The Sunday Story: NKY’s German roots flow much deeper than Mainstrasse

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This week on the Sunday Story, we talk with LINK nky contributor Robin Gee about this history or German heritage in Northern Kentucky.

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Covington’s Oktoberfest, held annually in the city’s Mainstrasse Village, brings visitors from near and far to don their best lederhosen, dance, play games and – of course – hoist a few brews. It’s a fun family time where everyone can celebrate all things German, whether or not they can trace back to a German ancestor. 

Yet the roots of the German culture run deep throughout Northern Kentucky.

Germans were among the earliest settlers of the region. German families coming from Pennsylvania and Virginia settled in Boone County at Tanner’s Station in the 1780s. These early settlers were attracted to the rich farmland and the opportunities that westward expansion presented.


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