Kentucky Historical Society
New Historical Marker Commemorates Historic Bardstown Church

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, November 03, 2015  
Contact Information:  Becky Riddle
502-564-1792, ext. 4474

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Nov. 3, 2015) – The Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) will dedicate a new historical marker that commemorates Union Church in Bardstown, Nov. 15 at 1 p.m. The unveiling will take place at 315 N. Second St.

Union Church gets its name from its early use as a place where several Christian denominations worshipped. The 1804 will of Samuel P. Jones directed that his possessions be sold and the money be used to build a church for all Christian denominations. Union Church, the first brick church to be built in the original city limits of Bardstown, was completed around 1812.

Over the years, Presbyterian, Methodist and Baptist congregations met at this location until they could build their own churches. Bardstown’s African-American Baptist congregation started to use the building in 1866, took responsibility for its upkeep and changed its name to the First Baptist Church.

More than 2,400 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