Kentucky Historical Society
New Historical Marker Commemorates Louisville Highlands Neighborhood
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 history.ky.gov/markers.
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 history.ky.gov.