PERRYVILLE - Jodi Holsclaw, a freshman at Danville High School, said she appreciated that U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell had worked for the $248,000 that will be used to preserve the Johnson House on Merchants Row.
She and a group of history teacher Ryan Montgomery's students came to McConnell's presentation of the check to the Perryville Battlefield Preservation Association.
"I'm here to congratulate you," McConnell said to the local officials there. "We want to make this a pleasant site for Civil War buffs to visit."
The Johnson House, which was a field hospital during the Battle of Perryville, will house a town visitors center, museum and office space. Work will begin in early September. The dilapidated structure sits on South Buell Street and has stood empty for years after it was used as a private residence.