Maysville/Old Washington - MASON COUNTY Letters of Support

August 18, 2008

To Whom It May Concern

I would like to write in support of the efforts to designate Highway 68 as a State/National Scenic Byway. Mason County/Maysville has a wonderful historical heritage from one end to another.

Following US 68, going north from Blue Licks Battlefield State Resort Park, are 3 very historic towns - Mayslick, Old Washington and the county seat, Maysville. Old Washington, founded in the late 1700s, has both pioneer and Civil War history.

Two of the original log cabins built in the 1780s are still standing and now contain the Washington Visitors Center and the Simon Kenton Museum. It also is famous for the home where Gen. Albert Sidney Johnston, a Civil War general, grew up. It is now the Johnston House Museum. Also, there is Marshall Key home where Harriet Beecher Stowe visited in 1833 and later wrote the famous book, "Uncle Tom's Cabin", which is said to have been based on her experiences watching slave auctions in Washington.

In Washington is also the Paxton Inn, built by James Paxton in 1803 and it is said to have been a place where slaves on the Underground Railroad were hidden until they could cross the Ohio River into Freedom.

From Old Washington, now a historic district of Maysville, you approach the downtown historic district of Maysville. It is the epitome of an early river town with architecture of every European nationality. It boasts of wonderful flood wall murals, 2 historic theaters, the Kentucky Gateway Museum Center, and the birthplace of famed Hollywood singer, Rosemary Clooney.

By designating Highway 68 as a scenic byway, you will bring to the public's attention, many wonderful attributes that make Kentucky such a beautiful place to visit.

Thank you for your consideration.

Marsha Jones
Mason County Historical Society Board and former President
P.O. Box 113
Maysville, KY 41056

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