This sign tells the origin of Ashland. I must contact the Poages in Rankin, Texas to see if their family came from this area, and do you think M.T. Hilton is related to Conrad Hilton?
This fountain is at the library entrance of the Central Park, a 47 acre area of trees and walking paths, ponds and flowers. This is a nice place for people to cool off on hot, steamy days.
The path leading into the park, with lights, flowers, and benches.
Cone flowers, pure delight for butterflies.
This man made pond is so beautiful, and peaceful. I think it will be a delightful place for Bible reading, prayer and meditation.
Water lilies, something I haven't seen in West Texas.
One end of the pond is covered in lilies.
Another little fountain just across the street from King's Daughter Medical Center.
Kentucky Iron, Coal, and Manufacturing Company sold the park acreage to the city for $32,500 in 1900. Martin Hilton laid out the city in 1854 and this plot of ground was used as a park back in those days. King's Daughter is instrumental in the park development.
2008 Lexington Avenue. Lon Rogers, coal operator, built this beauty in 1920, complete with cross gables on each end, exterior embellishments and a flowing brown shingled roof. I am taking information right off the Ashland Historical Tour pamphlet.
1900 Lexington Avenue. The Veyssie family occupied this hip roofed, frame home for most of the 20th century, which was built about 1900. It features a semicircular cast iron porch.
Pineapples are a symbol of hospitality. According to Hawthorne Tours the tradition began when sea captains returned to the colonies from adventures among Caribbean Islands loaded with rum, fruit and spices. The captains speared a pineapple outside their home signaling to folks it was time to join him for food, drink and fun, and I am sure his house was the most popular one on the block, at least as long as the rum held out.
These old houses are built high on the hill, definitely out of the flood zone.
1520 Chestnut Court. W.W. Culbertson built this home for his second bride, Lucy O'Hara Hardy, in 1876. The land was compliments of W.W.'s first wife, Sarah Means who died in 1874. W.W. was an iron manufacturer, state legislator, and mayor of the city.
1317 Hilton Court. This is the only view I could get of this house, built by Martin Hilton in 1855. He also designed the plan for the town and provided sanctuary for southern soldiers during the Civil War. The Hilton family owned the home until 1983. There was no way that I could get in front of the house, so this is as good as the photography is going to be.
Just a nice home that I saw on the tour.
1304 Bath Avenue. Abraham C. Campbell, financier, built this house in 1870. This is an impressive structure, sitting on a huge gated yard. The address is big and bold on the entrance gate, and the sign on the other side says, "No Soliciting."
The walk way to the Campbell home.
I had fun using my big lens to get close to the front door. Nice door decoration!
1401 Bath. W.B. Seaton designed this home in 1893. W.B. Seaton was manager of Bellefonte, a coal fired iron furnace that was set up in Greenup County in 1826. He built this house big enough for five children and big enough so they wouldn't be heard. I do believe he achieved his goal!
1400 Bath. In 1920 W.B. Seaton built this fine home for his daughter, Hilda Peebles. Ms. Peebles died of pneumonia in 1923. Desjardins and Hayward, architectural firm from Cincinnati, designed the building.
1420 Bath. This was the largest house in Ashland in 1856 and is still an imposing structure. John Means was the owner, and a member of the Town Board in 1860. Then he became president of the Eastern Division of the Lexington and Big Sandy Railroad in 1870. In 1881 he was elected Ashland mayor.
1504 Bath. Hugh Means is the builder of this awesome structure; it may have been designed by Martin Hilton, city engineer. Means was a director of Kentucky Iron, Coal and Manufacturing Co. Hugh, Thomas and John Means were Ohio industrialists and they had a major role in the development of Ashland. After reading about all of his accomplishments, I felt like I need to get off the computer and go do something!
1516 Bath. I think this is the most spectacular of all the homes. It was built sometime after 1864; the land was purchased by Eliza Jan Gartrell. It was later owned by Thomas Means, John Kobs Sr., John Hager, and Mrs. Alice Fetter, who had the thing torn down around 1917, and she built this mansion, known as the Mayo Manor ( she was the widow of John C.C. Mayo). It is easy to see that coal was king in the early 1900s. There were some very wealthy folks in Ashland at that time.
1612 Bath. "Mrs. Sarah Calvin built a frame house on this lot in 1891 which was remodeled in 1954 by Simeon S. Willis, the only resident of Ashland ever to be honored by election as governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. This house utilizes the exterior feature of the 1854 Lace House in Columbia, S.C." Quoted from Ashland Historical Tour pamphlet.
1600 Central. Timothy Field, co-owner of Crump & Field Wholesale Grocery Company, built this palace on Winchester and 17th, then in 1900 the whole thing was moved in tact to 1600 Central with mules (about five blocks). I am in awe of the engineering it took to build this massive structure, but more in awe of the amazing skill needed to move the whole thing to a new location without tearing it up!
Indian Mounds in Central Park.
This painting of the church is on a wall next to the train station.
1401-1405 Greenup Avenue is the location of the Crump and Field building, originally a wholesale grocery store and built in 1892. Restoration of the outside started in 1987 and was finished in 1989.
Here we are at 1800 Carter Avenue and believe it or not this is a house that was built in 1880 by Morgan Huff who was the editor of the Ashland Republican. Mr. Huff is famous for printing "The Ashland Tragedy" which detailed the rape and murder of two girls, and the murder of a brother. Frances Gibons age 14 and her disable brother, Robert, age 17, and Emma Carico age 15 were bludgeoned to death with an ax and crowbar Christmas Eve 1881. Now, the building is a dentist office, and the bottom floor has been enlarged for the business.