New Historical Marker Honors Music Career of Louis ‘Grandpa’ Jones

FRANKFORT, Ky.  – The Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) will unveil a new historical marker Saturday, Oct. 18, to commemorate the birthplace and 70-year music career of Louis “Grandpa” Jones.The 2 p.m. CDT event will be at 15979 Highway 136 East in Robards.

Jones, who used the stage name “Grandpa” from the age of 22, may be best known for his animated stage presence, singing “old-time” music and playing a clawhammer banjo. His career started in the early days of commercial radio and continued until a few weeks before his death in 1998. Jones is in both the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame.

The Henderson County Historical Society sponsors the marker.     

More than 2,200 historical markers statewide tell Kentucky’s history. More information about the marker application process, a database of markers and their text and the Explore Kentucky History app, a virtual tour of markers by theme, is at history.ky.gov/markers. KHS administers the Kentucky Historical Marker Program in cooperation with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

For more information, contact Becky Riddle, Kentucky Historical Marker Program coordinator, at 502-564-1792, ext. 4474 or becky.riddle@ky.gov.

 

The Kentucky Historical Society, an agency of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, was established in 1836 and is committed to helping people understand, cherish and share Kentucky’s history. The KHS history campus includes the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History, the Old State Capitol and the Kentucky Military History Museum at the State Arsenal. For more information about KHS and its programs, visit history.ky.gov.

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