McConnell House Open House set for Dec. 11

By Portia Williams - [email protected]

WURTLAND, Ky. — The Heritage, Arts, Science and Tourism Center (HASTC), the organization which oversees the historic McConnell House will host a Holiday Open House on Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

HASTC Board members, partnered with the Greenup County Homemakers and friends to beautifully decorate the McConnell House with Christmas decorations to celebrate the season. HASTC will offer free tours which will include the interior rooms and highlight how attorney John McConnell built the classic, central hall, two-story house. In addition to the guided tours, the open house includes refreshments, holiday music and a visit from Santa Claus, according to Bud Matheny, president of HASTC.

“HASTC and the Historic McConnell House are considered by some to be the undiscovered gem in Greenup County,” Matheny said. “We offer educational tours and the house is a beautiful venue for special events. During 2016, we gave tours to almost 500 area students. These tours which we have named the “Heritage Tours” details how the five McConnell kids lived when they moved into the house in 1834. We hope our open house will educate folks to what we have to offer.”

The McConnell House was completed in 1834 and was built and remained for many years as a house dependent on coal or wood for heat and oil or candles for light. At one time, the house maintained a windmill, used to pump water into the house. Although the house has been electrified and now has running water, its historic charm remains intact, according to Matheny.

HASTC embraces a mission, which is to preserve regional culture and history through educational exhibits and programs in the arts and sciences. The Center also acts as a resource for economic tourism and cultural development within the region.

The McConnell House is located at 100 McConnell Drive, Wurtland, Ky., just off of US 23 at the intersection with the Industrial Parkway.

All further information regarding the McConnell House, or on volunteering with the HASTC will be available at the open house, or contact HASTC board president Bud Matheny at 606-585-1585.

By Portia Williams

[email protected]

Reach Portia Williams at 740-464-3862, or on Twitter @PortiaWillPDT.

Reach Portia Williams at 740-464-3862, or on Twitter @PortiaWillPDT.