Shelbyville History Museum


Welcome to the Shelby County Historical Society!

The Shelby County Historical Society collects, preserves and promotes knowledge and appreciation of Shelby County and Kentucky history.  The historical society was founded in 1963 as the Shelby County Historical and Genealogy Society.  The society operates the Shelby County History museum which is housed in the 1872 Italianate Presbyterian Manse building at 627 Main Street in downtown Shelbyville, KY. The museum is open MondayFriday from 10am-2pm. Admission is free, donations are always welcome.  Exhibits now showing – Shelby County Tobacco exhibit located on the second floor of the museum.  Award winning Crabtree Saddlebred Farm display is on the first floor.  You can also find a doll house replica of the Ballard House on display in the museum.

The Historic District Commission office is also located in the historical society museum


627 Main St.
Shelbyville, KY 40065


(502) 513 – 5555

Additional Information

Shelby County, Kentucky’s twelfth county, was created from Jefferson County on June 28,1792 with Shelbyville as the county seat. Named for Kentucky’s first governor, Isaac Shelby, Shelby County covers 383 square miles and by 1800 its population exceeded 8,100 individuals. Today, Shelby County continues to be an agricultural leader in corn, wheat and livestock. It is home to sixty-four manufacturing facilities and has 385 members in the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce. In 2005 Shelby County was proclaimed the Saddlebred Horse Capital of the World.