When word came from nearby Fort Boonesborough that the first battle of the American Revolution had been fought in Lexington, Mass., the group named their future settlement "Lexington."
Over the next 220 years, this property served as the location of a mill, distillery, gunpowder factory and dairy farm. As Lexington grew, McConnell Springs was swallowed by industrial development, and efforts to restore it did not begin until the late 1980s.
Jim Rebmann, vice chairman of the board of directors of the restored historical site of McConnell Springs, will speak at the monthly Second Thursday program of the Bluegrass Heritage Museum at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the museum.
Also on Thursday, Veterans Day, veterans will be admitted free to the museum during normal operating hours, noon to 4 p.m.
Old Fort Harrod in Harrodsburg will be the focus of the Dec. 9 Second Thursday program. David Coleman, manager of Old Fort Harrod State Park, will be the speaker.
The reconstructed fort, site of Kentucky’s first permanent settlement, also contains the cabin where Abraham Lincoln’s parents, Thomas Lincoln and Nancy Hanks, were married.
All Second Thursday programs are held at the museum, 217 S. Main St. Admission is free and refreshments are served.