The portraits of the first couple married in the Midway Presbyterian Church have been donated to the church by the couple's great-granddaughter, Mildred Martin Buster. Jesse Martin (1823-1904) and Margaret Thornton Martin were married in 1847 and the oil on canvas portraits with the original frames were probably painted soon afterward.
Jesse Martin operated a Midway dry goods store and later acquired what is now Waterford Farm, near Midway, where he raised cattle and mules. During the Civil War, he and his son, Henry L. Martin Sr., later a Kentucky state senator, rode with John Hunt Morgan's Confederate cavalry. Jesse Martin was a first cousin to Zerelda Cole, the mother of Frank and Jesse James.
Midway Presbyterian Church is located at 103 North Turner Street. Visitors may view the portraits in the church library by calling (859) 846-4751 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bluegrass train schedule announced
The Bluegrass Scenic Railroad and Museum has announced its spring schedule. Following the Easter Bunny train on March 30, new Springtime Saturday Special trains will run at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. April 6, 13, 20 and 27 and May 4. A regular schedule of Saturday and Sunday trains will begin with a Mothers Day train ride on May 12.
The Bluegrass Scenic Railroad and Museum is an all volunteer, non-profit organization located at 175 Beasley Road in Versailles. Information and tickets are available at BluegrassRailroad.com.
Library to show 'Iron Jawed Angels'
American Association of University Women Bluegrass Central Branch and the Woodford County Library will celebrate Women's History Month by showing the movie Iron Jawed Angels, starring Hilary Swank, Frances O'Connor, Julia Ormond and Anjelica Huston, on March 21 at the Woodford County Library, 115 North Main Street, Versailles.
Sign-in and distribution of a free meal will begin at 5 p.m. The movie, which focuses on the women's suffrage movement of the early 20th century, will be shown from 5:15 to 7:15 p.m. The event is free and is suitable for people of high school age and older.
A short discussion led by Karen McDaniel, an editor of the Kentucky African American Encyclopedia Project and professor emeritus at Kentucky State University, will follow.
Seating is limited. To register, call the Woodford County Library at (859) 873-5191.