Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Preserve the Courthouse: Smithland Event to Raise Awareness, Support Preservation Movement

IN THE WORKS: The new county office building is under construction in this photo dated Sept. 2010. Courtesy/Brenda Joyce Jerome.
The Livingston County Historical and Genealogical Society and its Preservation Committee are planning a Halloween event at the Livingston County Court House in Smithland on Friday, Oct. 29, 2010. The theme is "Haunting Tales From the Past." The evening will begin with music at 5 p.m., followed by stories of the Night Riders, murders and Civil War activities in Smithland and other stories of the area. Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Bill Cunningham will be on hand for a book signing. The Livingston County High School FFA will have food available for purchase.

The new Livingston County Justice Center opened in 2009 and a new County Office Building, which will contain the county clerk's office, is currently being constructed next to the old Court House. When this happens, the old Court House will be empty for the first time since it was built in 1845. The purpose of this Halloween event is to make residents aware of the movement to preserve the Court House and adjoining old clerks' offices (built circa 1853) and provide the opportunity to contribute to the future of the Court House. This is the perfect way to have a family-friendly good time and support the preservation movement.

(Editor's Note: This post was used with permission from, a site dedicated to history and genealogy from Western Kentucky).

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