Officials Move To Preserve Hero's Birthplace

Sep 28, 2013

MAYSVILLE, Ky -- Officials are taking action to preserve the log cabin birthplace of U.S. Army Col. Charles Young in May's Lick.

Charles Young
Charles Young
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 The Ledger Independent reports that Mason County commissioners Annette Walters and Pat McKay IV, along with Judge-Executive James L. "Buddy" Gallenstein, have voted to purchase the 38 acre farm for $220,000.


The property is known to many as the former Rushmeyer property, At the farm's entrance is a historic marker recognizing the achievements of Young, the third African American to graduate from West Point in 1889.

Birthplace of Charles Young
Birthplace of Charles Young
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Young went on to serve as a Buffalo Soldier and foreign diplomat in Liberia and Nigeria. Young died in Nigeria on Jan. 8, 1922, and his remains were buried in Arlington Cemetery in 1923.

Gallenstein said the next step is to come up with a plan to preserve the cabin and make the site available to the public. The sale of the property is expected to be complete in October.

Young was born in May's Lick and later moved with his parents to Ripley, Ohio.

The Charles Young House Museum in Wilberforce, Ohio, was designated a national monument in March by President Barack Obama. The house has been on the National Historic Landmark since 1974.

Lexingtonians are very familiar with Colonel Young.  A community center in the city's East End neighborhood bears the military hero's name.