) 274-9062.
  • Fordsville Days 3rd weekend in September. (270) 276-5656.
  • Jerusalem Ridge Festival [3] or [4] Last weekend in September/first weekend in October. For information call (270) 274-9181.
  • Habitat Fall Festival - Hartford 4th weekend in September.


  • Christmas Celebration - Beaver Dam First Friday in December. (270) 274-3212.
  • Christmas Parades First Saturday in December. (270) 274-3212.


  • Ohio County Country Club 1151 Golf Club Ln. (270) 298-7210. 9 hole golf course.



  • Ellis Park, Corner of Walker and Griffin. Playground and picnic area. Not to be confused with the thoroughbred track in Henderson.
  • Ohio County Park, 2300 KY 69 North, Hartford, (270) 298-4466, [5]. Campground ( 75 sites ), showers, restrooms, dump station, sewers and electricity. Horse Show Arena (indoor). 3000 seat Amphitheatre. Two large multipurpose buildings, picnic area with shelter, restrooms, grills, etc. Golf driving range and putting green. Two basketball courts and volleyball courts (paved and lit). Muzzleloader range, archery range and paintball range. Kennels for 75 dogs. Nature trails (paved and natural) and bike trail (3.1 miles paved).

Beaver Dam[edit]

  • Oldham Park Tennis courts, ball fields, children's play area and picnic shelter.

Water Access[edit]

  • Access to Green River, KY 269 (Prentiss) Boat ramp at Highview. Scenic overlook at Highview. Natural trails.
  • Access to Rough River, KY 69 West off US 231. Boat ramp and picnic area.
  • Washburn Lake, KY 69, 5 miles NE of Hartford. 26 acres, fishing, launch area, boat rentals.

Buy[edit][add listing]

  • Ann’s Flower Shop, 222 E. Union St., (270) 298-3723.
  • Antique Auction Barn, 200 East Third St., Beaver Dam, (270) 274-7005 or (270)274-0487, [6]. Monthly antique auctions. Open also by appointment.
  • Barnes Yesterday Antiques & Uniques, 117 N. Main St., Beaver Dam, (270) 274-2140. Antiques and collectibles.
  • Downtown Antique Mall, 103 N. Main St., Beaver Dam, (270) 274-4774. Pottery, glassware, cast iron, books, records, and collectibles.
  • Petal Pusher Florist & Gifts, 724 S. Main St., (270) 298-3079.
  • Rosine General Store, 8205 US Highway 62 E., Rosine, (270) 274-9627. Built in the late 1920’s, the Rosine General Store is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Eat[edit][add listing]


  • Antonio's Pizza, 221 N Main St., (270) 298-4333.
  • El Bracero, 931 S. Main St., (270) 298-0031.
  • Ivy’s Fine Dining, 214 Main St., (270) 298-3838.
  • French Quarter Restaurant, 201 S. Main St., (270) 298-3999.
  • Mama's Kountry Kettle, 931 S. Main St., (270) 298-9400.

Beaver Dam[edit]

  • Beaver Dam Café, 107 N. Main St., (270) 274-9435.
  • Bluegrass Café, 124 Young St., (270) 274-7773.
  • Lil’ Stevies Pizza, 1858 N. Main St., (270) 274-0999.
  • Long John Silver’s, 1210 N. Main St., (270) 274-9740, [7].
  • Los Amigos, 1818 N. Main St. (270) 274-2250.
  • Los Mexicanos, 1210 N. Main St., (270) 274-2222.
  • McDonald's Restaurant 1860 N. Main St. (270) 274-4070.
  • Pit Stop BBQ, 550 S. Main St., (270) 274-7932.
  • The Pizza Place, 113 W. Third St., (270) 274-5110.

Other Ohio County Restaurants[edit]

  • Fordsville Diner, 36 E. Main St., Fordsville, (270) 276-5050.
  • Holland’s Drive-In, 6568 US 231 South, Cromwell, (270) 274-0017
  • Martino’s Pizzeria, Corner of KY 69 and 54, Fordsville, (270) 276-9631.

Drink[edit][add listing]

Ohio County is a dry community. The nearest wet community is Owensboro.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

Hotels & Motels[edit]

  • Budget Inn , 1080 North Main St., Beaver Dam, (270) 274-7121. 24 rooms, all remodeled.
  • Days Inn, 1750 US 231 (at Western Kentucky Pkwy), Beaver Dam, (270) 274-0851, [8]. Award winning hotel with 58 rooms. Jacuzzi suites available, continental breakfast, outdoor pool. Meeting rooms available.
  • Veller Motel, 130 Veller Dr., Beaver Dam, (270) 274-3431. Six rooms.

Bed & Breakfasts[edit]

  • Corniere Lodging Bed & Breakfast, 402 South Main St., Beaver Dam, (270) 274-3447. Built in 1912, the Corniere Lodge has 2 suites and 1 apartment with beautiful antique décor, and outdoor seating area.
  • Historic Hillside Bed & Breakfast, 403 E. Union St., Hartford, (270) 298-4233, [9]. Two rooms and one apartment in a lovely home on the National Register of Historic Places.
  • Ranney’s Porch Bed & Breakfast, 3810 US 231 North, Hartford, (270) 298-7976. One or two rooms in a peaceful country setting.


  • Ohio County Park, 2300 KY 69 North, (270) 298-4466.

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