About Us

Mission Statement:

The mission of the Wayne County Historical Society is to preserve the heritage of Wayne County and to assure that this legacy is passed on to future generations.
We support this mission through:

  1. Public education programs and the publishing of historical documents,
  2. Maintaining a genealogy and local history library and museum,
  3. Accumulating written material and artifacts relative to the history of Wayne County,
  4. Promoting the preservation of historic buildings and sites,
  5. Involvement with our community organizations and individuals in order to support
  6. And communicate the importance of the preservation of our historic resources in Wayne County, Kentucky.

Beginning History

The Wayne County Historical Society was organized when eleven people met January 31, 1977 at the Wayne County Public Library.While a list of those attending has not been located, an article in the Wayne County Outlook reported that Martha Phillips, Matilda Rankin, Elizabeth Duncan, and Bennie Coffey were elected as offers: Bess Stokes, Grace Brown, Virginia Rankin, and Lisle Roberts were identified as members of a steering committee. On May 7, 1977, Martha W. Phillips, Matilda Rankin, Elizabeth F. Duncan, Bess A Stokes, Bennie Coffey, Sr., Proctor Rankin, and Grace B. Brown executed the “Articles Of Incorporation of Wayne County Historical Society, Inc.” Those articles were recorded on June 16, 1978.

From its initial location in the Wayne County Court House, the Wayne County Historical Society library moved to the basement of the Public Library. When the Society acquired the historic Hotel Breeding for the location of a museum the library was housed in the space formerly occupied by the old hotel coffee shop.

Wayne County Historical Society
P. O. Box 320
Monticello, KY 42633
Located at 65 N. Main Street
William Crenshaw Kennedy, Jr.
Memorial Museum
Web site:


10:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M. Wednesday –¬†Friday

Saturday by appointment only
(excluding holidays).

Winter Hours: November 1st – April 1st 10:00 A.M. – 3 P.M.
The Library will be CLOSED the week of
Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Please check the museum website for separate hours

Hours may be extended to meet special needs with prior arrangements.

Appointments may be made by calling the historical society 606-343-0399 or Joyce Munsey 606-348-6309


Our Work Includes:

The Wayne County Historical Society has been gathering genealogy information for more than 30 years! That information would be of little value unless it was organized into a body of work that is easily accessible and searchable. The Wayne County Historical Society seeks to make the accumulated information both accessible and searchable.

The Elizabeth Furr Duncan Library staff make themselves available to genealogists in their quest to research their Wayne County roots. The Elizabeth Furr Duncan Library is housed in the Wayne County Museum building and maintains extensive Wayne County family files, books, and information. There are approximately 25,000 obituaries on file and growing birth and marriage files. People come from literally all over the nation and from many other nations to do research in the Library. Another feature of the Elizabeth Furr Duncan Library is the extensive collection of approximately 7,000 photographs that depict the history of the events and families of Wayne County.

The Library staff will be happy to receive any inquiries that you might submit, though no in depth searches are made, and all inquiries are processed on a “time available” schedule. A donation to the Elizabeth Furr Duncan Library is requested for any research done by the library staff.

If you would like to submit an inquiry, you can do so by e-mail or you can call the Elizabeth Furr Duncan Library at 606-343-0399. Please be sure to leave your return address so that we may reply back to you.