Mon July 8, 2013
School Moving Ahead With Plans to Take Down Historic Plantation Home in Bardstown
Officials at Bethlehem High School in Bardstown are going forward with a campus expansion plan that includes the deconstruction of Anatok, a nearby antebellum mansion owned by the school.
Under a mediation agreement, preservationists were given until May 31 to raise $500,000 to transform the home, built in 1847, into an arts center and classroom space.
The group was able to generate about $300,000 in donations, pledges and tax credits, but Bethlehem Principal Tom Hamilton says it’s time to move ahead with the school’s original plan for an outdoor classroom on the property.
"Parts of the building will remain, the footprint , the foundation, about six feet of walls. And along with our full campus plan, we plan to add memorials," Hamilton said, adding that bricks and other materials from Anatok will be used in future building projects.
One of the memorials will honor Daniel Rudd, who was born into slavery on the property and became a prominent journalist and leader of African-American Catholics.
Hamilton says deconstruction work could begin later this month. Preservationists say they could raise enough money to properly restore Anatok if given more time.