A new museum, dedicated to a bluegrass music legend, and Ohio County native, could become a reality after nearly two decades of planning and waiting.
“Well, it’s a great honor for Bill,” says Tom Ewing, who played guitar with Bill Monroe for ten years. He says it’s been a long wait for a planned Bill Monroe Museum to get built in his hometown of Rosine.
“We’ve always had faith it would happen,” Ewing says. “The last few years, we badgered local officials as much as possible trying to force them to take action.”
The museum focuses on Monroe’s life and career. Jody Flener of the Ohio County Tourism Commission says they’ve raised nearly $500,000 for construction. including $300,000 from former Governor Steve Beshear’s administration. Another $500,000 is still needed. Flener says planning started on the museum, set to be built at Everett Park.
“There are a million fans who love bluegrass and love Bill, and there’s a lot of performers that attribute their mentor as Bill Monroe, and I’m very confident that when people get the word about it that we will reach our million dollars,” says Flener.
The idea for the Bill Monroe Museum came about nearly 20 years ago, but the plans were put on the back burner so that they could focus on the Monroe Homestead just off of Highway 62. Flener says if the money’s raised, construction could start as soon as next year.