Annie Fellows Johnston will be inducted into the Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame

Annie Fellows Johnston portrait

Annie Fellows Johnston Fans: Mark Your Calendars for January 31, 2018

On January 31, 2018, author Annie Fellows Johnston will be inducted into the Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame.

The induction ceremony is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. at the Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning in Lexington, Ky., located at 251 W. Second Street

The Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame was started in 2013 to recognize Kentucky writers whose work reflects the character and culture of our commonwealth, and to educate Kentuckians about our state’s rich literary heritage. For a writer to have been eligible this year, he/she must be 1) published; 2) someone whose writing is of enduring stature; and 3) someone connected in a significant way to the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Among past inductees are Barbara Kingsolver, Wendell Berry, Hunter S. Thompson, Thomas Merton, and Johnston’s friend Alice Hegan Rice, author of “Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch” and a fellow member of the Louisville Authors Club. To learn more about past inductees, visit 

The Incredible Story of "The Little Colonel"

Welcome to our website.  This is dedicated to the incredible story about the writing of the "Little Colonel" series of books by authoress Annie Fellows Johnston between the years of 1895 and 1910.   What started as an attempt to "write a book" ended up becoming one of the most popular series of books in the world at that time.  For decades since, tourists have come to Pewee Valley, Kentucky (known as Livingston Valley in the books) to see and feel the actual places that were the inspiration for their beloved series of "Little Colonel" books.  In fact, we still see visitors touring "the Valley" to this day!   On the following pages, you will learn more about the story of how Annie wrote the books, you will meet the actual people that the characters in the books were based on, and you will see the places that were models for locations in the stories.   We invite everyone to come visit us and see the museum of "Little Colonel" artifacts the Pewee Valley Town Hall to this day.

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