Kentucky Historical Society
KHS to Unveil New Historical Markers June 6 in Hardin and Simpson Counties

Press Release Date:  Friday, May 15, 2015  
Contact Information:  CONTACT: Becky Riddle
becky.riddle@ky.gov
502-564-1792, ext. 4474
 


FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 15, 2015) – The Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) will dedicate two new historical markers June 6.

A Simpson County marker commemorates the history of the Old Stone Jail and jailer’s residence.

The ceremony will take place at 2 p.m. CDT at 206 N. College St. in Franklin.

The Old Stone Jail was built in 1879 in a style based on a medieval fortress to provide both an escape-proof building and a psychological deterrence to crime. It was the fourth jail building in Simpson County and housed civilian prisoners until 1986.

The jailer’s residence dates to 1835. The Greek Revival building served as a jail from 1860 to 1879. Among its inmates during the Civil War were Confederate prisoners who left graffiti on the walls. The county converted the building to the jailer’s residence in 1879.

A Hardin County marker commemorates West Point founder James Young.

The ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. EDT at 109 Elm St., in West Point.

Young, an innkeeper and ferry operator, established West Point on land he owned in 1796. Besides founding the town, he also helped to finance and promote the Louisville-Nashville Turnpike, which evolved into Dixie Highway.

West Point was so named because it was the westernmost English-speaking settlement downstream from the Falls of the Ohio River (Louisville). The area prospered because of its access to the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers.

More than 2,200 historical markers statewide tell Kentucky’s history. More information about the marker application process, a database of markers and their text and the Explore Kentucky History app, a virtual tour of markers by theme, is at history.ky.gov/markers. KHS administers the Kentucky Historical Marker Program in cooperation with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

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The Kentucky Historical Society, an agency of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, was established in 1836 and is committed to helping people understand, cherish and share Kentucky’s history. KHS is fully accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. For more information about KHS and its programs, visit history.ky.gov.