Ohio County Industrial Foundation
1350 Clay St.
PO Box 3
Hartford, KY 42347
PHONE: 270-298-3551
FAX: 270-298-3331
E-mail: industry@ohiocounty.com
 
 
Geographically Ohio County is the 5th largest county in Kentucky covering a total of 596 square miles with a current population over 23,000. There are six (6) incorporated cities. The largest city is Beaver Dam and the county seat is Hartford. The other incorporated cities are; Centertown, Fordsville, McHenry, and Rockport.

Little known facts:
Bill Monroe, the father of Bluegrass Music, was born on September 13, 1911 and raised in Rosine, Kentucky located in Ohio County. He is known as the “Father of Bluegrass Music” . He performed for four presidents, was a Grammy winner and is the only performer to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and the International Bluegrass Music Association Hall of Fame. He died on September 9, 1996. He is interred in the Rosine Cemetery. His home place has been restored and is open for tours by the public.

Since 1902 the Dundee Goat, the lone survivor of three weathervanes from 1890’s Dundee Scotland, has perched atop the 80’ steeple of the Masonic Lodge. The town used to be known as Hines Mill but was renamed for Dundee Scotland. The weathervane is hollow and made of zinc, it weighs about ten pounds and is featured in Ripley’s Believe It or Not.

While prospecting for coal in 1872 a complete human skeleton was found measuring over ten feet tall. The giants arm measured 22” from wrist to elbow and his leg measured 42” from hip to knee.