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Kentucky Heritage Council
Review Board to consider National Register nominations Tuesday in Frankfort

Press Release Date:  Monday, December 08, 2008  
Contact Information:  Diane Comer
(502) 564-7005 Ext. 120

FRANKFORT, Ky. – The Kentucky Historic Preservation Review Board will consider four nominations for listing in the National Register of Historic Places during its next meeting at 10 a.m. (EST) Tuesday, December 9 at Paul Sawyier Public Library, 319 Wapping Street, Frankfort.  The meeting is open to the public.

The review board is charged with hearing and considering nominations to the National Register, administered by the National Park Service (NPS) and state historic preservation offices, including the Kentucky Heritage Council.  Nominations approved by the review board are forwarded for final consideration to the NPS, an agency of the U.S. Department of the Interior, which usually issues a final determination within 60 to 90 days.

The National Register is the nation’s official list of historic and archaeological resources deemed worthy of preservation.  Kentucky has the fourth highest number of National Register listings in the nation – more than 3,200 listings of districts, sites and structures encompassing more than 42,000 historic features.  Nominations to be considered Tuesday are:

Fayette County
James E. Pepper Distillery
, 1200 Manchester Street, Lexington – Nominated for its local significance within the historic context of bourbon production in Lexington, the distillery was the only fully operational whiskey distillery in Fayette County during the post-Repeal era, with a period of significance from 1934 to 1958.  The site features a complex of contributing buildings including a distilling plant, office/service building, storage warehouse, bonded warehouse, two outbuildings, water tower and settling tank.

LaRue County
Buffalo School
, 50 School Loop, Buffalo – The Buffalo School began as a one-room schoolhouse originally constructed in 1936 as a Works Progress Administration (WPA) project.  Over the years the school was enlarged with three additions and operated until 2007.  The site also features a gymnasium dating to 1879.  The school was nominated within the historic context of community development in Buffalo.

McCracken County
Kenmil Place
, 4300 Alben Barkley Drive, Paducah – Nominated as embodying the distinctive characteristics of a locally significant type of construction, Kenmil Place is a two-story double-pile brick Classical Revival home adapted from what was originally an Italianate farmhouse dubbed “Brighton,” which dated to 1869.  Outbuildings on the farm include a wellhouse, smokehouse, garage, 1923 playhouse and a cabin dating to the late 1800s.

Barren County
Jewell Site Complex
, Barren River State Resort Park – This nomination is for an archaeological site on federal property owned by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Barren River Lake in Barren and Allen counties.  According to the nomination, it is the “single most significant prehistoric site at Barren River Lake.”  Based on currently available data, it is the largest and most complex of the Mississippian sites in the area, with a period of significance dating from A.D. 1000 to 1750.

National Register listing can be applied to buildings, objects, structures, districts and archaeological sites, and proposed sites must be significant in architecture, engineering, American history or culture, or possess a special role in the development of our country.  The status does not affect property ownership rights but does provide a measure of protection against adverse impacts from federally funded projects.  Owners of National Register properties may qualify for federal or state tax credits for certified rehabilitation of these properties or by making a charitable contribution of preservation easements.

For more information, call the Heritage Council at 502-564-7005, ext. 120, or visit

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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 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.


Last Updated 12/8/2008