Located one block from downtown
South Central Kentucky Cultural Center is dedicated to
telling the story of the people, places and events that make up the geographic
area of Kentucky known as the “Barrens”—Metcalfe, Allen, Hart and Monroe
Counties, as well as Barren County. If history is of interest to you, this is
the place to visit!
Located in the former 1920’s
Kentucky Pants factory, the 30,000 square foot center currently has quality
exhibits spanning three floors. The first floor features a display that
represents south central Kentucky from 12,000 BC to frontier days. Items include
stone and bone tools, knives, and Native American exhibits from other historic
Visitors can also learn about
living in the 1800’s. These exhibits include a sewing machine from 1854, quilts,
wooden washboard, lye soap, and yoke along with a log cabin, smokehouse, farming
tools and equipment.
The second floor features an
extensive military collection with items from the Civil War through Desert
Storm. In addition, there is a model of Glasgow’s town square that includes
businesses from the 19thth century such as a post office, bank, doctor’s office,
telephone switchboard, dry goods shop, undertaker’s business and other displays.
Visitors can explore the
genealogical research room which consists of family history books, census
records, cemetery records, marriage records and more. The third floor features
eighty+ years of newspapers from the south central area of Kentucky.
Displays at the Center undergo
change and are managed by volunteers who work under the direction of Gayle
Berry, the director of the Center.
Admission is free. Scheduled
group tours are available. The Center is handicapped accessible. Hours:
M-F, 9am-4pm; Sat. 9am-2pm; Closed on Sunday.