Friday, October 12, 2007
Thursday, October 11, 2007
A public meeting was held at the court-house on Wednesday, July 17, 1883, to raise funds to establish an asylum for these children. It was largely attended, and $4,400 were collected for the purpose. A house and lot, formerlyalester, Mrs. Ross, Mrs. Geohegan, Mrs. Edmiston, Miss Barry, Miss M. Merrill, and Mrs. Short. The managers furnished the house, procured a matron and an assistant, and gathered and sheltered all the dest the property of Dr. James Fishback, and located on Third Street, between Broadway and Jefferson was purchased.
On Wednesday, August 14th, the institution was organized with the following managers, viz: Mrs. Wickliffe, Mrs. Sayre, Mrs. Tilford, Mrs. Gratz, Mrs. Erwin, Mrs. Bruen, Mrs. W. Richardson, Mrs. Putnam, Mrs. Chipley, Mrs. J. Norton, Mrs. Graves, Mrs. Dewees, Mrs. Ward, Mrs. L. Stephens, Mrs. J.W. Hunt, Mrs. Peers, Mrs. Leavy, Mrs. Macitute orphans in the city who had been deprived of both parents.
Sunday, October 7, 2007
He was named Smiley because he had a way of baring his teeth that looked like a grin. He had a daily routine: hamburger and waffles at Brandy’s Kitchen, a bowl of draft beer at the Turf Bar, a Hershey bar at Short and Lime Liquor, a dog biscuit and water at Carter’s Supply and, in the evening, popcorn at the old Opera House, when it was a movie theater.
Pete, who was part spitz, part shepherd, part bird dog and a few other unidentifiable bloodlines, belonged to everybody and belonged to nobody. Somebody at Welch’s Cigar Store made sure he got regular baths. And once, during a rabies scare, downtown merchants took up a collection and housed Pete in a kennel until the danger was past.
After his death on June 18, 1957, a plaque with Smiley Pete’s likeness was placed in the sidewalk at Main and Limestone. That plaque was removed in 1990 and put in the hands of Robert A. Welch, who owned Welch’s Cigar Store. He restored the plaque and gave it to the city archives, where it remains awaiting replacement downtown.
Pete’s friends buried him under a big sycamore tree at 904 North Broadway. His gravestone says: “Smiley Pete — A Friend to All and a Friend of All.”
A Smiley Pete Award is given annually by the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government.
Its purpose is to recognize an individual “who makes others enjoy being downtown.”
Cross it before you toss it
Saturday, October 6, 2007
Friday, October 5, 2007
Thursday, October 4, 2007
Tuesday, October 2, 2007
In 1882 john McMurty built the Floral Hall on the grounds of the fair ground. The hall was originally used as an exhibition hall for floral displays.
The white brick building is approximately four stories tall surmounted by a large windowed cupola. The interior of the building is a large open space that is used for special occasions.
The 1963 the Floral Hall was renovated, and the name was changed to the Standard Stable of Memories.
Today, although not open to the public, the Standardbred Stable of Memories is the most visible building on the property of the Red Mile.
Monday, October 1, 2007
Eastern State Psychiatric Hospital is located in Lexington, Kentucky. The hospital was established by a legislative act of December 4, 1822 and is the 2nd oldest psychiatric hospital in the United States. On May 1, 1824 the hospital, known then as the Lunatic Asylum, welcomed it's first patient. Over the years, the name has changed several times, until 1912 when the General Assembly officially renamed it Eastern State Hospital.
Sunday, September 30, 2007
Burials occurred in African Cemetery No. 2 as early as the 1820's, initially the land was purchased and chartered as a burial ground by The Colored Peoples Union Benevolent Society No. 2 in 1869.
The cemetery is approximately 8 acres in size and contains over 5,000 graves of which only 1,200 are identified and fewer than 600 contain identifiable markers. There have been no burials since 1974.The Cemetery is the final resting place for forty-eight United States Colored Troops, eleven Buffalo Soldiers, seventeen who fought in World War I, and four World War II veterans.
Saturday, September 29, 2007
Sitting to night in my chamber, a school girl figure
and lonely, I kiss the end of my finger, that and that only.
Reveries rises from the smokey mouth.
Memories linger surround me.
Boys that are married or single.
Gather around me.
School boys in pantalets roumping,
Boys that now are growing to be young lands,
Boys that kiked to be Kissed; and like to give kisses.
Kisses. I remember them: Those in the corner were fleetest:
Sweet were those won the Sly in the Dark were the sweetest.
Girls are tender and gentle. To woo was allmost to win them.
They lips are good as ripe peaches, and cream for finger.
Girls are sometimes flirts, and coquettish;
Now catch and Kiss if you can sin:
could I catch both - ah, wasent I a happy Girl.
Boys is pretty and blooming sweetly,
yea sweetness over their rest!
Them I loved dearly and truely. Last and the best.
Writing by Belle Brezing, Lexington Ky
Friday, September 28, 2007
She started out working for a madam in Mary Todd's childhood home on Main Street. With money from a wealthy client, she built a three story brick, 27 room mansion.
