Experience history first hand at McConnell House


By Portia Williams

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WURTLAND, Ky. — Revisit history, and go back more than 150 years at the Historic McConnell House in Wurtland for the Civil War Living history.

During the event participants will go back more than 150 years, they will meet old Abe Lincoln, Robert E. Lee, Mrs. Lee, Mrs. Jefferson Davis, and other presenters.

Bud Matheny, president of the McConnell House committee, said the event is centered around the Civil War.

“This will take place on November 14th. Charles Damen Whitt, who is a local author is the one who is putting this on, and it is an individual effort that we support, where they will have authors to come who have written books mostly on the Civil War, both North and South,” Matheny said. “There will be people in Civil War, both men and women. We have one board member that dresses in Civil War costume, and we have a couple of ladies that come in the long Victorian dresses.”

Authors from different states will be a part of the Living History event at the McConnell House.Attendees will also meet some Civil War authors and have a chance to purchase signed books.

“I am not real sure what Colonel Whitt has on the agenda, but I do know that he has authors coming in from Virginia, West Virginia, and Western Kentucky, so it should be a well-attended event I believe,” he said.

Attendees will also meet some Civil War authors and have a chance to purchase signed books for yourself or as Christmas presents.

The McConnell House was built in 1834 and has been restored to mint condition. This all happens on Nov. 14, at McConnell House, at the Junction of KY 67 and U.S. 23 in Wurtland from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free, and Matheny said he hopes the public will come by and experience a piece of history.

Also coming up a the McConnell House is a Christmas decoration session to be completed by The Greenup County Homemakers. According to Matheny, Greenup County Homemakers annual Christmas Decoration plans at the Greenbo Lodge were thwarted by the recent fire which closed the Lodge temporarily.

“Since they’ve had that fire at the Greenbo Lodge, and is in temporary closure, the Greenup Conty Homemakers will be decorating at several places, and one of them will be here at the McConnell House, so I am anxious to see what they are going to do,” he said. “I know that we will have at least four trees, and I am hoping for a lot of nice wreaths on all of the windows, and garland and lights on everything that does not move. I am really looking forward to this, because our board members do a great job, so joining forces with the Greenup County Homemakers should really be something to see.”

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