Kentucky Historical Society
New Historical Marker Commemorates Early Knox County Church

Press Release Date:  Monday, May 11, 2015  
Contact Information:  CONTACT: Becky Riddle
502-564-1792, ext. 4474

FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 11, 2015) – The Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) will dedicate a new historical marker May 30 in Knox County to commemorate the history of the Trace Branch United Methodist Church (U.M.C.).

The ceremony will take place at 2 p.m. EDT at 47 Trace Branch Road in Heidrick.

Trace Branch U.M.C. is said to have been founded by Bishop Francis Asbury, known as the “Father of American Methodism.” The congregation dates to as early as 1801. The current church building dates to 1895. It is located on Little Richland Creek near the Boone Trace and has had Kentucky Historic Landmark designation since 1994.

Trace Branch U.M.C. sponsored the marker.

More than 2,200 historical markers statewide tell Kentucky’s history. More information about the marker application process, a database of markers and their text and the Explore Kentucky History app, a virtual tour of markers by theme, is at KHS administers the Kentucky Historical Marker Program in cooperation with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.


The Kentucky Historical Society, an agency of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, was established in 1836 and is committed to helping people understand, cherish and share Kentucky’s history. KHS is fully accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. For more information about KHS and its programs, visit