Pleasant Vale, the home of the Samuel McDowell family on Lexington Avenue, has been put on an endangered list for historic sites by Preservation Kentucky, Inc.
McDowell was a Kentucky district court judge, framer of the first Kentucky constitution and the father of noted physician Ephraim McDowell. Pleasant Vale, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was the McDowell family home from 1784 to 1845.
A proposed two-lane bypass from Ky. 33 to Lexington Avenue might run alongside the home. Preservation Kentucky hopes the house could be bought and used as a visitor's center, said Janis Scott, chair of the not-for-profit organization and a Danville resident.
The house now sits in the middle of a working farm, and can't be seen from the road. Scott said she hopes that the public will be reminded of the house, and begin a grass roots effort to save it.