When Dr. Scott Scutchfield, who used to practice in Danville, had Gov. Ernie Fletcher in his office to check up on an injured shoulder, he took the opportunity to lobby for money to save McDowell House from water damage.
"That's what you call arm-twisting," the governor joked Thursday at a gathering to celebrate a $328,800 federal grant for the house.
Fletcher joined his wife, Glenna, who came to tour the house. Snacks were laid out on tables inside the house and candles lighted, almost as if Dr. Ephraim McDowell had been expecting the company himself.
McDowell is famous for performing the first successful abdominal surgery. On Christmas morning in 1809, he removed a 22-pound tumor from Jane Todd Crawford.