Towns Like Sadieville 'Endangered'

May 24, 2011

During the past few years, officials in the Scott County town of Sadieville have started looking around with new eyes. What they see is history that has been ignored and is in danger of being lost: deteriorating hotels and saloons where Sadieville's history got started, a sagging Rosenwald school once used to educate African-American students, a historic church that sits empty. "We're getting a huge preservation appetite," Mayor Claude Christensen said. "The more we looked, the more we saw and uncovered these things that had significance." It's the same story in hamlets all over the state, and it's why they are highlighted in Preservation Kentucky's Most Endangered Historic Places for 2011.