J.C. Barnett Jug Collection

J.C. Barnett jug collection
on display at the
Oldham County History Museum

By Don Ward

LA GRANGE, KY. (August 2002) – The Oldham County History Center is displaying a portion of its vast collection of the late J. Chilton Barnett’s 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.

Barnett Jugs

J.C. Barnett Jugs

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) 222-0826.

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