Barnett Jug Collection
Barnett jug collection
on display at the
Oldham County History Museum
LA GRANGE, KY. (August 2002) The Oldham County
History Center is displaying a portion of its vast collection of the
late J. Chilton Barnetts stoneware jugs through Aug. 23 at its
museum, located at 106 N. Second Ave., La Grange, Ky.
Barnett, who died Nov. 16, 1999, at age 82, spent much of his life collecting
the jugs and crocks. When he died, 469 jugs and crocks were bequeathed
to the museum, while the Filson Club of Louisville and the Getz Whiskey
Museum also benefitted from his collection.
Most of the jugs in the collection were used to hold whiskey,
although some held pickles, vinegar, honey and arsenic.
The museum has only half of its collection on display. Barnett was a
member of the historical society since 1964 and a former president of
its board of directors from 1985 to 1999. He was a chief benefactor
and visionary for establishing the museum. He lived to see the museum
open in September 1999, just two months before his death.
For information about the display, call (502)
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