|Walnut Hill Presbyterian Church in Lexington, Ky. Jason Sloan.|
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."
|Windows at Walnut Hill. Jason Sloan.|
|Floorplan of Walnut Hill. National Register.|
In 1985, an education and social wing was added to the Walnut Hill Church which is now an ecumenical facility with ties to both the Presbyterian and Episcopal denominations.
The award-winning #BGTdeTours program is designed to provide tours of places you might not normally get to see, helping people interact with and learn about sites that make the Bluegrass special. For young professionals (and the young at heart!), deTours are "always" the first Wednesday of the month at 5:30 pm, and are always free and open to the public.
IF YOU GO
Walnut Hill Church
September 2, 2015
Gather at 5:30 p.m.,
program begins at 6:00 p.m.
575 Walnut Hill Rd., Lexington
Free and open to the public. An AfterHour at Jean Farris Winery follows.
|Walnut Hill, ca. 1972. National Register Application (H. Lynn Cravens).|
Local History Index
National Register of Historic Places Application (1973)