The Kentucky Historical Society joined members of the Little Muddy Community on May 1 to unveil a new historical marker at the intersection of Little Muddy Church Road and Highway 231, about eight miles south of Morgantown in Butler County.
The marker tells the history of the community, which started to develop around 1800 when Thomas Carson, John Helm and Matthew Kuykendall, all veterans of the American Revolution, arrived to settle on land they received for their military service. These founders of Butler County served as the first county surveyor, presiding justice of the county court and the first sheriff.
One side of the marker focuses on Little Muddy Cumberland Presbyterian Church. People held camp meetings in the area as early as 1805 and the church organized in 1811. Carson donated land for a cemetery and the church. A brick building, which slave church members may have helped build, replaced a frame building in 1830. Another frame church was built in 1860. The brick building served an academy and public school. Now it is a community center.
More than 2,400 historical markers statewide tell Kentucky’s history. More information about the marker application process, a database of markers and their text and the Explore Kentucky History app, a virtual tour of markers by theme, is at history.ky.gov/markers. KHS administers the Kentucky Historical Marker Program in cooperation with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.