History comes alive with downtown trolley tour


Brittany Wise | GC News-Gazette Community members gathered at the Jack Thomas House for Tuesday evening’s special Historical Society meeting,tour of important historical sights throughout downtown Leitchfield, and watermelon social.

Brittany Wise | GC News-Gazette Community members gathered at the Jack Thomas House for Tuesday evening’s special Historical Society meeting,tour of important historical sights throughout downtown Leitchfield, and watermelon social.

Brittany Wise | GC News-Gazette The Historical Society was joined by representatives from Leitachfield, Clarkson, Caneyville, and Grayson County governments as they signed into effect a proclamation naming June 8 through 14, 2015 “Grayson County History Week.” Pictured are: Front row (seated—from left to right): Caneyville City Commissioner Mike Geary, Clarkson Mayor Bonnie Henderson, Grayson County Deputy Judge-Executive Tom Goff, and Leitchfield City Council Member/G.C. Historical Society board member Kelly Stevenson. Back row (from left to right): Mary Nell Bouvier (board member), Greg Bernard (board member), Allison Helm (board member), Mary Decker (board member/Jack Thomas House hostess), Scotty Gore (G.C. Hist. Soc. Vice President/Clarkson City Commissioner), Scott Carter (G.C. Hist. Soc. President), and Tina Carter (G.C. Hist. Soc. Treasurer). Not present for the photo: Robert Wright (G.C. Hist. Soc. Secretary), Joyce Thomas Legg York (board member), and Phyllis Webb (Jack Thomas House hostess).

Visitors to the recent Historical Society meeting were treated to walking or trolley tours which visited approximately 50 historical sites in downtown Leitchfield.

Visitors to the recent Historical Society meeting were treated to walking or trolley tours which visited approximately 50 historical sites in downtown Leitchfield.

The Grayson County Historical Society offered a special treat to visitors at their meeting on Tuesday evening, June 9.

The group organized historic walking and trolley tours of downtown Leitchfield, which gave members and guests a look into the vibrant past of approximately 50 local spots within a short radius of The Jack Thomas House, where the group enjoyed an outdoor watermelon gathering to end their tours.

The Jack Thomas House is located on East Main Street is a restored historic home which serves as a museum, meeting place, and headquarters for the Historical Society.

In addition to providing a slice of local history within the house, the group announced on Tuesday that they hope to create a special revolving-display museum upstairs which will kick-off by featuring the county’s musical history just in time for the upcoming Freedom and Fiddlin’ Festival on the Leitchfield square on July 17 and 18.

Another event on the horizon is the bean supper and story swap planned for October.

Historical Society President Scott Carter said that the event will be an opportunity for everyone with a story about Grayson County to come by and share as a way of preserving the oral history of the area.

“We are losing these stories,” Carter said, adding that the group hopes to record these oral histories “before they’re forgotten.”

For more information about the Grayson County Historical Society or any of their upcoming events, visit the group’s website at http://www.graysoncokyhistsoc.org or give them a call at (270)230-8989.

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