Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Friday, May 30, 2014
MY OLD KENTUCKY HOME
by Stephen Foster
The sun shines bright in the old Kentucky home,
'Tis summer, the people are gay;
The corn-top's ripe and the meadow's in the bloom,
While the birds make music all the day.
The young folks roll on the little cabin floor,
All merry, all happy and bright;
By 'n' by hard times comes a-knocking at the door
Then my old Kentucky home, goodnight.
Weep no more my lady
Oh! weep no more today!
We will sing one song for the old Kentucky home,
For the Old Kentucky Home far away.
They hunt no more for the possum and the coon,
On meadow, the hill and the shore,
They sing no more by the glimmer of the moon,
On the bench by the old cabin door.
The day goes by like a shadow o'er the heart,
With sorrow, where all was delight,
The time has come when the people have to part,
Then my old Kentucky home, goodnight.
The head must bow and the back will have to bend,
Wherever the people may go;
A few more days, and the trouble all will end,
In the field where the sugar-canes grow;
A few more days for to tote the weary load,
No matter, 'twill never be light;
A few more days till we totter on the road,
Then my old Kentucky home, goodnight.
Danville is known as the City of Firsts in Kentucky, and its vibrant downtown helps this Boyle County town keep its top spot in Bluegrass culture and history.
The location of the first Kentucky courthouse in 1785, Danville was the first capital of Kentucky. It still takes the spotlight in politics, having hosted both the 2000 and 2012 vice presidential debates. Home to the first college and the first law school in the West, Danville today is home to Centre College, one of the top private liberal arts colleges in the country.
Downtown Danville boasts a vibrant Main Street filled with shops and restaurants, the Community Arts Center, as well as Constitution Square State Park and historic churches. In June, music fills the air during the Great American Brass Band Festival
This historical marker segment recalls a famous father and son, one an unheralded war hero, the other a renowned artist.
The father, Jack Jouett Jr., played a little known but pivotal role in the American Revolution, saving Thomas Jefferson and the Virginia legislature from capture by the British.
On June 3, 1781, the young militia captain was enjoying himself at a tavern in Louisa, Virginia, when he happened to spy British troops riding in. He quickly surmised that they were on their way to Charlottesville, where Governor Jefferson and the legislature had fled after Benedict Arnold's raid on Richmond. Jack made a heroic, all-night 40-mile ride through back roads to sound the alarm at Monticello.
Virginia's legislature honored Jack for his bravery, awarding him two fine pistols and a sword. Although he is known by many Virginians as their own Paul Revere, his story has fallen into relative obscurity outside the state.
After the war, Jack Jouett settled in what eventually became the state of Kentucky and raised a family.
His second son, Matthew, displayed a talent for portraits at an early age. Nonetheless, Matthew followed his father's wishes and practiced law. He served in the War of 1812, but after the war was over he devoted his energies to his first love, art.
Already respected for his portraits, he sought to become even better. He studied in 1816 under the famous Gilbert Stuart, who said Matthew was the only student he had who was worthy of his teaching. Among the notable men of the era who sat for a portrait by Matthew were the Marquis de Lafayette and Henry Clay.
Matthew died young at age 39, but is renowned to this day as Kentucky's greatest painter.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Logan's Fort set on a slight elevation about fifty yards west of the smaller spring at St. Asaph. The fort was 90 X 150 feet and was constructed of logs. Gates were located at each end and were raised and lowered by leather thongs. The main gate faced east.
Along the south side, two blockhouses were built, one on each end, with three cabins between, which were occupied by Wm. Menniffee, Wm. Whitley and the James Mason families. On the north side, only one blockhouse was built. It was on the northwest corner. There were four cabins adjoining occupied by George Clark, Benjamin Logan, Benjamin Pettit and Samuel Coburn.
A conventional cabin occupied the northeast corner. This was the only corner of the fort without a blockhouse. The cabin that Logan built in 1775 was a part of the fort.
The fort's water came from a spring that lay 50 yards to the east. A tunnel was dug from inside the southeastern blockhouse to the springhouse, which covered the spring.
The tunnel was four feet deep and three feet wide. A person could obtain water, undetected, in time of siege by the Indians.
