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Flag and Bailey's Mill

Located on U. S. 421 just north of
Frankfort, around a bend where the
road levels out a bit, once stood the
little community of Flag Fork.  Today,
only a road marker stating "Flag
Fork" and the of frame building
that was once the general store
and post office remain.

Bailey's Mill is located just up the
road a piece from Flag Fork.  I was
named for Americus A. Bailey, Jr.,
who once ran the mill and general
store there.  James A. Violette,
lawyer and postmaster at Bailey's
Mill was once involved in the sale
of hardware, groceries and dry
goods.  Americus and his family still
remain at their beloved Bailey's
Mill.  Located at the intersection
of Harp Pike and U. S. 421 is the

Flat Creek and Polsgrove Landing

Some early settlers came to Bald
Knob by way of the river. Around
1800, James Brewer, Thomas
Brewer, William Harrod and
William Lewis came down the
river from Harrodsburg to claim
land along the banks of the
Kentucky River.  They brought
their families and began to build
log homes.  The fertile fields of the
river bottom lands were plowed
and planted with corn and
tobacco.  This raw, untouched
land began to sustain a good
living for the early pioneers.  The
river, which had brought them to
this land was now their road to
transport their goods to market.
Jacob Palzgraff and his wife,
Nancy came down the river and
settled the area known as
Polsgrove Landing.  In years to
come Polsgrove became a busy
river port.  A post office was
established, churches, stores and
lodge halls were built and a

Charles B. LeCompte, was a
proprietor of a local dry goods and
general store. A tobacco warehouse
on the river at Flat Creek was
operated by M. I. Baker and James
Sanford, a building contractor.

Stoney Creek

Once an area known to Indians,
Stoney Creek, the largest creek in
the area drops from its headwaters
to the Kentucky River at a drop of
160 feet. The creek was a source
of pleasure and necessity.  The
in the bottom land of the Kentucky
River near the mouth of Stoney Creek.

The PENN GRAVEYARD is located on
the left branch of the creek near the

Also at the end of Stoney Creek Road
is the Lewis Graveyard.


  Bald Knob

The once small communities of Flag Fork, Flat Creek, Harp, Harvieland, Honeysuckle, Lebanon,
Mt. Zion, O'Nans Bend, Polsgrove Landing, St. John, Stoney Creek and Union Store comprise
today, the section of the county we know as Bald Knob.  Bordered by the counties of Henry
and Scott on the west and the Kentucky River on the east, this rural area of Franklin County
holds many of the characteristics known to eastern Kentucky.  The land is poor, consisting
mainly of hills, only good for grazing.  Through the years, erosion from the hills made fertile
bottom land which was good for growing corn and tobacco.  Life was hard and left little time
for social events.  Socializing was done in the form of work; a barn raising, hog killing, hay
cutting or tobacco housing.  The woman and young girls would bring and prepare food;
perhaps quilt while the men completed the task at hand.

The early inhabitants of Bald Knob migrated from Virginia, Maryland, the Carolinas and
Pennsylvania.  They were a strong people, independent and self-reliant; many of whom
were of Germans, Irish and English ancestry.  Their faith in religion, belief in hard work
and family values sustained them in day to day life.  Although still a rural area, in the
past few years Bald Knob has experienced renewed population growth.  Good  roads,
city water and available land is making the Bald Knob area a very attractive place to
                              live.   Many young families from the city are now making their homes in the area.                                       



Honeysuckle included the area of Harvieland to Dry Ridge to Flat Creek.  In 1893 a post
office was located at a country store at Honeysuckle, not far from the home of Dr. Robert
B. Guinn.  A native of Carrollton, he had first settled at Flat Creek.  Dr. Guinn practiced
medicine in Franklin County from 1920 - 1934.

Dr. Robert B. Guinn

Nancy Jane Goins Chism, daughter of Lewis and Lucretia Rice Goins, married second
John Gladden Moore, on of the best known farmers of Honeysuckle.  He was an
expert in the cultivation of burley tobacco and a fine hunter.  John was born in
Franklin County November 24, 1835.  He died on September 19, 1909.  He and
his wife Nancy Jane are buried in the GOWENS BURYING GROUND, located on
St. John Road in Franklin County, Kentucky

Nancy Jane Goins Chism Moore

The History of Franklin County, Kentucky,by L. F. Johnson

Frankfort Celebration 1786-1986, by Frankfort's 200 Birthday Committee
Capital on the Kentucky, by Kramer
Church and Family Graveyards of Franklin County, by KY Genealogical Society                                                 




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