Upstream Downstream:

 A Community Oral History of the Beech Fork Watershed  

Help us tell the story of Beech Fork    

Upstream Downstream is focused on illuminating and sharing the history of our region according
to the people who live here. This project is supported by a grant from the Kentucky Oral History Commission to tell the story of the Beech fork Watershed through recorded interviews and 
community listening events. The project is sponsored by The Kentucky Waterways Alliance, the Washington County Public Library, New Pioneers for a Sustainable Future and the Loretto Community.

We know our community is full of natural storytellers, and this project is a chance to bring those stories together that we may all enjoy them and leave a valuable record for future generations.
 Listen to the following for a sample of what we hope to bring you.  


This is truly a community project, and we wold love for you to be part of it.  





If interested, please contact
or call New Pioneers at (859) 336-5070

The Beech Fork, or Beech Fork River, is a 112-mile-long (180 km) river in central Kentucky in the United States. It is a tributary of the Rolling Fork of the Salt River, with its waters flowing eventually to the Ohio River and ultimately the Mississippi River. It begins in eastern Marion County and heads northwest into Washington County, where the Chaplin River enters. The Beech Fork then turns southwest to go through Nelson County. At the end of the river’s journey, near Boston, the Beech Fork flows into the Rolling Fork of the Salt River.

Click below to view:
MAP OF THE BEECH FORK WATERSHED through Marion, Washington & Nelson Counties, KY