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1882 Perrin History of Harrison County, Kentucky

1882 Perrin History of Bourbon, Scott, Harrison and Nicholas Counties, Kentucky

An Excerpt Describing Havilandsville

CHAPTER XII.

RICHLAND PRECINCT–TOPOGRAPHY, PHYSICAL FEATURES, ETC.–SETTLEMENT OF THE WHITES–THEIR EARLY LIFE, INDUSTRIES AND PRIVATIONS–ROADS AND OTHER IMPROVEMENTS–CHURCHES, SCHOOLS, VILLAGES.
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Richland Precinct is almost as well supplied with villages as it is with churches, and all of them put together would not make a city quite as large as Cincinnati. Havilandsville is perhaps the most pretentious of these embryo cities. It is located in the northeast part of the precinct, about fifteen miles north of Cynthiana, and was named for R.S. Haviland, father of the present Judge of Harrison County. He was one of the most enterprising men ever in the precinct. The first store was kept by him, where the village now stands, as early as 1832-33. He also put up a woolen and cotton factory in 1838, and manufactured jeans and lindseys for the Southern trade, which was transported thither in wagons and raw cotton brought back in return. He manufactured and shipped tobacco to New York, and also operated a large pork-packing establishment, butchering from 800 to 2,000 hogs annually. These were made into bacon, and together with manufactured goods, were shipped south in flat-boats, the cargoes of which were often worth $60,000. There is still considerable business done in the village. W.B. Arnold operates a large flour mill and wool-carding machine, and W.D. Hickman carries on a store and a tobacco prizing establishment, which does an extensive business. Mr. Hickman is a man of considerable energy, and does a business of about $40,000 per year. Havilandsville has a white population of about fifty; has two stores, one blacksmith shop, a post office, physician and the industries already noticed. The post office was established years ago, and R.S. Haviland was commissioned Postmaster. The present Postmaster is Mr. W.D. Hickman.

SOURCE: Perrin, William Henry, Ed., History of Bourbon, Scott, Harrison and Nicholas Counties, Kentucky, Chicago: O. L. Baskin & Co., Chicago, 1882, pp. 313-317.

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