Lost Lexington Coming to the University of Kentucky

In April 2015, I was honored to receive the Excellence in Writing Award from the University of Kentucky's Department of Writing, Rhetoric and Digital Design. It is always rewarding to be honored by your alma mater, but it is unique when it is for something so distant from your academic career (my UK degrees are in accounting and law).

The accolade arose from my creation of this website and the publication of Lost Lexington. Later this month, I'm returning to campus for what I'm told is the inaugural event in the Robert E. Hemenway Writing Center Speaker Series. There, I'll be speaking about writing the Kaintuckeean and Lost Lexington and I'll be sharing a few of the backstories from Lost Lexington.

I want to thank the Writing Center, the WRD Department and especially Professor Judi Prats (who incidentally taught me a 100-level English class when I was a UK undergraduate) for hosting this event.

And, since the event is open to the public -- I hope you'll join the festivities!

Remembering September 11

It was my senior year of high school when a friend alerted me that a plane had struck one of the World Trade Center towers in New York. A few years earlier, he and I had travelled to NYC. Though we didn't ascend the twin towers on that trip, the iconic structures towered over other skyscrapers so that if you saw them then you would be able to figure out your bearings.

A few years before that trip, I remember walking the underground shops stories below the 110-story skyscrapers. September 11 was emotional for all Americans and we will not forget the tragedy of that day.

Catching up on Lexington's recent demolitions

Due to scheduling, I haven't been able to maintain and keep up with those structures on Demolition Watch. Below the jump is a list of properties that have been subject to demolition requests since I last updated y'all.

If you are interested in keeping fully up-to-date on these matters, you don't have to wait for a Kaintuckeean post. A free service called Citygram provides the information to your inbox for free. Citygram is available only to a handful of cities around the country, but Lexington is on this exclusive list.

In addition to that solution, you can also request a weekly report from Lexington's Planning Commissioner Derek Paulsen by filling out this form. The availability of this information is a great example of a more transparent government!

Unfortunately, I didn't catch images off of the Fayette County PVA's website in time for all of these parcels. Luckily, Google Maps can help out, too.

Kentucky's Oldest Presbyterian Church

Walnut Hill Presbyterian Church in Lexington, Ky. Jason Sloan
For the next edition of #BGTdeTours, you have the opportunity to explore the oldest Presbyterian church in Kentucky. The site is the Walnut Hill Presbyterian Church which is located on Walnut Hill Pike near Old Richmond Road.

The church was formed on land given it by General Levi Todd, Mary Todd Lincoln's grandfather, in 1785. That year, a log structure was erected for the pioneers. One of the first ministers, Rev. James Crawford, is buried in the church cemetery. In 1791, Crawford created a school of Latin, Greek and the Sciences at Walnut Hill. Crawford is among the 85 individuals interred at the church cemetery.

Amidst the 1801 "great revival" that overtook Kentucky in religious fervor, the church at Walnut Hill was demolished and the extant stone structure replaced it. Originally and until an 1880 remodeling, the stone sanctuary had "eight square windows on two levels that allowed light to enter the sanctuary at the ground level as well as in the galleries that surrounded the inner room on three sides."
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