Hunt Morgan House To Get New Marker Today

Apr 13, 2012

One of the oldest historical markers in Kentucky is getting a long overdue makeover.  Officials at the Bluegrass Trust for Historic Preservation scraped together enough money to replace the Hunt Morgan House sign in Gratz Park, which had become virtually unreadable.

Former Lexington Mayor Foster Pettit helped spearhead the fund drive.

"We live across the street, actually, across Second Street.  And so I thought that sign needed to be more readable, and more accurate.   It's in a very historical location", Pettit said.

The Hunt Morgan House dates back to 1814 and was home to both Confederate General John Hunt Morgan, as well as his nephew, Dr. Thomas Hunt Morgan; the first Kentuckian to win a Nobel Prize.

The adjacent state historical sign is also very old, said Pettit. 

"It's number three in the state.  The program I think started in the late 1940's.  This is historical marker number three and they're up to about 2,500 now.  But it was not totally accurate and some one gratuitously tried to make the letters more readable and then painted it with white paint."

The official unveiling takes place outside the house Friday afternoon at 5:30 p.m.