The Grayson County Historical Society was recently able to refurbish three historical site markers within the county through private donations and a Kentucky Historical Society program which covers 20 percent of the cost for each marker.
To refurbish just one of these markers, the cost is over $800, according to the local society. The three markers which the group was able to repair included the “Washington’s Land” marker in the Yeaman community, the marker for “The Cedars,” which is now the private residence of Dr. Jay Nichols, and the marker for the Jack Thomas House on East Main Street.
Donations were received from the Joiner, Porter, Green and Nichols families to cover the cost of the repairs.
Unfortunately, only a week after the re-installation of the Cedars marker, the sign was struck by a vehicle, causing it to fall and break in half. The group hopes that due to the nature of the incident, it’s repair will be covered by an insurance policy.
The Historical Society would like to encourage anyone interested in refurbishing a particular marker to contact them to make donations toward the project.
In other Historical Society news, the group received a $5,000 grant from the Leitchfield Tourism Board which will allow them to keep the historical Jack Thomas House staffed and open to the public. The funds will be used to pay a part-time employee to give tours and information to visitors.