The Robinson’s of Dry Ridge

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The Robinsons of Dry Ridge: History of a Black Family and Post-Civil War Community in Clark County, Kentucky
by Harry Enoch, Lyndon Comstock, Bobbie Newell

Moses Robinson obtained freedom for himself and his enslaved family before the Civil War. Determined to give his children a place of their own to live, he left a will directing his executor to purchase farms for each of them. These farms became the black community of Dry Ridge in eastern Clark County, Kentucky. Here the Robinson children, their descendants and neighbors managed to carve out an existence and, in a sense, to partake of the “good life” they associated with freedom. Today, two cemeteries, the rough foundation of a school, and a few old house sites are the starting point for preservation of this historic settlement. This work provides a family history beginning with Moses Robinson and including five generations of his descendants. It also tells the story of the Dry Ridge community, the people and the land, from 1863 to the present.

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The Robinsons of Dry Ridge: History of a Black Family and Post-Civil War Community in Clark County, Kentucky
by Harry Enoch, Lyndon Comstock, Bobbie Newell

About the Author
Harry Enoch, a native of Mt. Sterling, KY, trained as a research biochemist (PhD, 1975, University of Kentucky). Served in the 101st Airborne Division in Vietnam (1969-70). Held various research and administrative positions with the Kentucky Energy Cabinet, East Kentucky Power and UK, specializing in areas of environmental health. After retiring in 2004 has focused on historic preservation, local history research and writing. Author of Women of Fort Boonesborough, Pioneer Voices, Capt. Billy Bush and the Bush Settlement and others.