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Public invited to take part in workshops and tours offered during the Kentucky Historic Preservation Conference Sept. 20-22 in Princeton

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, August 29, 2012  
Revision Date:  Wednesday, August 29, 2012 
Contact Information:  Diane Comer
(502) 564-7005 Ext. 120

FRANKFORT, Ky. – "Selling Historic Properties Successfully," a daylong workshop for real estate professionals, will be one of several workshops and tours offered as part of the 2012 Kentucky Historic Preservation Conference, Sept. 20-22 in Princeton. Other extended tracks will cover cemetery preservation, the Civil War and preservation basics.

Those interested in the workshops and tours do not have to register for the full conference to attend; however, early bird discounts for full conference registration continue through Friday. For more information or online registration, visit

The real estate workshop will focus on marketing historic homes and the benefits they offer. Historic designations, rules and regulations related to historic zoning, common architectural styles, the inherent “greenness“ and sustainability of reusing buildings, economic advantages, and incentives such as historic preservation tax credits will be explored. The workshop will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, at Adsmore House and Gardens Carriage House. The cost is $75, and six hours of continuing education credits – including three law credits – are available.

Jason Church, materials conservator for the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training, will lead "Our History Rests Here: Preservation and Restoration of Historic Cemeteries," a hands-on workshop from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sept. 20 in Dawson Springs Cemetery, continuing 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 21 at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Princeton. Participants will learn all aspects of cemetery care and conservation, including how to properly research and document historic cemeteries; how to clean, repair and reset simple grave markers; how to plan for perpetual care of cemeteries and more. The cost is $75 and registration is limited to 40.

A Civil War track will take place from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sept. 21 at Adsmore House and Gardens Carriage House. The workshop is intended to bring a cross-section of Civil War enthusiasts together to review initiatives across the state, with presentations by professionals as well as volunteers. Topics will include John Hunt Morgan's Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio raid; history and archaeology projects at The Battle of Tebbs Bend; recent Civil War preservation successes; and a review of proper archaeology techniques at Civil War sites. The cost is $75, the same as the one-day conference rate.

"Preservation 101: The Basics" is free and will take place from 9 to 10:50 a.m. Sept. 22 in the Caldwell County Courthouse main courtroom. Topics will include how to research the history of a home, good preservation principles, and programs that can offer assistance including state and federal rehabilitation tax credits and the benefits of listing in the National Register of Historic Places. No registration is required.

The following tours are offered Sept. 20; all depart from the Princeton Tourist Welcome Center:

  • Mantle Rock Archaeology Tour: Led by the director of the Kentucky Archaeology Survey, Dr. David Pollack, this tour will highlight several archaeological sites within the Mantle Rock Nature Preserve, including the Mantle Rock sandstone arch, rock shelters, the Mantle Rock Petroglyph, the McGilligan Creek Mound Complex and the McGilligan Creek Village Site. Archaeological deposits at the Mantle Rock Nature Preserve date back to 8,000 B.C. Tour time is 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; cost is $55 per person.
  • Land of Lakes Tour: The relocated communities of Eddyville and Kuttawa will be explored in this tour, including historic Old Eddyville and the Kentucky State Penitentiary, the “Castle on the Cumberland,” a massive stone prison constructed between 1884-1890. Participants will learn more about the history of the prison, local communities and Lyon County at the nearby Rose Hill Museum, then travel to Cherokee State Park at Kentucky Lake, Kentucky’s first segregated state park, and the historic Wilson Blair African American one-room school in Fredonia. Tour time is 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; cost is $55 per person.
  • Discover Dawson Springs: This tour will explore the unique history of Dawson Springs, from its development as a railroad town to the discovery of mineral wells in the late 19th century and an explosion in popularity that led it to become one of the South’s leading health resort destinations. Participants will visit the Dawson Springs Museum and Art Center, a local National Register district, local Works Progress Administration and Civilian Conservation Corps buildings, and historic Riverside Park, site of spring training for the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1914 through 1917. Tour time is 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; cost is $35 per person.

This year is the first time the biennial conference is taking place away from a major metropolitan region, and this regional approach is reflected in the theme "Our Towns: Partnering Regionally, Preserving Locally," which emphasizes the need to focus local efforts in neighborhoods and communities while seeking opportunities to work together regionally for the economic benefit of all.

Conference co-sponsors are the Kentucky Heritage Council/State Historic Preservation Office and Preservation Kentucky Inc., with presenting sponsors the city of Princeton, Princeton Main Street/Renaissance on Main, Princeton Tourism Commission, Lyon County Tourism, and the Dawson Springs Main Street and Preservation Program, with assistance from many other local organizations.

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An agency of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, the Kentucky Heritage Council / State Historic Preservation Office is responsible for the identification, protection and preservation of prehistoric resources and historic buildings, sites and cultural resources throughout the Commonwealth, in partnership with other state and federal agencies, local communities and interested citizens. This mission is integral to making communities more livable and has a far-ranging impact on issues as diverse as economic development, jobs creation, affordable housing, tourism, community revitalization, environmental conservation and quality of life. 

Preservation Kentucky is the statewide membership-based historic preservation nonprofit dedicated to preserving Kentucky's historic and prehistoric places through education and advocacy.



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Last Updated 8/29/2012