Huntertown, Kentucky, served as a community for freedmen after the Civil War. Located in Woodford County, the residents lived there through the early 2000’s. Now, a class at the University of Kentucky is taking steps to preserve the town as a historic site. Nearly $50,000 in grant funding allows the area to be opened as a park and the college students are leading the charge on environmental and historic preservation.
The team’s leaders have pointed out that not many free towns in Kentucky have been preserved to this extent. “We wanted to create that educational experience to bring people into the site and create it like,…make it an area where people would want to keep returning and keep being educated,” shared Zoe Sermersheim, a third-year student.
Currently, the park has been opened to the public and more work and experiences are in progress, including historic signage that will add interpretation for site visitors.
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