John Fox Jr



The John Fox, Jr. Genealogical Library, located at 323 High Street, Paris, Kentucky, inside the lower level of the Duncan Tavern Historic Center, is a genealogical library focusing on assisting patrons documenting their Revolutionary War ancestors. The historical library contains resources unique to Bourbon County and other Kentucky counties, and also has excellent resources for other states, especially Virginia, Pennsylvania, and North Carolina. For a listing of books for different states at the Fox Library that have been identified as helping establish Proof of Service for DAR membership click here.
The John Fox, Jr. Genealogical Library serves researchers by email, regular mail, telephone calls, and of course, by visits to the library.

Hours of Operation: Wednesday - Saturday 10 AM -12 NOON and 1 PM - 4 PM

Email: John Fox Library or Telephone (859) 987-1786

Library card catalog can be accessed at

Send queries to: John Fox, Jr. Genealogical Library 323 High Street, Paris, KY 40361



The John Fox, Jr. Genealogical Library, named in honor of one of Kentucky's most famous authors, who was born in Bourbon County, Kentucky, is staffed solely by volunteers.

The library was first established in what was then called the Ardery Room, now the Founder's Room, on the first floor of Duncan Tavern. The formal dedication of the library was held on October 24, 1950, at its present location on the ground floor, with 350 guests, including historians and dignitaries, members of lineage societies in attendance, as well as the sisters of John Fox, Jr. The Fox family generously donated many personal items used by John Fox, Jr., including his writing desk, illustrations, photos, and the Fox family clock.

Through the years, the library has grown. Two more rooms, a second reading room and a periodical reading room, were added as additions were made to the Duncan Tavern Historic Center over the years. The shelves hold an impressive collection of history and genealogy books. Also there are vertical family files and numerous family histories in book form, as well as maps and county and state histories, focusing on Bourbon County families and Revolutionary War patriots. Most Kentucky counties are represented in either vertical files or books. The collection also includes the complete set of KSDAR Genealogical Records Reports.


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