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Kaintuckeean: Sun shines bright on our old Kentucky home, as measured from ‘stone of the seven pines’

Used for centuries in England, the system of describing land by its metes and bounds is a common way of describing an area of land. Surveyors and other professionals utilize the system to specifically identify parcels of land, though errors by the early surveyors created much trouble. Even with today’s surveys being done largely with technological advantage, it is possible for a call to be reversed...

Kaintuckeean: A ‘deTour’ to Kentucky’s oldest Presbyterian church, Walnut Hill in Lexington

  Walnut Hill Presbyterian Church in Lexington (Photo by Jason Sloan)   By Peter Brackney Special to KyForward   On a recent edition of #BGTdeTours, we had the opportunity to explore the oldest Presbyterian church in Kentucky. The site is Lexington’s Walnut Hill Presbyterian Church, located on Walnut Hill Pike near Old Richmond Road.   The church was formed on land given...

Kaintuckeean: ‘New’ images offer a glimpse of the special moments in Lexington, UK history

By Peter Brackney Special to KyForward   One can easily get lost in the archives of a library’s special collections department, especially those of us who are self-professed “history geeks” or, more nicely put, have “history in our genes.” No matter how you want to label the history junkie, we are a breed that loves discovering new things from our past.   So...

Kaintuckeean: Chinn biography a must-read for those who appreciate Kentucky history

By Peter Brackney Special to KyForward   Published posthumously by the late Professor Carlton Jackson of Western Kentucky University, Kentucky Maverick: The Life and Adventures of Colonel George M. Chinn is a must-read for those who appreciate Kentucky history. Chinn was active in so many aspects of 20th century Kentucky and, though he is a figure often overlooked by many, he is worthy of honor...

On Centrepointe: Hopefully, we’ve learned something, will put city first moving forward

One version of Centrepointe (From Kaintuckeean.com/EOP Architects)   By Peter Brackney Special to KyForward   Centrepointe.   I was a law clerk when I paused for a few moments to observe part of the press conference that was streaming online from the website of a local news station. Then-mayor Jim Newberry stood alongside developers, together announcing a massive development in the heart...

Kaintuckeean: Properties new to national registry represent Kentucky’s varied past

  By Peter Brackney Special to KyForward   Six Kentucky properties have been selected for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places. The properties are located in Campbell, Fayette, Jefferson, Kenton and Pike counties and represent Kentucky’s manufacturing, residential, entertainment and educational past. An overview of those properties follows.   Marianne Theatre,...

Kaintuckeean: In Kentucky, women have always found a way to accomplish great things

(Graphic by Peter Brackney)   By Peter Brackney Special to KyForward   Among other things, March is women’s history month. Underappreciated throughout the long arc of history, women have played a crucial role in human history. Even though social or religious norms may have relegated women to a lesser status through different historical epochs, women always found an opportunity to accomplish...

Kaintuckeean: A regional look at Blue Grass Trust’s ‘Eleven in Their Eleventh Hour’

Old Versailles High School, Woodford County (Photo courtesy Blue Grass Trust for Historic Preservation) (Read more about this structure below)   By Peter Brackney Special to KyForward   Each year, the Blue Grass Trust for Historic Preservation assembles a list of historic Central Kentucky properties which are threatened. For the 2015 edition of the “Eleven in Their Eleventh Hour”...

Kaintuckeean: Discovering the trails – and the beauty – of Jessamine County and beyond

Jessamine Creek Gorge (Photo from Jessamine County Trail Association’s Facebook page)   Editor’s note: The Kaintuckeean’s Peter Brackney lives in Jessamine County. This column was originally published in the Jessamine Journal and is reprinted with permission.     By Peter Brackney Special to KyForward   Of the Bluegrass region, J. Soule Smith wrote in his Bluegrass...

Kaintuckeean: There’s hiking fun for all ages at Garrard County’s Dupree Nature Preserve

The author’s children, ages 6 and 3, walk the trails at Dupree Preserve. (Author’s collection)   By Peter Brackney Special to KyForward   Twice over as many months I’ve taken my two kids, ages 3 and 6, for a hike in the woods. There are few activities that are more fun with kids. Hiking removes them from “screen time” and, under these circumstances, they are...