The land about the fort had been cleared of all trees and cane so the Indians would not have shooting cover to approach the fort. The ridge to the south of St. Asaph's Branch was not cleared and most of the firing of Indian guns came from here. The distance, 200 to 250 yards, was too great, and the shot and arrows had little effect.
At the foot of the hill, on St. Asaph's Branch, just below the fort, the settlers maintained a gristmill. In all probability, this was the first mill built in Kentucky. During his first visit to the fort in late April of 1778, Daniel Trabue spoke of eating bread - something that could not be obtained at Fort Boonesborough.
Thursday, February 13, 2014
Monday, February 3, 2014
Saturday, January 11, 2014
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
After serving in the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War, Thomas Todd studied law and land surveying under his cousin Harry Innes. In 1784 Todd move to Kentucky when Judge Harry Innes was appointed to begin the federal court in Danville, Kentucky. During his time in Danville, Todd served as a clerk for five Constitutional Conventions regarding Kentucky's statehood. After being admitted to the bar in 1788, Todd was a clerk to federal Judge Innes and served as the clerk of the Kentucky House of Representatives until 1799 when the Kentucky Supreme Court was created and Todd was appointed its chief clerk. Kentucky Governor James Garrard appointed Todd to fill the a newly added seat to the Court, and five years later he was named Chief Justice of the Kentucky Court. In 1807, United States President Thomas Jefferson appointed Todd, then age forty-one, to United States Supreme Court where he served until his death in 1826. After his appointment to the Supreme Court, Todd remained active in local and state affairs.
In 1818, while serving on the U.S. Supreme Court, Todd purchased the house on Wapping Street and lived there with his second wife Lucy (Payne) Washington, sister of Dolley Madison. Todd died on February 7, 1826 and was buried in the Innes family cemetery. Later Todd was reinterred in the at Frankfort Cemetery.
Sunday, September 22, 2013
The 'Old Stone Meeting House' on Howards Lower Creek, Clark County, Ky., is said to be the oldest church that is now in existence between the Alleghany and the Rocky Mountains.
Built before the year 1796 by a colony of Baptists who came from Virginia.
Sunday, September 8, 2013
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Holly Rood - Later known as Clark Mansion - is one of the most historic homes in Clark County. It's construction was started 1813 by James Clark (12th Governor of Kentucky) and followed simple lines of federal style architecture from his native Virgina. Upon completion in 1814, the new house was named Holly Rood for the home of Mrs. Clark's father. He had named his home in Virgina after the country estate of Mary, Queeen of Scots. The home is open to individual and group guided tours by special arrangements.
Sunday, August 25, 2013
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Texian (i.e., Republic of Texas) Army, theUnited States Army, and the Confederate States Army. He saw extensive combat during his military career, fighting actions in the Texas War of Independence, the Mexican-American War, the Utah War, and the American Civil War.
Considered by Confederate President Jefferson Davis to be the finest (and the second-highest ranking) general officer in the Confederacy before the emergence of Robert E. Lee, he was killed early in the Civil War at the Battle of Shiloh and was the highest-ranking officer, Union or Confederate, killed during the entire war.Davis believed the loss of Johnston "was the turning point of our fate".
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
It is of Italianate style with a majestic two- story clock tower rising above the building.
The courthouse was built on the site of a previous courthouse that was destroyed by fire in 1860.
Thursday, August 15, 2013
Clay was the son of Greene and Sally Clay. Born 1810 and died 1903. Known as the " Lion of Whitehall", Clay was a cousin of Henry Clay; abolitionist; Ambassador to Russia; and Union General.
Cassius Clay was a pioneer, a southern aristocrat who became a prominent anti-slavery crusader. He was a son of Green Clay, one of the wealthiest landowners and slaveholders in Kentucky. Clay worked toward emancipation, both as a Kentucky state representative and as an early member of the Republican Party. He spent 25 years of his life publishing "The True American" before Lincoln tapped him and asked, "Tell me about your Proclamation of Emancipation."
Clay attended Transylvania University and then graduated from Yale College in 1832. While at Yale, he heard abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison speak, and Garrison's lecture inspired Clay to join the antislavery movement. Garrison’s arguments were to him “as water is to a thirsty wayfarer.” Clay was politically pragmatic, supporting gradual legal change rather than the immediacy of the Garrisonians. 
