Kentucky Heritage Council
New listings in the National Register of Historic Places to be celebrated Thursday in Cadiz

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, June 26, 2007  
Contact Information:  Diane Comer
(502) 564-7005 Ext. 120

New sites listed in the National Register of Historic Places
to be celebrated Thursday at Lake Barkley State Resort Park



Recognition of new listings in the National Register of Historic Places:

·         Ballard CountyTrimble House, Wickliffe

·         Butler CountyCarson-Annis Ferry Farm, Morgantown vicinity

·         Graves CountyPete Lyles House, Symsonia



11 a.m. (CDT) Thursday, June 28
Lake Barkley Convention Center, Lake Barkley State Resort Park, Cadiz

The presentation will take place in conjunction with the Kentucky Main Street Program summer meeting June 27-29 at the park.  Immediately following the National Register event, certificates will also be presented to communities that have qualified for 2007 Kentucky Main Street / Renaissance on Main program recertification


Please join property owners, Kentucky Main Street / Renaissance on Main program managers and Donna M. Neary, Executive Director of the Kentucky Heritage Council and State Historic Preservation Officer



As with any house, many influences impacted the Trimble House: the architects, a Kentucky owner, and the culture along the banks of the Mississippi River.  The home was constructed by a town banker, Isaac N. Trimble, who originally resided in a Victorian-era home before he and his neighbors were displaced by two railroads – the Gulf, Mobile, and Ohio and the Illinois Central.  Trimble relocated to Dennett Heights, a prominent high spot in town, and in 1905 built one of the town’s first brick houses featuring a simply detailed yet complex Queen Anne-style structure.  The home’s architects were J.B. Legg and C.S. Holloway of St. Louis, who also designed the Ballard County Courthouse and Methodist Episcopal Church.  Current owners Martha and Jim Wilson have lived in the house since 1954 and recently completed an extensive remodeling.


Located within the Big Bend of the Green River, the Carson-Annis Ferry Farm has a storied past.  Beginning in 1854 and continuing for 70 years, the site was known as Carson’s Landing, a popular stop for riverboat traffic along the Green River.  William Thomas Annis purchased the property in 1904 and began to shift the site’s use from river trade to farming.  In 1939, WPA archaeologists excavated a Native American mound on the site.  Over the years, each of these activities gained National Register recognition for the farm.  In 1985, the National Register listed nine acres for its archaeological content.  In 1998, 2.2 acres of the Carson’s Landing site were listed.  This year, the farm’s entire 301 acres has been added under the direction of the current owners, Carroll and Doris Tichenor, the granddaughter of William Annis.


Born in 1837, Pete Lyles operated a country store and was listed in the 1880 Graves County atlas as a grinder of grain, a custom sawmiller and a dealer in dry goods.  He served a term as a state representative.  In his early 20s he served two years as the town’s postmaster, then held the post again for six years while in his 40s.  He donated the lot on which the town’s Methodist church was erected.  And, through it all he managed to get married and have five children.  The Pete Lyles House was built shortly after the Civil War between Mayfield and Paducah, striking a progressive note as the first in Graves County to adopt Italianate styling yet also including familiar Greek Revival features that were used by leading citizens in any mid-19th-century Kentucky town.  Today the home is owned by Terry McKee and his wife, Michelle, a fifth generation of the Lyles family.


More about the National Register:

Kentucky has the fourth highest number of National Register listings in the nation, with more than 3,200 districts, sites and structures encompassing more than 41,000 historic features.  Administered by the National Park Service and State Historic Preservation Offices, the National Register program is the official list of the nation’s sites deemed worthy of preservation, recognizing a property's archaeological, architectural or historical significance and providing a measure of protection against adverse impacts from federally funded projects.  National Register listing or eligibility is also the first step in qualifying for federal and state tax credits for rehabilitation of historic buildings.  The Kentucky Heritage Council / State Historic Preservation Office administers both the National Register and federal/state rehabilitation tax credit programs in the Commonwealth.


More about the Kentucky Main Street Program and Renaissance on Main:

The Kentucky Main Street Program is the oldest statewide Main Street program in the nation, established by the Kentucky Heritage Council in 1979 to facilitate downtown revitalization, public-private partnerships and local economic development within the context of historic preservation.  Today more than 100 communities participate in partnership with Renaissance on Main, which offers grants to communities that take steps to revitalize their central business cores and maintain vibrant, economically sound development in Kentucky's downtown areas.  Renaissance on Main is administered by the Governor’s Office for Local Development (GOLD) in conjunction with the Heritage Council/Kentucky Main Street Program, Kentucky Department of Tourism, Kentucky Housing Corporation, Kentucky League of Cities and Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.


Directions to Lake Barkley State Resort Park:

From Interstate 24 in Western Kentucky, take exit 65; drive West on US-68/KY-80 and follow signs to the resort, which will be on the right.  See for more information.


For more information about the event or the National Register sites, contact the Kentucky Heritage Council, 502-564-7005, ext. 120, or email Diane Comer at   


An agency of the Kentucky Commerce Cabinet, the Kentucky Heritage Council / State Historic Preservation Office is responsible for the identification, protection and preservation of historic and cultural resources throughout the Commonwealth, in partnership with other state and federal agencies, local communities and interested citizens.  This mission is integral to making communities more livable and has a far-ranging impact on issues as diverse as economic development, jobs creation, affordable housing, tourism, community revitalization, environmental conservation and quality of life.