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Signs Of Historical Markers Showing Age

By Alan Lytle

Lexington, KY – The Historical Marker welcoming visitors to Lexington's Hunt-Morgan House in Gratz Park is getting a badly needed update. Foster Pettit with the Bluegrass Trust for Historic Preservation says the old bronze plaque is now virtually unreadable.

"It has been painted over with white paint and faded, see. And it says the same thing on both sides but its number three."

Number three refers to the fact that the Hunt Morgan House sign was the third such marker to ever be placed in Kentucky; just behind Ashland-The Henry Clay Estate, and Keeneland Racetrack.

Pettit, says his group is in the process of raising the necessary funds to update and replace the large bronze plaque.

"It'll take eight to ten weeks to put it up so it'll be up this fall, sometime in October perhaps. We will come back and see this sign and it will really help depict and tell the story of this house."

The Hunt Morgan House dates back to 1814. It was once the home of Confederate General John Hunt Morgan, and later, his great nephew, Dr. Thomas Hunt Morgan; the father of modern genetics and the first Kentuckian to win a Nobel Prize.