On Veterans Day, Harrison Fiscal Court "honored" the memory of one of the county's most prominent veterans by voting to demolish his residence, Ridgeway, just three years shy of its 200th birthday.
This former home of congressman and War of 1812 veteran Colonel William Brown — with social and family connections to the Lincolns, Todds, Warfields and Henry Clay — sits in the middle of Flat Run Veterans Park. Sadly, some would prefer to see a pool there instead.
Despite the house's appearance, it was inspected and deemed structurally sound by a top Cincinnati architect. After a business plan was produced by a real estate developer and Brown descendant, as requested and favorably received in July by fiscal court and city commission, the finances to restore the house were within grasp. Since the house was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2005, federal funding opportunities would be available for the park's completion.
This fiscal court decision will deny future generations an historic treasure, a new community space and a completed park they were promised over a decade ago. The proposal was sound and included provisions for the pool next to the house, plus $50,000 of yearly city profits.
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Now that this landmark is passing, just how many 200-year-old structures with city, statewide and national prominence do we have in Cynthiana to make this one obsolete?