Kentucky Historical Society
New Marker Provides History of Monroe County Town

Press Release Date:  Monday, March 09, 2015  
Contact Information:  CONTACT: Becky Riddle
502-564-1792, ext. 4474

FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 9, 2015) – The Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) will dedicate a new historical marker celebrating the Monroe County town of Gamaliel on March 27.

The ceremony will take place at 1 p.m. CDT at the elementary school, 320 W. Main St. in Gamaliel. The marker unveiling will take place at Gamaliel Cemetery, 540 W. Main St., after the ceremony.

The marker focuses on the town’s 19th century development. By 1790, pioneers had settled in the area, a few miles from the Tennessee state line. Around 1835, town leaders named the small, developing community after a New Testament teacher. In 1836, Gamaliel residents John Hayes and James Crawford gave the town 10 acres of land, and in 1840, the town built a log structure there that served as the first school and church. Gamaliel also was incorporated that year. Gamaliel Cemetery had its first burial in 1844. A post office opened in 1870, and the Gamaliel Bank opened in 1903.

Friends of Gamaliel Cemetery 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