Sunday, June 27, 2021
Centre Family Home
Cricketeer retirement party
Thursday, June 24, 2021
Famous Harrodsburg Writing Family
From naturalist poet Wendell Berry to Gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson to Appalachian novelist Silas House, Kentucky has produced some of the most incredible writers the world has ever known, and Mercer County is no exception. One Harrodsburg family produced three prolific writers, as well as a connection to a fourth.
Maria T. Daviess (October 31, 1814 – December 19, 1896) was a 19th-century American author of Kentucky. Her parents were John B. Thompson, Sr. and Nancy Porter Robards. She was a well-known writer of her day, a regular correspondent of The Country Gentleman and Coleman's Rural World. Her last contribution for The Country Gentleman was written on her eighty-second birthday. (The Mother)
Her publications include the poems:
“A Harvest Hymn”
“Roger Sherman, A Tale of '76”
“Cultivation and Uses of the Chinese Sugar-Cane”
Also, her column in The Harrodsburg Democrat, “History of Mercer and Boyle Counties” (1886) became the book, History of Mercer and Boyle Counties, in 1924.
Hannah Daviess Pittman was born in 1840, in Harrodsburg, Kentucky, the eldest daughter of Maj. William Daviess and author Maria Thompson Daviess. She graduated from the Presbyterian College of Harrodsburg in 1857 and then married Williamson Haskins Pittman (1823-1875), a prominent wholesale dry goods merchant of St. Louis. She was for sixteen years a member of the staff of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and during that time was also associated with John R. Reavis as assistant editor of the St. Louis Spectator, a weekly paper. (The Daughter)
Her books include:
The Belle of the Bluegrass Country: Studies in Black and White (1906)
The Heart of Kentucky (1908)
Go Forth and Find (1910)
Get Married, Young Men and The Heart of a Doll (1908)
Americans of Gentle Birth and their Ancestors (1912)
In Dreamland : A Story of Living and Giving (ca. 1915)
Maria Thompson Daviess (November 28, 1872 – September 3, 1924), one of the founders of the Nashville Equal Suffrage League, was an American artist and feminist author. Daviess was born in Harrodsburg, Kentucky, on November 28, 1872. She was named after her grandmother, Maria T. Daviess. Her parents were John Burton Thompson Daviess (a relative of the Harrodsburg-born writer Zoe Anderson Norris) and Leonora Hamilton Daviess. She never married and had no children. (The Granddaughter)
Her books include:
Miss Selina Lue and the Soap-box Babies (1909)
The Road To Providence (1910)
Rose of Old Harpeth (1911)
The Treasure Babies (1911)
The Melting of Molly (1912)
The Elected Mother, A Story of Woman's Equal Rights (1912)
Andrew the Glad (1913)
The Tinder Box (1913)
Sue Jane (1913)
Phyllis (1914; a "Harpeth Valley" story)
Over Paradise Ridge (1915)
The Daredevil (1916) – filmed in 1918
The Heart's Kingdom (1917)
Out of a Clear Sky (1917) – filmed in 1918 as Out of a Clear Sky with Marguerite Clark
The Golden Bird (1918) – filmed in 1918 as Little Miss Hoover with Marguerite Clark
Bluegrass and Broadway (1919)
The Matrix (1920)
Seven Times Seven (1924) (autobiography)
Maria T. Daviess’ son, John B. Thompson, married Martha Anderson, who was a sister of the Harrodsburg-born writer Zoe Anderson Norris (February 29, 1860 – February 13, 1914). Norris was a Kentucky-born journalist, novelist, short story writer, and publisher, known for her bimonthly magazine, The East Side (1909–1914), which focused on impoverished immigrants in New York. She also had numerous journalistic endeavors, as well as poetry and fiction work. (The Mother's son's sister-in-law)
Monday, June 21, 2021
Road to Brooklyn Bridge
Shaker Heights Service Station
The following is an article from Gardens to Gables by Janie-Rice Brother about the old service station located on highway 68 near Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill.
June 16, 2021 by Janie-Rice Brother
One of the thrills of my profession and avocation is when someone decides to save a historic building. Last week, I received an email from the new owners of the wonderful historic filling station on US 68 in Mercer County, Kentucky – and they want to restore it!
I may have squealed a bit and done a tiny dance. And then – I was browsing through Instagram and I saw THIS!
Do forgive my multiple exclamation points – sometimes being a lover of historic buildings is a sad and depressing path. Writing about demolitions, worrying about the farmland I see from the windows of my house, and tallying up the costs of restoring our enormous wood windows – when happy news arrives, celebration is definitely in order.
I first wrote about this little filling station and its irresistible geode-festooned façade in June 2020, as the realities of shut downs and Pandemic life were only beginning to take root. So I could not conduct any research beyond my own library and my own photographs. The new owners, along with the joyous news of their intentions, also shared an amazing historic photograph.
I hope to share more of this story as it progresses, and I hope you will join with me in wishing the new owners the very best of luck and a heartfelt thank you for their decision to save this historic treasure.
Friday, June 18, 2021
Harrodsburg's 150th Anniversary - 1924
Can we do it again?
Monday, June 14, 2021
Jennie Magoffin Hardin
Sunday, June 6, 2021
Tobacco Warehouse fire
Harrodsburg Opera House
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