Kaintuckeean: Meadowthorpe, Lexington’s first true subdivision, also site of first airport

The entrance to Meadowthorpe neighborhood (Author’s collection)   By Peter Brackney Special to KyForward   Last month, a historic marker was dedicated at the Lexington intersection of Leestown Road at Boiling Springs Drive. The spot marks the entrance to Lexington’s first true subdivision: Meadowthorpe.   In a chapter on the Bluegrass region in my book Lost Lexington, I mentioned...

Kaintuckeean: Saint Rose Priory rises above Washington County in all its majestic form

Saint Rose Catholic Priory near Springfield in Washington County (Photo from author’s collection)   By Peter Brackney Special to KyForward   Few things are quite as majestic as traveling along one of Kentucky’s scenic roads when suddenly a grand church appears seemingly out of nowhere. The juxtaposition of the two sanctuaries, Kentucky’s undulating land and the house of...

Kaintuckeean: Some clues to past linger
in downtown home of Lexington Diner

Lexington Diner in the ca. 1806 Warfield Building (Author’s collection)   By Peter Brackney Special to KyForward   Earlier this year, the Lexington Diner opened in the historic Dr. Walter Warfield Building at the southeast corner of Short and Upper streets. The diner changed the culinary landscape of the corner as it abandoned the perfunctory diner fare that had been served from the...

Kaintuckeean: Camp Wakon’da Ho in rural Casey County provides a welcome respite

Early morning fog over a pond at Camp Wakon’da Ho in Casey County (Author’s collection)   By Peter Brackney Special to KyForward   A church retreat found me and the Lil’ Kaintuckeean bound for rural Casey County (not that there is much of an urban center, with all due respect to those in Liberty). The destination was Camp Wakon’da Ho which is located in the small...

Kaintuckeean: Lego interpretations show endangered buildings a source of inspiration

Funkhouser Building of the University of Kentucky in Lego. Though not on the BGT’s Endangered List, many of the campus structures by its architect, Ernst Johnson, are slated for, or at risk of, demolition. (Photo by Peter Brackney)   By Peter Brackney Special to KyForward   For Christmas, I received the Lego Architecture Studio. It is truly a Lego set for adults, especially those with...

Kaintuckeean: An 85-year stint in Lexington will come to a close when Sears bids farewell

By Peter Brackney Special to KyForward   In 1893, Richard Warren Sears and Alvah C. Roebuck collaborated on a mail order catalogue under the name Sears, Roebuck & Co. In 1894, the catalogue was 322 pages in length and featured farm implements, clothing, automobiles and even “vibrators for treating female hysteria.”   The successful business began opening brick-and-mortar...

Kaintuckeean: Legend of Lexington’s
roving landmark still has people smiling

A plaque near the Robert F. Stephens Courthouse pays homage to Lexington’s roving landmark, Smiley Pete. (Photo by Peter Brackney)   By Peter Brackney Special to KyForward   Two plaques in downtown Lexington recall Lexington’s friendliest pooch, Smiley Pete. He was a roving landmark with a grin resembling a human smile. For that, his nickname was “Smiley.”   Of...

Kaintuckeean: Plain roadside marker alludes to the rich history of Duncan Tavern in Paris

By Peter Brackney Special to KyForward   I’m amazed at how much information we now fit into the roadside markers with great care being taken to sentence syntax, etc. In its early days, however, the program might simply list a few notable facts about a person or place being memorialized. This was the case with Duncan Tavern in Paris, Ky. Reads Marker #93: Duncan Tavern Built 1788 Gathering...

Kaintuckeean: Danville’s Willis Green House a true treasure in Kentucky’s rich history

Willis Green House – Danville (Photo from The Blue Grass Trust)   By Peter Brackney Special to KyForward   On a 2.5-acre plot of land in Danville sits a house steeped in Kentucky history. It is owned by a consortium of preservation-minded groups who purchased the property at auction earlier this year in order to save this important part of history. With preservation easements...

Kaintuckeean: First African Baptist – historic structure, historic faith, determined future

First African Baptist Church at Short and DeWeese streets in Lexington (Photo by Peter Brackney)   By Peter Brackney Special to KyForward   At the southwest corner of East Short and DeWeese Streets stands the oldest African-American church in Kentucky and the third oldest African American Baptist church in the nation. The strong edifice of the First African Baptist Church anchors this once...