Lexington, KY – City, community, and preservation groups helped usher in a third century for the historic Morton House in Duncan Park. Lexington History Museum President Jamie Millard, says buildings like the Morton House provide a tangible reminder of the time when Lexington was known as the "Athens of the West".
As part of the celebration, Vice Mayor Jim Gray accepted a BGT Plaque from the Bluegrass Trust for Historic Preservation; which connotes respect and appreciation for the Morton House's architectural and historical significance. The mansion was built in 1810 by prominent Lexington businessman and entrepreneur William "Lord" Morton. It was once owned by the famous abolitionist Cassius Marcellus Clay, and today, it houses the Center for Women, Children and Families.