HARRODSBURG - James Harrod Trust for Historic Preservation's restoration of Dedman Drug Store on Main Street has been chosen as the project to be submitted for a $250,000 state grant.
The drug store won out over the YMCA's project to restore the old armory, a building through which many men passed on their way to battle in World War II. Some of them perished in the Bataan Death March, while others survived the Japanese army's cruelty and torture and returned home.
David Shewmaker, president of Harrodsburg First, the city's Main Street program and the organization charged with choosing a project that will be submitted to the state for funding, told Harrodsburg City Commission that the decision had been an emotional one and the meeting lasted almost three hours. Shewmaker said his daughter works for the YMCA.
Shewmaker said the drug store across from Mercer County Courthouse won the chance to apply based on a point system set up by the state. He said while some of the categories were subjective, the trust's project won out in some of the questions and the armory won others.