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Quinn Chapel designated nationally significant for African American history, civil rights activism

In recognition of its role in African American history and civil rights activism, Chestnut Street Baptist/Quinn Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Louisville has been designated nationally significant by the National Register of Historic Places, administered by the National Park Service. The church is located at 912 W. Chestnut Street, and the nomination focuses on the congregation’s...

Kentucky Historic Preservation Review Board to consider three nominations for National Register

Three sites from Kentucky — including a large historic district in Newport, an architecturally distinctive home in Whitesville, and the last surviving building from the Greenville Female Academy — will be considered for National Register of Historic Places listing during a meeting Tuesday in Frankfort. The Kentucky Historic Preservation Review Board will review these nominations at 10 a.m. Tuesday...

Former girls’ camp Trail’s End added to National Register of Historic Places; facility closed in 1935

Trail’s End, a former girls’ camp in southern Fayette County, was added to the National Register of Historic Places on June 26. The 59-acre tract is owned by Floracliff Nature Sanctuary and encompasses the former camp lodge, the surrounding forest used for camp activities, as well as remnants of additional camp facilities. Established in 1913 by Mary DeWitt Snyder, Trail’s End Camp was one of...

Tickets now available for second annual Midway Women’s Club Historic Homes Tour June 8

The Midway Woman’s Club is giving visitors an intimate look inside more interesting homes in the Bluegrass during its second annual Historic Homes Tour, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, June 8. All sites are within Midway, which is on the National Register of Historic Places. Homes chosen for this year’s tour were owned by longtime Midway families, including the Starks family, creators of Starks’...

Six nominations to National Register of Historic Places to be considered Tuesday in Frankfort

Six sites from Kentucky will be considered for listing in the National Register of Historic Places on Tuesday (April 9), including a historic limestone roadbed and series of turnpike milestones from Louisville to Bardstown, nominated by the Youth Chamber of Preservationists student group from Bullitt East High School. The Kentucky Historic Preservation Review Board meeting will take place at 10 a.m....

Kentucky Historic Preservation Review Board to consider 10 National Register nominations Monday

Ten nominations to the National Register of Historic Places will be considered during a meeting of the Kentucky Historic Preservation Review Board at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 17, at Paul Sawyier Public Library, Frankfort. Among the nominations are the McGrorty Avenue/Old Wilderness Road Historic District in Danville, encompassing 13 African American residences dating from 1814 to 1950 that reflect an...

Kentucky by Heart: Visit to Pendleton County Historical Society brings back childhood memories

By Steve Flairty KyForward Columnist I enjoyed attending the Pendleton County Historical and Genealogical Society’s 25th Anniversary Open House, in Northern Kentucky, recently. The location sits atop a small rise alongside U.S. Highway #27, several miles north of the town of Falmouth. The event was far more than a passing interest for me while taking in the festivities on that warm September day. The...

National Register of Historic Places announces addition of 10 Kentucky sites, historic districts

The National Register of Historic Places has listed 10 Kentucky sites and historic districts in 2018, according to the National Park Service. These include the most recent, Battery Bates and Battery Coombs Historic District in Covington, named for two Civil War cannon battery defensive fortifications built by the Union Army and located in what is known today as Devou Park. Battery Bates and Battery...

Public event celebrates Lexington’s Pope Villa listing on National Register of Historic Places

A rare surviving example of the work of early American architect Benjamin Henry Latrobe has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the National Park Service (NPS) has announced. Pope Villa in Lexington was individually listed for its national significance to architecture, interpreted “for its information potential with respect to the interaction of architects and builders in the...

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kentuckiana announces $21 million expansion project

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kentuckiana (RMHCK) has revealed plans for a $21 million expansion that will nearly double its capacity to keep out-of-town families close to the local hospitals where their sick children are receiving treatment. The Louisville-based nonprofit organization will redevelop the former Greater Louisville Medical Society Building at 101 W. Chestnut St., adding 20 new guest...

Patches and Pieces Quilt Show to be displayed at Bardstown’s historic Wickland Estate March 24

“Please do touch” is the message of the museum-quality Patches and Pieces Quilt Show that will be on display at the historic Wickland Home of Three Governors estate, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 24. Considered one of the best Georgian-style houses in Kentucky, Wickland provides a fitting backdrop for the quilts with its airy main halls, massive rooms and 14 1/2-foot ceilings. “The...

Historic Preservation Review Board to consider 14 nominations to National Register

Fourteen nominations to the National Register of Historic Places will be considered during a meeting of the Kentucky Historic Preservation Review Board today at Paul Sawyier Public Library in Frankfort. Among the proposals is a multiple property submission documenting the growth and development of the Kentucky State Parks system from 1924 through 1973, and an individual listing for Lake Cumberland...

Eight Kentucky sites among latest additions to National Register of Historic Places

The National Park Service has announced that eight Kentucky sites have recently been listed on the National Register of Historic Places, including a Jewish cemetery, wholesale grocery warehouse and Victorian home school for girls. The sites were approved for nomination during a meeting of the Kentucky Historic Preservation Review Board, which is charged with evaluating National Register nominations...

Historic Rabbit Hash General Store destroyed by fire, National Register landmark in operation since 1831

Firefighters returned to the scene Sunday afternoon to deal with smoldering fire. (Photo by Warner Allen KyForward staff report One of Northern Kentucky’s most recognizable landmarks is no more. The historic Rabbit Hash General Store in Boone County caught fire Saturday night and is reportedly a total loss. The building has been a working general store since 1831. It is a central gathering spot in...

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,...