Campbellsville Bicentennial Park
Backstory and Context
The first deed in Green County to any of the Campbell brothers was dated January 4, 1808, to Michael Campbell. In 1809, Andrew Campbell built a grist mill on Buckhorn Creek in what would become Campbellsville. Andrew, Michael, Adam, James, and David Campbell moved to the area that would become Campbellsville from Augusta County, Virginia. As early as May 1814, Andrew Campbell conveyed to Joseph Taylor "... a certain lot of ground ... in a small town now lain off by said Andrew Campbell at Buckhorn Lick denominated Campbellsville the said lot being No.4 containing 7 one quarter acre situated on the present main street ... at a small ravine nearly opposite Lawrence Campbell's Tavern ... whereas ... Andrew Campbell as the proprietor of said town hath ... in selling his lots in said town hath annexed a condition on the purchase for improving them ...."
The Kentucky General Assembly officially created the City of Campbellsville in 1817, which was then a part of Green County. The site was on the 10,000-acre Joseph Richardson survey. The first town plat was recorded in 1820. Andrew Campbell died in 1819; he and his wife Rebecca had no children. Rebecca and his four brothers inherited his lots. Adam Campbell became a Green County justice of the peace in 1812, and sheriff in 1824. David Campbell was one of the first town trustees, a tavern keeper in the 1820s, and a Green County justice of the peace in 1825. James Campbell laid out the upper part of Campbellsville, where he built a Federal-style house; he also sold lots in 1829, dying in 1832.
In 2017, the City of Campbellsville opened the Bicentennial Park, which contains a time capsule, a ghost structure of the grist mill, and the grave marker for Andrew and James Campbell.
Bicentennial celebrated with time capsule, CKNJ.com. Accessed June 22nd 2020. https://www.cknj.com/content/bicentennial-celebrated-time-capsule.
The Kentucky Encyclopedia, Google Books. Accessed June 22nd 2020. https://books.google.com/books?id=CcceBgAAQBAJ&pg=PA156&lpg=PA156&dq=Andrew+campbell+grist+mill,+campbellsville&source=bl&ots=9m8WxH0uxW&sig=ACfU3U1cdZF4pafE0Cy3dNNNZ3Xci9T4hQ&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwj246-JiorqAhUFQawKHV_fASwQ6AEwBXoECAoQAQ#v=onepage&q=Andrew%20campbell%20grist%20mill%2C%20campbellsville&f=false.
Campbellsville Historic Designation, Accessed June 22nd 2020. http://www.downtowncampbellsville.com/docs/CampbellsvilleHistoricDesignationReport_2006.pdf.