Three Short Stories of Madison's History

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Three Short Stories of Madison's History


These are three short stories with connections to Madison County.

Squire Boone

Squire Boone left Boonesborough and Madison County in 1779 and founded Squire Boone Station near the location of present day Shelbyville. At that time, it was the only station between the Falls of the Ohio (Louisville) and Fort Harrodsburg.

The station was abandoned, but the area was eventually resettled. After a term in the Virginia legislature, Boone sold his property and left the area in 1783. The post was later known as Lynch Station.

The Bennett Sisters

In 1897, a two-year college opened in London, Ky. The Bennett sisters of Richmond were two of the five founders of the school. It was named Sue Bennett College and was affiliated with the Methodist Episcopal Church South. London could be reached from Richmond then via highway or L&N Railroad.

J.C. Lewis was the first head of the school. My father attended one summer term there. Although Belle Bennett was the more famous sister, Sue Bennett’s name lived on for nearly 100 years through the college. The college closed as an independent entity for financial reasons in the 1990s.

Fort Boonesborough

It was the Transylvania Company that hired Daniel Boone to blaze the Wilderness Trail into Kentucky and to build Fort Boonesborough. The company’s claim to the land was based on the treaty of Sycamore Shoals, a meeting with area Native American chiefs in East Tennessee.

Richard Henderson, the company’s founder, bargained for 20 million acres of land between the three major area rivers — the Ohio, Kentucky and the Cumberland. However, Lord Dunmore, governor of Virginia, declared the treaty in violation of Virginian and English law. The treaty was repudiated and the Transylvania Company collapsed, thereby setting the stage in Kentucky for much subsequent real estate speculation.

There you have it — stories of stations, schools and real estate speculation — all a part of Madison’s heritage.


Dr. Fred Engle




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Dr. Fred Engle, “Three Short Stories of Madison's History,” Madison's Heritage Online, accessed January 20, 2022,