The Blue Grass Trust for Historic Preservation recognized several individuals and groups for their contributions to preserving central Kentucky’s rich history Sunday night, and this year, three Jessamine Countians received the organization’s annual Preservation Awards.
Judge-Executive Neal Cassity and magistrate George Dean each received the Lucy Graves Advocacy Award for exhibiting “advocacy leadership in supporting the historic preservation movement in Central Kentucky.”
Blue Grass Trust President Linda Carroll specifically noted Cassity’s involvement in restoring the fire-ravaged buildings on Nicholasville’s Main Street as well as his tireless efforts to preserve and grow Camp Nelson.
Dean was recognized for his continuous efforts to keep open the historic Valley View Ferry; his constant reminder of the county’s past through his constituent newsletter, The Riney-B Express; and for his collaborative effort with state Rep. Bob Damron to protect private cemeteries under state law. Dean will also be serving on the committee evaluating the I-75 connector through Jessamine and Madison counties, where there are a number of historic treasures.
Also recognized was Nicholasville resident Peter Brackney who, as part of the Trust’s deTours Committee, received the Lucy Shropshire Crump Service Award. The deTours Committee organizes a monthly trek for the young and the young-at-heart to rarely seen historical venues.
Sunday’s event took place at the historic Hunt-Morgan House in downtown Lexington.
For more information on The Blue Grass Trust, visit www.bluegrasstrust.org or call 859-253-0362.