Clay served three terms in the Kentucky House of Representatives, but he lost support among Kentucky voters as his platform became more focused on ending slavery. His anti-slavery activism won him enemies. During a political debate in 1843, he survived an assassination attempt by a hired gun, named Sam Brown, and despite being shot in the chest, and being restrained by the attacker's confederates, he defended himself, seriously wounding his attacker with his Bowie knife and throwing him over an embankment.
In 1845, he began publishing an anti-slavery newspaper called the True American in Lexington, Kentucky. Within a month he received death threats, had to arm himself, and had to barricade the doors of his newspaper office for protection. Shortly after, a mob of about sixty men broke into his office and seized his printing equipment, which they shipped to Cincinnati, Ohio. Clay continued publication there.
Again in 1849 while making a speech for slave emancipation he was attacked by the six Turner brothers, who beat, stabbed and attempted to shoot him, in the ensuing fight Clay fought off all six and killed Cyrus Turner after regaining his Bowie knife that had been taken from him earlier in the fight.
Even though he opposed the annexation of Texas, Clay served in the Mexican-American War as a Captain from 1846 to 1848. His connections to the northern antislavery movement remained strong, and he was a founder of the Republican party and a friend ofAbraham Lincoln, supporting him for the presidency. Clay was briefly a candidate for the vice presidency at the 1860 Republican National Convention, but lost the nomination to Hannibal Hamlin.
William Holloway House / Rose Hill, Hillsdale Street, Richmond, Kentucky
In the interior a curved stairwell and winding staircase with turned balusters continue the stylish ornament present on the exterior. The house once had massive walnut cupboards and silver doorknobs. Plaster rosettes, with a particularly complex one centered above the staircase, mark the ceilings. The plaster cornice is intricately detailed. Projecting cornices over shouldered architrave door frames contain the same egg-and-dart motif and bead molding that can be seen on the exterior entablature of the frontispiece.
One of Richmond’s most recognized buildings, the Holloway House is the largest example in Richmond of Greek Revival styling in a residence. Five bays, separated by brick pilasters, pierce the front facade which is laid in a Flemish bond. A plain classical entablature beneath a low-pitched gable roof surrounds this single-pile residence. The entablature and raking cornice create pediments on the gable ends. Tall, flutted Ionic columns on a three-bay two-story portico in the center of the front facade support this same entablature as well as a classical pediment. Transoms and sidelights in the central doorway are surmounted by an orate entablature having acanthus leaf detailing and are framed by simple pilasters. The design for this frontispiece was adapted from drawings by Minard Lafever (1797-1854), a New York-New Orleans architect and author of several design books.
Originally named Rosehill, the Holloway resident once faced, uninterrupted, the entrance to the Richmond Cemetery (MASE-23) and stood on a thirty-two acre estate owned by William Holloway (1810-1883), a leading Richmond merchant, and his wife Elizabeth Field. Reputedly, Bereans were lodged in the house in 1859 while fleeing Kentucky, and it reportedly was open to Union soldiers during the battle of Richmond. Jonathan T. Estill, its second owner, was a major and paymaster in the Union Army. The house was called Estillhurst during Estill’s ownership.
The Holloway House was purchased in 1938 by the Telford community Center, a corporation devoted to civic, religious,
Thursday, June 27, 2013
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
There she met Abraham Lincoln whom she married in 1842. They had four children: Robert Todd, Edward, William, and Thomas (Tad); all but the eldest, Robert Todd, predeceased her. Although Mary Todd Lincoln lived the normal domestic life of typical nineteenth-century, middle-class women, she always had a strong interest in political issues and in her husband's career.
Monday, May 20, 2013
Joseph Desha (December 9, 1768 – October 11, 1842) was a U.S. Representative and the ninth governor of the U.S. state of Kentucky. After the revocation of the Edict of Nantes, Desha's Huguenot ancestors fled from France to Pennsylvania, where Desha was born. Eventually, Desha's family settled near present-dayGallatin, Tennessee, where they were involved in many skirmishes with the Indians. Two of Desha's brothers were killed in these encounters, motivating him to volunteer for "Mad" Anthony Wayne's campaign against the Indians during the Northwest Indian War. Having by then resettled in Mason County, Kentucky, Desha parlayed his military record into several terms in the state legislature.