October 31, 2013
Hello to my friends in Logan County and beyond. For almost a decade I have written a column in this news paper about Adairville; its people, its history and its daily happenings. I will truly miss the weekly event.
Some two months ago I purchased a grand old manor house, in Russellville, that dates back to 1830. The historic house comes with a great history. It is probably one of the largest houses built in western Kentucky pre Civil War. A big kitchen, warming room, two side porches and an additional two room living quarters was added in 1860. It has some 15 rooms in total. Yes, it has a grand entrance hall, a story high painted window at the top of the entrance hall steps, a coffin in the basement, a friendly ghost, hidden rooms and one of the prettiest dining rooms in the county. It has several five and six sided rooms. The roof is covered by slate that has been there since it was built. (Some repairs have been made.)
Since moving to Russellville many people have contacted me to tell me that they or other family members once lived in the house. Many others have expressed an interest in seeing the house. If all goes well I will host an open house at Christmas for the Toys For Tots Program.
Now for my main article. I have a wish list for the county that I would like to share. Hopefully over the next few years many of these wishes will come true.
Here they are:
1) A movie complex in our county. It is a shame that our people have to travel 40 or more miles to a theater when we could and should have one right here. Not only can it be time consuming traveling those miles at night but it can be very dangerous as well. (I remember when we had five theaters in the county.)
2) Complete the restoration project on the Main Street Theater across from the Plant Board. This is a much needed project that is long overdue for completion. This is a cultural jewel for Russellville and the county. It is a shame a town like Russellville does not have a performing arts building. Touring shows would be able to bring great events here and it would bring many tourist and folks from nearby counties. Movies could be shown as well.
3) A good county fair. Most people in our county do not even know we have a county fair. County fairs are back. They are drawing large crowds all over America and particularly in the south. Rides, exhibits, vendors, food and good entertainment bring the people out in large numbers. Two or three animal competitions are not a county fair. Some new imagination, planning and goal setting in much needed.
4) Improved Humane Society quarters are greatly needed. The society does great work in what is a city and county responsibility. It is a travesty that many of the unwanted animals do not have a better living situation. I do not know what all the dogs housed outside will do when cold winter weather really hits. The society workers, volunteers and board do a great service for the entire county. The entire county needs to help the Humane Society.
5) A newly widened Highway 431 needs to be built. The county and state took care of the east –west Highway 68-80 some years ago. It helped bring much needed commerce and more people to our county. Now the county needs to take care of the north-south corridor to help our towns along that route. It will bring many more people into our county and make traveling safer for all.
For the rest of the list, make sure you read next week’s column.
Good night Mrs. Calabash, where ever you are!