Daniel Rudd

Local News
1:39 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Demolition of Historic Bardstown Mansion Halted Again

Anatok in May, 2013
Rick Howlett

Anatok will remain standing for at least a few more months.

A judge has reinstated an order halting the demolition of the antebellum mansion in Bardstown.

The owner of the home, Bethlehem High School, has for years planned to deconstruct the building as part of a campus expansion project, but preservationists argue that it should be saved because of its historical significance.

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Local News
4:42 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Fundraising Deadline Looms to Save Historic Bardstown Birthplace of a Civil Rights Activist

The antebellum mansion called Anatok has been vacant for five years.
Credit Rick Howlett/WFPL

Preservationists are racing to raise money for the restoration of a 19th century plantation house in Bardstown. If the $500,000 goal is not met soon,  most of the house will likely be dismantled to make way for a high school campus expansion project.   

The site in history-rich Bardstown has a storied past. The plantation was the birthplace of a one-time slave who became a leader of the nation’s black Catholics and a renowned civil rights activist.       

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