Department of Parks
New Historical Marker Will Be Unveiled For Gov. Isaac Shelby On June 1
FRANKFORT, Ky. – The Kentucky State Parks will commemorate the state’s 215th birthday on June 1 by unveiling a new historical marker at the grave of Gov. Isaac Shelby, the commonwealth’s first governor.
The ceremony will be at at the Isaac Shelby Cemetery State Historic Site, located five miles south of Danville off U.S. 127. The cemetery is in Lincoln County, where Shelby’s estate was located.
Speakers will include Parks Commissioner J.T. Miller and Becky Vittetow, coordinator of the Historical Highway Marker Program, part of the Kentucky Historical Society.
Shelby served as governor from 1792-1796 and again from 1812-1816. He achieved fame for his service in the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812. He died in 1826.
The Kentucky State Park System is composed of 53 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