DANVILLE, Ky. (AP) — New plaques have started going up on historic homes in Danville.
The move is part of an effort by Boyle Landmark Trust to draw attention to historic homes in the central Kentucky county. The organization is selling the plaques under a new program.
Trust board member Ken Harmon told The Advocate-Messenger (bit.ly/19g1LgB) that he started the program to recognize the area's history and make sure future generations can enjoy it.
"I just think it's part of our obligation to future generations to make sure history is preserved in events that led to the creation of Danville and Boyle County," Harmon said. "I know no better way to do it than preserving these buildings."
Plaques can be purchased by those who own homes that are more than a century old.
Trust chairwoman Barbara Hulette said the program will improve the historical awareness of residents all over the county.
"It raises awareness for each particular property that applies for a plaque because research has to be done to determine its age," Hulette said. "It gives credence to the historic homes and buildings for downtown, for historic districts and the outlying areas, the farms, in Boyle County that are at least 100 years old."
Harmon and Hulette said the program honors Cecil Dulin Wallace, who founded the trust.
"We're trying to carry on her legacy," Hulette said.
"This also furthers our own mission because we're interested in people caring for and preserving historic homes and places of business," she said. "This will help us identify those and educate the public as to how to value their property."
Hulette said the trust is looking into installing a plaque on the Willis Russell House, which was a school for African-American children in the 1800s, but must do restoration work on it first.
Board member Yvonne Rettie said she bought a plaque for her home, which was built sometime between 1896 and 1901.
"We have a lot of beautiful, old, historic homes, and I think it's wonderful Danville has a program to recognize these," she said. "We're not building a new house, we're taking advantage of an old historic structure. You can't afford to build a house like this anymore."
Information from: The (Danville, Ky.) Advocate-Messenger, http://www.centralkynews.com/amnews