Bluegrass & Culture

The high lonesome sound from the bright, twangy tones on a banjo and lively vocals can be heard throughout Ohio County, KY on any given evening. To say that Ohio County is steeped in culture and history would be an understatement. Ohio County is not only the Capital of Bluegrass, making way for musicians new and old, but it also shines with rich history that’s waiting to be discovered within its museums and buildings.

Whether you spend time familiarizing yourself with Bill Monroe and his role in the history of Bluegrass Music, or visiting one of the many historic sites in Ohio County, KY, you are sure to leave with a richer appreciation for the area. Ohio County Museum has mini experiences within, including a one-room schoolhouse and country store. Live music is a hidden gem in many of the local eateries. Ohio County supports its local musicians by providing opportunities to share their passion with the community. 

The premier outdoor concert venue, Beaver Dam Amphitheater, attracts large crowds with both local and top-selling talent. Filling the amphitheater with artists including Tanya Tucker, Shooter Jennings, Casting Crowns, and Sheryl Crow, crowds have access to memorable performances, exceptional concessions and unique types of seating. Guests can bring their own chairs, blankets, or for those with VIP tickets, seating is provided.

The Rosine Barn Jamboree

E 42370, 8225 US-62
Horse Branch, KY 42349
(270) 363-9425

http://www.visitohiocountyky.com/attractions/historic-sites/jamboree/

Bring your favorite lawn chair to enjoy an attraction on the National Register of Historic Places. The Rosine Barn attracts Bluegrass music enthusiasts for dancing every Friday night from March to the second weekend in December.

The Bill Monroe Museum

55 Amelia St.
Rosine, KY 42370
(270) 298-0036

http://www.billmonroemuseum.com/

Bill Monroe Museum honors the legacy of Bill Monroe, known throughout the world as the “Father of Bluegrass Music.” and his life and career.

Historic Sites in Ohio County, KY

Bill Monroe Homeplace

6210 U.S. Highway 62 E.
Beaver Dam, KY 42320
(270) 363-9501

http://www.ohiocounty.com/billmonroe

A must-see in Ohio County and called “the homeplace of bluegrass music,” the Monroe Homeplace was the childhood home of Bill Monroe, country music legend known throughout the world as the “Father of Bluegrass Music.” 

Jack Thomas House

300-398 E Main St.
Leitchfield, KY 42754
(270) 230-8989

http://www.ochistoricalsociety.org/?page_id=69

The Jack Thomas House was built in 1810, and has been known as the oldest brick house in Leitchfield. Currently, it is home to the Ohio County Historical Society.

Ohio County Museum

415 Mulberry Street
(270) 298-3749

Open May–October, Thurs–Fri, 1pm – 4pm

Includes a historic log cabin, one-room schoolhouse, historic home, Elfie Autry’s Little Country Store and more.

Parks Log Cabin

http://www.ochistoricalsociety.org/?page_id=69

The Parks Log Cabin was constructed in 1838 by David Park and is open to the public.

Goshen School

http://www.ochistoricalsociety.org/?page_id=69

From the Goshen area, this one room school was disassembled and reassembled in 1996. Come ring the bell and get a firsthand look at what education was like in the 1800s.

L&N Caboose

http://www.ochistoricalsociety.org/?page_id=69

Donated in 1995, a conductor and brakeman used to ride in these special cars. Experience what riding the rails would have been like.

Elfie Autry’s Country Store

http://www.ochistoricalsociety.org/?page_id=69

Check out the products that would have been sold in this boxy one room store located on Clay Street in Hartford.

Fordsville L&N Depot Museum

32 Ridge Road,
Fordsville, KY
(270) 929-5792

http://www.fordsvilledepot.com/

The Fordsville L&N Depot Museum is filled with treasures from the Louisville, Nashville, and Illinois Central Railways.

Motorcycle Museum

5608 US-231 
Hartford, KY 42347
(270) 298-7764

http://www.visitohiocountyky.com/attractions/museums/motorcycle-museum/

The museum displays five different motorcycles, each over 100 years old.

Beaver Dam Amphitheater

217 South Main Street
Beaver Dam, KY 42320

https://beaverdamtourism.com/home

The convenient location of Beaver Dam attracts talent from a larger regional area. The dual-tier design of the Beaver Dam Amphitheater seating accommodates concerts up to 1,200 with lawn chairs for most community events, with the ability to expand to 5,000 with the bowled grass second tier berm. Concerts performed here have included Lonestar, Joe Diffie, Tanya Tucker, Shooter Jennings, among many others.

3rd Annual '80s ROCK THE DAM FEST

217 South Main Street
Beaver Dam, KY 42320

https://beaverdamtourism.com/concerts-events

The 3rd Annual ‘80s Rock The Dam Fest will kick off on July 25, 2020 with ‘80s Rockers RATT, Lita Ford, and BulletBoys. Opportunities include meet and greets and photo opportunities with band members.

Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum

311 W 2nd St.
Owensboro, KY 42301
(270) 926-7891

https://www.bluegrasshall.org/

Experience Bluegrass Music through interactive exhibits, posters, costumes, live instrument demonstrations, and the International Bluegrass Music Association's Hall of Fame.

Legends Sports Bar & Grill

4431 Springhill Dr suite E.
Owensboro, KY 42303
(270) 240-5360

https://www.legends54.com/

Spend a memorable evening at Legends Sports Bar & Grill with a full menu, beers locally brewed, and live music and entertainment.

The Crowded House

26 W Center S
Madisonville, KY 42431
(270) 825-1178

http://thecrowdedhouse.co/

Located in the heart of the historic downtown district, the vision behind The Crowded House was to connect with the community in a new, more personal way. 

The Miller House

301 E 5th St
Owensboro, KY 42303
(270) 685-5878

http://www.themillerhouserestaurant.com/history.html

The Miller House Restaurant and Catering was built by prominent businessman, Elmer Miller. He put immense labor and love into building the house. From the beveled glass windows, mantels with tile hearths, and combination of electric and gas light fixtures, the house was considered one of the prettiest homes in town. 

The Pendleton House

403 E. Union St.
Hartford, Kentucky 42347

The Pendleton House was built by Dr. John E. Pendleton, a prominent Hartford doctor, during 1861-66. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973. For years the house has been the most impressive feature of Hartford's residential landscape.

Annual Street Legends Car Show

Diamond Lake Resort
7301 Hobbs Rd
Owensboro, KY 42301
(270) 929-8416

https://visitowensboro.com/event/12th-annual-street-legends-car-show/

Known as one of the premiere automotive events in the Tri-State area, Legends Car Show displays as many as 600 cars.