Three Forks Historical Center

Three Forks Historical Center, Beattyville: Address, Phone Number, Three Forks Historical Center Reviews: 4.5/5

Three Forks Historical Center

Three Forks Historical Center
4.5
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Brent D
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Located in the hills of Eastern Kentucky, where the Kentucky River is born, lies the little town of Beattyville, Kentucky. Beattyville has a small town feel, but there is much more to see and discover about this quaint community! The Three Forks Historical Center is a museum that tells about the history of Beattyville and Lee County. There are many exhibits and artifacts that tell about the people and life of this wonderful community!
Written February 12, 2020
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Cheyanna J
Berea, Kentucky83 contributions
Friends
The Lee County Historical Museum was a fantastic stop during our visit to Lee County. We were given a tour by the town historian: Bob Smith, who was very informative and passionate about the history of the community. There are several rooms within the museum, complete with numerous displays. Many of the displays portray the household life of old Kentucky. My personal favorite was the kitchen and laundry room display that showed the typical kitchen setting of a home in the hills. In addition, the museum had an upstairs display that held much more local history and a room set aside specifically for the veterans of the community. This room included photos, letters, uniforms, medals, helmets, etc. from those who had been in the military; dating back to the Civil War! Some of the cool artifacts in the museum include an arrowhead collection, the last letters of a Vietnam soldier, photos from the Dachau Concentration Camp, pictures and memorabilia from the visits of President Reagan, Carter, and Clinton to Beattyville, and a variety of guns dating back decades. This was a really cool tour and definitely worth a stop if you are in the Lee County/Beattyville area. The museum is open on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays and is completely free and completely awesome!
Written July 1, 2013
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Lina L
Regensburg, Germany69 contributions
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A neat little museum tucked away in the Beattyville, near the office of newly appointed Lee County tourism director. Recently added Veteran Hall is probably the most impressive section of the museum. There is a nice combination of graphics, like wartime posters and pictures and tangible objects, like sabres, badges and even uniforms. Each uniform has a name and a little dossier – it really brings home the reality of war. There are also many other interesting and more cheerful items in the museum to tell you about the history of Lee County: the old signs, models of the farm, statues… Great place to visit to get a visual impression of the history of the region.
Written May 29, 2012
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Gabriella B
Berea, KY117 contributions
Friends
First walking in, I was skeptical. The museum itself looked like a trailer full of antique items that had previously been sitting in an attic. However, it was the man who worked there, Bob, that really breathed life into the items that stood there. There were items more precious and elderly than the items I had seen in larger and more grandiose museums. Articles from the French and Indian War, and pictures from WWII that I had never before seen. Everything is so miraculously preserved that you truly felt as if you've stepped back in time. Not a sight you will forget.
Written June 28, 2015
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Ishwar A
Berea, KY70 contributions
Business
This place is right on the Highway and easy to locate. The Museum a huge display of wide variety of things portraying the history of Lee County. The museum has a display of a kitchen showing lifestyle of people in Kentucky in 50's. There are different sawing tools showing the rich history of timber industry in Lee County. There is an entire section devoted to wartime posters and pictures and tangible objects, like sabers, badges, helmets and even uniforms from Civil war, Vietnam war. The museum has also the one of a kind US flag from the Pearl Harbor ships. It is a great place to visit to understand the history of this region.
Written June 27, 2015
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Hackbert
Berea, KY101 contributions
Friends
16 Berea College students and faculty visited the Three Forks Historical Center for a talk with Billie Haddix, Joe Broadwell, Lee County Deputy Judge and Dedra Brandenburg, the new Lee County Tourism Director on May 22, 2012. We are exploring the wide range of traveler and tourism destinations and attractions in small towns in Eastern Kentucky.

The ancient Native American cultures are well presented along with the pioneering history of logging, railroad heritage, county’s agriculture and oil boom days. There is evidence of the local prison craftsmanship in the museum’s interior feature. Well worth a stop and conversation with the local folks.
Written May 30, 2012
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Tangelobright1
16 contributions
Business
I wish I could have stayed longer just so I could have explored a bit more. The items on display are fascinating. Only wish that the collections were displayed differently. Even if they could rotate some so that you didn't feel like you may have missed something. But got to have a new experience the next time you stopped by.
Written April 19, 2018
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mommajude74
Beattyville, KY31 contributions
Friends
I was surprised to find such an impressive collection of historical memorabilia in the small space. Very interesting stories connected to the various items.
Written April 12, 2016
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Khawla N
62 contributions
Friends
Mrs. Brandenburg can tell you all about Beattyville!

This asset of serves as a treasure conserving the history of Lee county and Beatyville.
Every item has a story, and every story has a historical value that helps you picture the lifestyle and traditions of the ancestors.
Written July 1, 2015
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Andrea D
Tennessee32 contributions
Friends
Deidre Brandenburg is a great tourism director. She showed us the wonderful assets that are cherished in Lee County. I had an amazing time browsing the museum in Beattyville. Lee County played a very important role in America's history and the shaping of the Appalachian region. This is reflected through the various relished and donated artifacts.
I recommend stopping by and learning some interesting history.
Written June 30, 2015
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