programs and activities
The Society publishes the award-winning Heritage Highlights, which appears twice a year. This publication keeps members informed of Society and other historical activities. Other publications include: Madison County: 200 Years in Retrospect (1975), Madison County Rediscovered: Selected Historic Architecture (1988), When the Ripe Pears Fell: The Battle of Richmond, Kentucky (1996), republication along with an index to the 1876 Beers Map of Madison County, a colorful print of Daniel Boone, and several Madison County Cemetery inventories.
Junior Historical Society
The Madison County Junior Historical Society was organized in 2008.
Genealogical and Historical Research
The Society encourages historical and genealogical research about Madison County. Although the Society does not have a library and does not do research, it will put genealogical queries (for members only) in Heritage Highlights. For persons interested in research, the Special-Collections and Archives sections of Berea College and Eastern Kentucky University Archives possess excellent resources on Madison County.
Historic Sites Preservation and the Bluegrass Trust Plaque Program
The Society, working in conjunction with the Kentucky Heritage Council and local government, has conducted several historic site surveys and is actively involved in the acquisition and preservation of property associated with the Battle of Richmond. In November 2001 the society acquired the 62-acre Barnett-Gibbs-Herndon Civil War farm site, located six miles south of Richmond on Kingston Highway (US 421). The Madison County Fiscal Court bought the farm from the Historical Society and established Battlefield Park in 2005. Additionally, the Society coordinates the Bluegrass Trust for Historic Preservation Plaque Program for the county, which is part of a larger effort to identify and preserve significant historical sites in Central Kentucky.