Friday, October 1, 2010

A Little Clarification

I think I should do a little clarification on my Thoughtless Thursday post. The simple, yet majestic, doorway is actually the opening to this substantial structure located on our town square.
Constructed of local limestone, it was completed in 1803. It served as the courthouse for our county until 1933. It remains the focal point for our historic town square.
The interior was renovated and completed in 1974. It retains the integrity of the original floor plan.

The exterior of the building is bordered by light posts and chains. A lot of gossip, local business, and general socialisation has occurred while sitting around these chains.


Volunteers make time to keep this structure open to the public. At times political functions, as well as weddings, have happened here.
Not to mention all of the historical court cases.

22 comments:

  1. Love the shot of the outside chains and foliage! Lovely!

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  2. It's just beautiful and I'm glad they stuck to the original floor plan. The doorway is gorgeous, no matter where it leads.

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  3. I,too, got the impression folks thought that was your home.Is that your home on your Opening page banner? You do put a lot of great pictures in your posts.

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  4. thanks for the tour and I loved the song too

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  5. Sawn - That is my home and farm on the banner shot at the top of my blog page. I wish my Thoughtless Thursday doorway was at my farm!

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  6. Such a beautiful place. I can only imagine the history.

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  7. It's a gorgeous building lovingly restored. Thanks for explaining your previous post. :)

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  8. I love the limestone construction. All of the older buildings at one of the colleges near me are constructed with limestone blocks. The campus buildings and grounds are meticulously maintained and it is just gorgeous.

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  9. The building is attributed to Thomas "Stonehammer" Metcalfe, but I don't think we've ever gotten enough clear documentation to prove it. He was responsible for a number of limestone block buildings throughout Kentucky in that period. My father's original medical clinic is directly behind the Old Courthouse, and for as long as I was registered to vote back home, it was where I voted (it is still my parents' precinct). It's a lovely old building and quite typical of the older counties; we are fortunate to still have it, because the other side of the square burned largely to the ground in the 1930s.

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  10. AiredaleGirl - I have also heard that this building was attributed to Thomas Metcalfe. It is a rare thing for our small town to still have this structure. I didn't realize they still used it for voting so recently.

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  11. Nice post and I love the fall colors. Bravo!

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  12. What a beautiful building to have in your small town. Thanks for sharing it.
    Amy

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  13. Thanks for showing us where that doorway leads and a little history of this beautiful building. I too, love the chains and posts as well as the door.

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  14. Thanks for the clarification, this beautiful building seem to be a quite important place in your community.
    I also like the heavy chains and the colors of the foliage.

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  15. Neat story... LOVE the doorway shot, btw.

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  16. BEAUTIFUL..i love to peek into old homes..i think my fave places that ive seen so far are the house of the seven gables in Salem, and in Chester NJ there USED to be an old turkey farm restaurant, unfortunately it sold, was remodeled (the horror) and then went bankrupt...it was so awesome inside..love love love those old homes

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  17. It is a nice, old, building. And constructed of local limestone is a bonus.

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  18. Oooh...I'm glad you shared more! It's wonderful, especially with that fence around it!

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  19. Great pictures! Makes me want to go home. I love to see old buildings restored! Hope you have a great weekend!

    Jessica
    www.belleiciouskids.com

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  20. I love a small historic town like yours. Thanks for sharing this piece of its history. I'm looking forward to more.--Inger

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  21. wow, those trees are beautiful. i love the bldg too.
    you have a great eye!!

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  22. What beautiful colors in these photos!
    I like this! bye !! :))

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