Federal grant money totaling $130 thousand dollars will help a southeast Kentucky county build up a historical river walk. The 32 hundred foot connector will link east Manchester residents with downtown. Rodney Miller with Stay in Clay says the river walk has historical significance tied to the civil war. "It was used during the civil war where a thousand union soldiers came down to Manchester and busted up all the salt works at the site of the Pioneer Village and other sites in the county where they were trying to keep salt out of the confederate hands," said Miller.
Miller says four log cabins have been moved into the area and restoration work is being performed on a dozen swinging bridges. Stay in Clay is a citizen-based group formed three years ago to physically spruce up the Manchester area and help instill more pride within the community. "Not only in appearance, which we're trying to make it more attractive and clean it up, but also give pride in people wanting to stay in Clay County and do things in Clay County instead of going elsewhere to do it," added Miller.
Miller says Clay County's Pioneer Village is home to some of the state's oldest log cabins.