An Autobiography: Chapter 8, Verona Lake Ranch – Country Music Park


| 6/14/2012 2:22:34 PM


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The year 1955 was busy with publications when we purchased Verona Lake Ranch, and we soon found ourselves working overtime seven days a week, with plans for the park’s opening in 1956, thinking about concession stands and improvements. I was shuttling back and forth from the house to the office in Cincinnati and to the park. We sold the Blue House in early 1956, bought a nice trailer and moved to the park.

At the time, Verona had a population of between 400 and 500. Some Sundays, though, it swelled to 10,000! The only people we knew in Verona were the Scroggins, the bank president, and Marie, the bank clerk, whom we’d met when we signed the papers for the loan. I remember very few businesses in addition to the bank, namely the funeral home, grocery store, auto garage, small general store with the post office in the rear, and the elementary school, which bordered the park. So Georgianna and I made a visit to each of these places to introduce ourselves, and everyone was delighted to hear about our plans to put Verona on the map. We were quite interested in learning the history of Verona.

Crowd at Verona Lake 

Thousands of visitors at Verona Lake Ranch 

Set on a high ridge in the Eden Shale hills of southern Boone County, Verona was established in the mid-19th century and became a post office in 1850. One of its first institutions was the New Bethel Baptist Church, formed in 1840.

During the 1850s, Verona became the center of the largest Irish community in Boone County. Irish immigrants first arrived in the county in 1850, no doubt because of the famine that devastated Ireland in the 1840s. The first to arrive came to work on the farm of a Mr. Hudson near Richwood. By the 1880s, many Irish families had settled in the town and the surrounding countryside. Skilled Irish craftsmen may have constructed many of the distinctive stone cellars found on Verona area farms, as well as the stone fences once prominent along southern county turnpikes.

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