Mount Vernon, Kentucky
Debra Jean White Brown, Regent
Priscilla McFalls, Vice Regent
Tonya Cook, Chaplain
Amanda McNew, Recording Secretary
Iris Young, Treasurer
Doris Jean Gentry, Registrar
Karen Adams, Historian
Mary Belcher, Librarian
Updated January 12, 2019
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HISTORY OF THE CHAPTER
This chapter takes its name from the Rockcastle River, as does the county where it is located. This river, a designated Kentucky Wild Scenic river, got its name from the majestic cliffs that tower above the waters.
In 1750, Thomas Walker noted a rock on a mountain above Livingston that resembled a castle, and in 1767, Isaac Lindsey named this rock Castle Rock. The river below was named Rockcastle.
Two pioneer trails, Boone's Trace and the Wilderness Road, intersect in Rockcastle at Mt. Vernon, which became the fork in the trail, as Daniel Boone made his way from North Carolina to Boonesborough. Many a Revolutionary War patriot traveled this route to a new beginning, after the end of a long and victorious struggle for independence.