HODGENVILLE - Eight Preserve America communities in the Kentucky Crossroads Rural Heritage Development Initiative will receive Preserve America grants to conduct cultural resource surveys, prepare nominations to the National Register of Historic Places and support heritage tourism projects. Those communities are Danville, Harrodsburg, Lebanon, Springfield, Bardstown, Campbellsville, Greensburg and Hodgenville.
An umbrella grant totaling $80,000 was awarded to the Kentucky Heritage Council/State Historic Preservation Office to be made available to RHDI communities in an effort to raise awareness and promote historic assets in rural areas. Grant funds will be expended through July 2009.
As part of the grant, Danville will receive $8,750 to survey and nominate structures in historic downtown Danville to the National Register of Historic Places and for a Web site development program that will create online walking tours of significant architecture in downtown Danville and historic Merchant's Row in Perryville.
Harrodsburg also was awarded $8,750 for the James Harrod Trust to undertake a survey of barns and outbuildings in Mercer County to use as an educational tool and for further research into documenting rural historic assets.