Governor Ernie Fletcher and the Governor’s Office for Local Development (GOLD) announced today his commitment of $500,000 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds for the city of Stanford to stabilize and restore the Old Presbyterian Meeting House and the Mary Bruce Helm Museum.
“This home and museum are an important part of the history of Stanford and Lincoln County,” Governor Fletcher said. “The restoration project will encourage tourism development in the downtown area and foster future economic growth.”
Governor Fletcher said the restoration of the meeting house, which is a log structure built in the mid-1700’s and is listed the National Register of Historic Places building, will help reverse years of deterioration that has taken its toll on the building. The structure is located at 315 West Main Street in the heart of Stanford’s Renaissance on Main district.
When the restoration is complete, the building will continue to be used as a museum with office space.
The Lincoln County Fiscal Court, the Lincoln County Historical Society and the city of Stanford are all contributing $5,000 each toward the project.
Community Development Block Grants are federal monies procured through the efforts of Kentucky’s U.S. Congressional leaders. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development makes these funds available through GOLD, which administers the CDBG Small Cities program in Kentucky.