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Lost village site

The Coe Plantation was likely formed about 1820 along the Cumberland River at Turkeyneck Bend, Cumberland County, Kentucky. A Yuchi village stood at the site, and the plantation house was possibly built on the village because they didn’t have to clear the land—slaves may have used the Yuchi houses. An anthropologist interviewed some elderly people, but no one could even recall the village name. The Yuchi retreated into nearby Pea Ridge and Coe Ridge, marrying whites, some becoming my ancestors.

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Now and then

Photo is of Anita Hite, descendant of Isaac Hite, founder of Cave Springs Plantation. This was the Hite Mansion. The plantation became Lakeland Asylum (the mansion a nurse dormitory). now Tom Sawyer State Park. House burned in 1940s. The location is directly over Cave Spring and is now an archery range.

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1928 Lakeland Asylum

The lady is Anita Hite, descendant of Isaac Hite, founder of Cave Spring Plantation AKA Hite Plantation that later became Lakeland Asylum, Anchorage, Kentucky. She is also in front of Cave Springs–now called Sauerkraut Cave. She is also standing on what was the Hite Plantation Mansion, in 1928 a dormitory for nurses. (burned down 1940s)

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Fort William

Photo is Eight Mile House, 1785 home of William Christian, across Harrod’s Trace (Shelbyville Road) from the 1783 A’Sturgus Station. He acquired 2,000 acres but gave 1,000 acres to his daughter, Priscilla who married Alexander Bullitt—they built Oxmoor Plantation. William Christian died in an Indian attack north of Jeffersonville Indiana in 1786. William studied law with Patrick Henry and married his sister, Anne. After William’s death, she named the area Fort William. Eight Mile House later became a tavern.


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Bellevoir Mansion

A part of Ormsby Plantation, Bellevoir Mansion was built in 1867 across the tracks and down the road from the main plantation. Bellevoir was a Standardbred (harness racing horses) farm. In the 20th century, it became Ormsby Village, an orphanage. Around 1980, it was Kentucky Railway Museum (I visited there!). Nowadays, it is an office park. The mansion is still there—I visited it once when the YMCA had offices there.


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Ormsby Plantation

From 1803, 1,000 acres between the banks of Goose Creek and along Lagrange Road. (maybe even my home) Judge Stephen Ormsby called his estate Maghera Glass, Gaelic for “green grass.” Mansion built 1830s. In 1896, it became the Kentucky Military Institute, military boys’ school. In 1973, Ten Broeck Hospital took over the plantation (they call it their KMI location).

I just learned that writer Washington Irving dined here.

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Old times

Colonial Times

In 1784, Isaac Hite built Hite’s Mill on the banks of Goose Creek, near Anchorage, Kentucky. He also established the Isaac Hite Plantation (AKA Cave Spring Plantation). He was killed by Indians about 1790. After the Civil War, the plantation was sold and became Lakeland Lunatic Asylum (currently Central State Hospital). Most of the plantation is now Tom Sawyer State Park, only a quarter mile from my home. Alas, I can find no pictures of the plantation. (one plantation cabin is said to exist, but I can’t locate it)

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I frequented the Bloomfield Kentucky area in the 1970’s—Nelson County, east of Bardstown. Back then it was mostly horse and dairy farms. I just found out that there are former plantations all over the Bloomfield area. The older people talked about the past, even the Civil War. No one ever mentioned the slavery aspect. This photo is of Newell Beauchamp McClaskey Plantation—I cannot find a newer photo. (house built 1835, slave buildings still standing) Does anyone know the exact location?

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