The Story Behind The Kentucky Explorer

The office of the Kentucky Explorer is located at 1248 Highway 15-North in Jackson, Kentucky.


For over 18 years The Kentucky Explorer has strived to save the valuable story of Kentucky and her people. The magazine has succeeded in its goals and continues to grow at a healthy pace. Today, we have readers in every state and many foreign countries. Well over 50,000 people read The Kentucky Explorer each month.

The Kentucky Explorer was founded in June of 1986 at 417 Court Street in Jackson, Kentucky. The magazine was the result of another little publication, The Kentucky Reader, a weekly magazine once used by students across Kentucky. The popularity of The Kentucky Reader with students and parents gave proof that such a magazine for adults was wanted here in Kentucky.

The Kentucky Explorer presents all types of material on Kentucky each month. This material may be in the form of new, original work often sent in by our readers or it may be material which has already been published. In some cases edited and interesting passages from long-forgotten newspapers, books, and magazines are presented for our readers' enjoyment. Also old engravings and sketches from the long ago are used. Thus, The Explorer acts as a distributor of certain rare, published materials many of which are all but impossible to find today. Many of these should be of great interest to the average Kentuckian.

Since The Kentucky Explorer is an illustrated magazine, hundreds of old and new photos and artwork illustrate our pages throughout the year. Puzzles, maps, recipes, and many other little things of interest are found within its pages. Everyone seems to enjoy the quotes and history sayings found at the bottom of every page.

Charles Hayes, the current chief editor, started the magazine. He, along with his wife, Donna, did most of the day-to-day work with the magazine since its formation. In 1987 an office building was constructed on property at Highway 15-North in Jackson and became the new, current home of the little magazine.

Through the years readers with an interest in Kentucky have submitted hundreds of stories, photos, and other features to make The Kentucky Explorer the success it is. The pages of the magazine are filled with genealogy, history, and folklore, much contributed by readers.

Readers of The Kentucky Explorer tell their friends about it. This is the main way it has been able to grow through the years. We encourage every reader to help our little magazine grow by telling their friends and relatives across the USA about us. We hope you help us in this way too.


Our staff today includes:

Charles Hayes, Jr. - Editor/Publisher

Darlene Johnson - Office Manager

Elesha Richardson
We like to hear from everyone! Write us at: The Kentucky Explorer, P.O. Box 227, Jackson, KY 41339

Phone 1-606-666-5060; Fax 1-606-666-7018

E-mail us at: [email protected]
Please Link Our Site To Your Home Page. Thanks!! 


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