Department of Parks
Cumberland Falls Making Improvements For Museum
CORBIN, Ky. – Cumberland Falls State Resort Park is making improvements so more people will be able to see museum and historical pieces.
Native American arrowheads, spear points and tools will be moved from a room at the lodge to the visitors’ center near the falls area and will be placed in new display cases. Many of these artifacts were donated by Robert Blair, a local businessman and preservationist who helped create the park in the early 1900s.
Other historic items and displays about the Civilian Conservation Corps, the Corbin Kiwanis Club and other park history will be displayed in the DuPont Lodge, lobby and great room.
All of these items were on view in a room in the lodge prior to renovation work. Park Manager Lisa Davis says the changes will allow more people to see and enjoy the historic items and displays about the park.
“The visitors’ center at the falls is a high traffic area and more people will be able to see these items,” Davis said. “We’re especially proud of our collection and want all visitors – from near our park as well as those from far away – to enjoy them.”
Work to improve the area around the falls began in August and is expected to last through November.
The work includes making parking and the entrance ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) accessible, improving the grade and surface of some walking paths, new lighting and benches, landscaping and drainage work to control erosion.
The falls and the gift shop will remain open to the public during the work.
The Kentucky State Park System is composed of 52 state parks plus an interstate park shared with Virginia. The Department of Parks, an agency of the Commerce Cabinet, operates 17 resort parks with lodges -- more than any other state. Each year, Kentucky parks draw 7 million visitors and contribute $317 million to the economy. For more information on Kentucky parks, visit our Web site at http://www.parks.ky.gov