Jessamine County: Research library to open at Camp Nelson

Tom Buford addressed the crowd at Nicholasville's Main Street dedication on Sept. 4.
Tom Buford addressed the crowd at Nicholasville's Main Street dedication on Sept. 4.

A new research library at Camp Nelson Civil War Heritage Park will officially open with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at noon Friday. In addition, the park, along with the Jessamine County Chamber of Commerce, will host a reception from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The library is housed in a Civil War barracks replica that was constructed to 1860s specifications. The bulk of the library's resources are a collection of more than 3,000 Civil War-era books that are on CD.

The books are available for viewing on three computer workstations, which also have internet access. The library is staffed by volunteers and is open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Individuals interested in genealogy research or who can provide assistance to others who want to do research are invited to help by volunteering their time.

The annual Camp Nelson Civil War Living History Event will follow on Saturday and Sunday. Camp Nelson Civil War Heritage Park is located south of Nicholasville along U.S. 27 at 6614 Danville Road. For more information call (859) 881-5716.

Ceremony marks Nicholasville revitalization project

The city of Nicholasville and Nicholasville NOW! held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Sept. 4 at the corner of Main Street and Walnut to dedicate the Main Street Revitalization Project. Speakers at the ceremony included state Rep. Bob Damron, state Sen. Tom Buford and Nicholasville Mayor Russ Meyer.

Improvements include new sidewalks and curbs with brick and stone pavers, tree plantings, new benches and waste receptacles, and relocated power lines. The dedication marks the completion of Phase 1 of the Downtown Streetscape Project, part of a $9 million Downtown Renaissance that will include city parks and green spaces in a business-friendly environment.