Kentucky Historical Society
New Historical Marker Commemorates Louisville Highlands Neighborhood

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, September 08, 2015  
Contact Information:  Becky Riddle
502-564-1792, ext. 4474

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Sept. 8, 2015) – The Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) will dedicate a new historical marker Sept. 19 to commemorate a neighborhood in the Highlands area of Louisville. The event and marker will be in the triangular greenspace where Baxter Avenue, Winter Avenue and Grinstead Drive meet at 11 a.m. EDT.

The marker gives the neighborhood’s history back to the 1815 establishment of a plantation known as the “Briar Patch” by Maj. William Preston. Bardstown Pike, approved in 1819, helped drive commerce and population growth. By 1865, the area was known as New Hamburg because of the many German immigrants who settled there. Development continued with the extension of the city’s streetcar line. St. Anthony’s Hospital opened in the neighborhood in 1901 to serve the poor, needy and infirm. It operated for 94 years.

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 KHS administers the Kentucky Historical Marker Program in cooperation with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.


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