Hiding Fairview in Jessamine County

Fairview. Photo dated 1980 by Kenneth Gibbs for the Kentucky Heritage Council (NRHP)
Fairview is located at the corner of Ash Grove and Lexington Roads in Jessamine County. Thanks to the population growth in Nicholasville along U.S. 27, the property is located within the city limits of Nicholasville. And that growth is having a direct impact on Fairview itself.

The History of Fairview

Construction of Fairview, also known on the National Register of Historic Places as the Marshall-Bryan House, began around 1850 by Dr. Lewis Marshall. Dr. Marshall was the younger brother of Chief Justice John Marshall of the United States Supreme Court.

Decades earlier and prior to the Revolutionary War, Alexander McKee had surveyed and claimed this land for himself. In fact, McKee possessed some 3,000 acres in Fincastle County. His allegiance, however, to England during the war resulted in him losing his land holdings. According to historian Walter Hoberg, "an inquest of escheat was held at Lexington by the sheriff of Kentucky county on July 1, 1780, regarding [McKee's] holdings. They were declared forfeited and were sold for $30,000 at a sheriff's sale. The money was used in the establishment of Transylvania University."

It was later that the land on which Fairview was constructed was sold to the Marshall family. Before Fairview would be completed, however, Dr. Lewis Marshall opted to construct a home in Woodford County and the land was sold to the Bryan family and which family would continue to own the property until it was sold in January 2018 to developers.

Fairview in 2018. Author's collection.

Another Day Cycling Through Lexington

Whiskey offerings at James E. Pepper Distillery. Author's collection.
My sister and I embarked on what has become our annual tradition (2018 was our third annual) of cycling through  Lexington's past and exploring new developments and changes to the landscape in the town we both call "home."

Our 2018 trek was met with an early disruption as I discovered that my bike lock was still at my house and that going to retrieve it would delay our ride by an hour. After posting my predicament on Facebook, a friend quickly came to my aid. But the five minute drive there and back was punctuated by a quick drive through The Lexington Cemetery, www.lexcem.org, to see the monuments that had recently been relocated there from the courthouse lawn. I had supported the removal of the two Confederates from Lexington's most premier public space to the cemetery, and the new locations for Hunt-Morgan and Breckinridge are fitting and proper. The monuments are much more accessible having been removed from their lofty pediments.

Looking up toward the dome of the Old Courthouse.
Author's collection.
A bike lock in hand, we proceeded to our starting point (and what should certainly be the start of any Lexington tour): The Lexington Visitors Center, www.visitlex.com. VisitLex recently reopened in the old Courthouse on West Main Street. Construction of the old courthouse began in 1898 and it served as the county courthouse for a century until new courthouses opened on North Limestone Street in 2002. It was thereafter occupied by a number of museums, most notably the Lexington History Museum, lexhistory.org, but all tenants were forced to vacate in 2012 due to lead paint, asbestos, and other environmental factors. A two year, $32 million project brought the old Courthouse to its historic grandeur.

On the Air!

On Monday, June 4, I will be appearing on WTVQ-TV's Midday Kentucky to discuss Lost Lexington. Check it out at noon on Channel 36! There may even be a giveaway!

And I spent two Saturdays in May talking with Doug Fain on All Things Jessamine which airs Saturday's on WNKJ 105.9 in Nicholasville. Doug and I talked about the Rev. John Metcalf House and the Lady Sterling House. You can learn more about the Lady Sterling House by clicking here, too! Click on the links to listen to the podcast if you missed out on those episodes of Jessamine County history!
Doug Fain and Peter Brackney discussing Nicholasville's history.
To check out Peter's other past events, click here.

Lexington, Kentucky's City Hall

The old Lafayette Hotel and present City Hall. Author's Collection.
Lexington, Kentucky may be well on its way to a new city hall. Four developers have submitted proposals to city officials and three of the developers have released renderings of their proposals to the public (pictures below). With city offices spread across five downtown buildings, Lexington has been considering moving its city hall for many years. If city hall moves, it certainly won't be the first time in history. Here are a few locales that have served as Lexington's city hall.

Early City Hall Sites 

In 1845, the Lexington Observer and Reporter noted that "Mayor and council have entered into arrangements with owners of old medical hall to be converted into a city hall." City offices moved into this facility located at the northwest corner of Market and Church streets along with other entities such as the library and the Odd Fellows.1

Market House (Jackson Hall) and home of city hall from 1880-1929. University of Kentucky Libraries.

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