In 1938 Belle was diagnosed with uterine cancer; she died at 4:30 am, Sunday, Aug. 11, 1940. She is buried in the Calvary Cemetery on West Main Street.
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
The tour guides are are very pleasant to be around and they walk you through each room of the house giving you the history that surrounds the room. They are very, very, very informative tour guides. Before they move to the next room on the list they always ask for any question you might have.
I believe the fee for the tour is seven dollars for an adult. The tour last for around an hour.
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Monday, September 24, 2007
In 1799 President John Adams named Hunt as postmaster of Lexington Kentucky. As postmaster, Mr. Hunt established a mail route from Lexington to Washington, D.C. And in 1814, Hunt built a two-story brick mansion known as "Hopemont" in Gratz Park.
Sunday, September 23, 2007
Saturday, September 22, 2007
Friday, September 21, 2007
The Mentelle's were very cultured and well educated. They moved to Lexington, Kentucky in 1798, and opened a French school at Transylvania Seminary. Shortly after that, a tract of land was donated to them. The land was located across the road from the estate of U.S. Senator Henry Clay.
The Mentelle's opened an all girl boarding school at that location. One of the most notable students that attended the school was Mary Todd Lincoln. The school closed in 1860 when Madame Mentelle passed away.
The park contains life-size bronze figures of the seven greatest thoroughbreds along with the seven greatest jockeys: Randy Romero, Pat Day, Bill Shoemaker, Jerry Bailey, Don Brumfield, Chris McCarron and Craig Perret streaking toward the finish line. The park also contains sculptures of brood mares and fouls scattered throughout the park.
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Around the perimeter of the Blue Hole the water is clear. Several inches from the outer perimeter, the water starts to develop a greenish-blue tint - which is really an amazing site to see. The Blue Hole has a depth of 15 feet, but you can only see a depth of about a foot or two if you look through the clear water of the outer perimeter.
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
The Old Episcopal Burying Ground cemetery is most remembered for the 1833 cholera epidemic, during which Christ Church lost approximately one third of its congregation. It was in this cemetery that William "King" Solomon laid to rest dozens of bodies when no one else would. The burial ground also contains a small chapel that was built around 1867.
The Old Episcopal Burying Ground is located at 251 East Third St. The cemetery is not regularly open to the public but private tours can be given by appointment.
Other notable people that resided at "Hopemont" include John Wesley Hunt's grandson, General John Hunt Morgan, a general in the Confederate Army. Thomas Hunt Morgan, the only Kentuckian to have won the Nobel Prize, was born in the house in 1866.
The House has many beautiful architectural features, including the Palladian window with fan and sidelights that grace its front façade, as well as a large spiral staircase in the front entranceway. In 1955 the Blue Grass Trust for Historic Preservation was formed to save the home from impending demolition. The organization restored the home to its Federal appearance.
The Hunt-Morgan House is located in the Gratz Park Historic District at 201 N. Mill St. The house and Alexander T. Hunt Civil War Museum are open to the public, with a small admission fee, from the first of March through mid-December. Tours are offered Wednesday through Friday and Sunday from 1:00-4:00 pm on the hour. The house is open for tours on Saturday from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm with tours starting on the hour.
Monday, September 17, 2007
Sunday, September 16, 2007
His debut was at Belmont in a five-furlough maiden race. His most remembered race (because it is the only one he would ever lose) was at Sanford Stakes at Saratoga on August ,13, 1919. His last race was against Sir Barton.
Man o' War died November 1, 1947, in Lexington, Kentucky at the age of 30 of a heart attack. Alot of people believed that he died of a broken heart, because his groom and pal Will Harbut, had died several weeks before.
Man o' War is buried beneath a larger than life bronze statute of himself at the Kentucky horse Park, surrounded by the graves of several of his 379 children. He was the first horse to be embalmed and he was the first horse to be buried in a casket lined with his racing colors, which were black and Gold. Over two thousand people attended his funeral.
The monument sits upon a hill. When you approach the monument from the front, you will notice a double door that is centered at the base of the monument. The doors are chained together to keep you from entering the vault, but you can still look into the front section of the vault and view the marble containers for the coffins.
In the center of the front room of the vault lays the stone container for Henry Clay and to your right aligned against the sidewall lays the stone container for his wife Lucretia. Above the vault, there rises a 120 foot tall Corinthian column surmounted by a statute of Henry Clay.
The monument resulted from the efforts of his friends to build a national Monument to honor Henry Clay's life and work. The proposed cost of building the monument was $43,920, but the final cost was closer to $58,000. The cornerstone for the monument was laid on July 4, 1857, but it was not completed until July 4, 1861.
The Lexington Cemetery is located at 833 West Main St. The cemetery is open to the public from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. year round with self-guided tours.
Mary Todd left Lexington Kentucky to live with her sister in Illinois. There she married Abraham Lincoln. In 1847, while on their way to Washington, Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln brought their two young sons to visit Mary’s home place. During that visit Mr. Lincoln spent hours enjoying Robert Todd’s extensive library.The Mary Todd Lincoln house has the distinction of being the first historic site restored in honor of a First Lady. The house contains period furniture, family portraits and furnishings. A recently added enclosed garden contain trees, plants, herbs and shrubs.