The forgotten village of Craig

The following was written by Virginia Freeman, for a series of articles about various Metcalfe County communities.

“The small village of CRAIG is situated on the banks of the clear flowing Blue Spring Creek. Craig is about 5 miles east of Hiseville and two and a half miles west of Knob Lick. Before the building of state Hwy 70 in 1936, there was very little known or said of Craig. But it now is more progressive and has prospects of being a small town in the near future.” (It should be noted that this was written in the 1970s, and when researching confirmation of this place, I had never heard of it before that day. I assure you that I have been through this village many times, but sadly, nothing is left but a cluster of houses and a dairy farm on the opposite side of the highway, and no signposts to tell of its existence. Only a side road that goes off the south side of the highway named “Craig Road,” which is about half a mile long.)
“The beginning of the Craig district is due largely to Olney Craig as he was the one who gave land to the county for the building of the school. This was around the last of the 1800s. The school building is about the most important item of interest in the Craig district. The original building was of logs, later a frame building was constructed for the use of church services.
“Near the beginning of 1900, Robert Galloway was merchant of the first store and postmaster of the one and only post office in the Craig district. This was named Emmit, KY, in honor of Rev. EL Freeman because he was the only bachelor in or around Craig at the time. After several years for some unknown reason the post office was discontinued. Several years later the store was out of operation. About 1920, GW Minor was the merchant of the general store. At the same time Sam Jessie began a blacksmith shop and this was in use for about 2 years, and he proved himself to be a very efficient blacksmith. Owing to Mr. Minor’s health he sold his merchandise to EE Edwards and Co., who now is the present owner. Mr. Edwards also operates a filling station and mill. (As far as I could tell from reports, all of the businesses are defunct.)
“The early population of Craig (like so many other villages in this area) was several times larger than the present. The population of today (1960s-70s) is about 150 to 200.
“Craig has no mineral wealth or if so, it has not yet been discovered. There is a very good ever-flowing sulphur well, but the public doesn’t seem to think it is important. In general, the water is better than that of the famous summer resort of Sulphur Well, KY (several miles up the highway). For a few years, this was very popular, but it became very hard for the public to be interested in such a small place.
“Craig is a small and unpopular place, but it richly deserves all the praise one can give. One would have to know the community better to appreciate it, but those who live there, or most of them, think it’s a grand place.”

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About Gclee

I am a long time genealogy and local history hunter from Barren Co., KY. I have many stories to share that may be of interest to other local genealogists and history buffs. I enjoy this as a hobby and hope I can be of encouragement to others. I also hope everyone enjoys my stories as much as I have enjoyed learning about them.
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