Henderson County, Kentucky


Owing to its terrible surroundings, Henderson was yet as unhealthy as a place well could be, and as an evidence of it, the following incident related to the writer by Dr. H. H. Farmer, is here inserted:

"When a boy in 1835, I was was going to Virginia in company with my uncle and grandmother.  We were traveling in a carriage, and when near Crab Orchard Springs I was taken suddenly ill; my uncle wished to stop at some house on the road, but the people learning we were from Henderson, refused to take us in, fearing some dreadful contageous disease.  The very name of Henderson seemed to inspire the mountaineers with terror.  My disease was slight, however, and we suffered no serious inconvenience."

Henderson in early times suffered more from malarial disease than for many years past.  The disease at that time was more severe, but the great cause of its fatality was ignorance on the part of the physicians of its proper treatment.

History of Henderson County, KY by E. L. Starling, Page 169


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