|Keene Springs Hotel - Keene, Ky.|
Wrote Bennett H. Young in his 1898 History of Jessamine County, Kentucky: "during the prevalence of cholera, in Lexington, about this time, a large number of people came to Keene and lived during the panic, occasioned by this disease in Lexington and surrounding towns." They stayed in "a very nice hotel."
|Keene Springs, ca. 1868 (Source: KDL)|
William Cleveland sold the resort hotel in 1841 to Mason Singleton, the grandson of the pioneer who first settled the community of Keene. Singleton retain Capt. G. L. Postlethwait to manage the facility which he greatly expanded with a ballroom and banquet hall. By 1857, however, Singleton was forced to sell the hotel. Alfred McTyre purchased the Keene Springs Hotel and operated it for a decade before he sold the hotel to Fielding S. Wilson. By this time, the resort's popularity had waned. Though Wilson had a few occupants from time to time, operation was largely confined to a general store and, until liquor prohibited by local vote, a saloon. A general store continued to operate until the 1960s and the Wilson continues to own the building. Today, slow restorations are underway by a tenant operating a restaurant three days a week in this history locale.
More photos of the Keene Springs Hotel are available on flickr.
Sources: Bennett Young's History; Jessamine Journal; National Register Application; RootsWeb