Auburn Museum: Preserving the past for future generations

Welcome To The Auburn Museum

The Auburn Museum

The Auburn Museum's major function is  to discover, collect, preserve and exhibit materials which will help to establish or illustrate the history of Auburn and the surrounding communities. Preserving Auburn's history is the Society's broad purpose. More specifically it strives top promote the cultural and educational needs of its residents through community awareness.   This site is loaded with vintage photos of people and places in Auburn from the 40's, 50's and 60's.  Each photo is contributed to us by the residents of Auburn. 

If you would like to add your own contributions of images, personal memories or artifacts, please contact us.  Without the contributions from people like you, this site and the museum would cease to function.  Join us on our quest to keep the history of our town alive for our children. 

Museum Information

The Auburn Museum's location is:

433 W. Main St
Auburn, KY 42206

Monday through Friday from 1:00pm to 4:00pm call (270) 542-4677.

Adults:  $5:00,
Children: $2.00
Children 6 and under: Free With Paying Adult
Tour Groups:   School tour groups are always welcome. Admission for students on field trips will be given a discount upon the scheduling of a tour.
Historical Society Members: Free

You can contact the Auburn Historical Society By Mail:
P.O. Box 794
Auburn, KY 42206

For updates on what's going on at the Museum Contact:

Mrs. Eloise Hadden
(270) 542-4677
Judge Sue Carol Browning
(270) 542-4500

Meeting Information

The regular Monthly Meeting of the Auburn Historical Society normally takes place on the second Tuesday night of the month at 7:00 P.M. at the Museum. Only in extreme circumstances will the meeting be moved to another time. It is best to check in with the web site for up to date information as any change will be listed on the Home Page.

Feature Articles

About Our Town

By Eloise Hadden

Auburn, Kentucky. "Small enough to know you-large enough to serve you." This has been Auburn's motto for many years! Auburn is located in east Logan County and was established around 1860. In 1813, the Shakers purchased 1.140 acres on the Black Lick Creek at Auburn and established a separate settlement called Waterwheit, where they formed and had a sugar camp. Read More

Auburn's History

By Marie Foley

If a concise history of Auburn were to be written, many volumes would be needed to contain it all. Because in my opinion one cannot write the history of a place accurately without the telling of the stories of the people who have lived in that place, who put the meat on the bare bones of facts. However, in the space available we will endeavor to give a few of the more interesting facts that combine to make the history of Auburn. I would like to encourage anyone interested in Auburn’s history to avail themselves of the material at the Kentucky Library at Western Kentucky University, our local library and archives in Russellville and artifacts at the Auburn Museum. Read More

Memories of Green Wood School

By Carl Lee Carpenter

The Green Wood Schoolhouse was moved in May 2001 from its location just over the line in Simpson County, KY to a location directly behind the Auburn Museum. This will eventually be part of the village that the Auburn Historical Society is constructing. This village will be reminiscent of life in Auburn many years ago. The following article was written by Carl Lee Carpenter. Read More

The Village

By Eloise Hadden

When the Auburn Historical Society (AHS) purchased the museum property, the land behind the museum was purchased for the purpose of preserving historical structures in the Auburn area. With that concept in mind The Village began to take shape. Located behind the main museum building you will find one of a kind, a walking tour museum also called a living history museum. So, come walk with me down memory lane at 433 W. Main Street in Auburn, Kentucky. Read More

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The Auburn Historical Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the history of Auburn, KY and the surrounding area.  We do not receive any government funding, so membership fees and donations are the life blood of our organization.  We encourage you to join us today to help keep our history alive and on display for future generations.

The membership fee is $10.00 per person annually.    Membership fee includes free admission to the Auburn Museum throughout the year.  We also have group membership for businesses, church and school groups.

Your membership also includes the ability to interact and share your own personal history of Auburn on the website. You can create blogs, upload photos and interact with other members. You can truly become a major contributor in helping to keep Auburn's history alive.

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Places To Stay

Federal Grove Bed and Breakfast

Federal Grove has always been known for hospitality dating all the way back to 1835 when travelers from Louisville or Nashville would stop over at Federal Grove for a short stay. We continue the rich tradition of the bed & breakfast as we offer our four guest rooms to those wanting a tranquil getaway where they’ll feel right at home.

 After a refreshing night’s sleep you wake to the aroma of fresh coffee, baking biscuits and all the trimmings of a Southern Kentucky breakfast.

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