Verona Lake Ranch

Verona Lake Ranch was a country music park located five miles west of Walton, Kentucky, on Route 16, about 25 miles south of Cincinnati. Beginning in the early 1950s, country and bluegrass music shows were held there every Sunday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. during the summer months. It drew heavily from Cincinnati and southwestern Ohio, as there wasn’t a comparable venue in that area. The park was started by W.D. Scroggins and later purchased by Thurston Moore, Hillbilly and Western Scrapbook publisher, whose wife Georgianna did a lot of the M.C. work. It used local name artists as well as national performers. Bill Monroe’s was one of the earlier acts to appear there. Jimmie Skinner and Ray Lunsford were semi-regulars, Rusty York and Willard Hale played there, as did the Stanley Brothers, Smokey Ward, and big-name country artists such as Johnny Cash and George Jones. The park closed in 1959.

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