On Monday night, February 17th, 2020 former Lee County High School Bobcat basketball players and family members of Coach Heber Dunaway walked onto center court. There with the community in the stands, the Lee County Board of Education, renamed the building the Heber Dunaway Gymnasium. Former Coach Dunaway players who spoke included John Paul Gabbard and former UK Basketball player Larry Stamper. #leecountyky150 #historyinthemaking #heberdunaway #leecountyschools
HGTV "Help us bring back our town"! This video was submitted Feb 7, 2020 to the HGTV Hometown Takeover contest. It is a message that educates the audience about our community, our heart, and our perservence. Thank you to everyone who helped in the making of this video on such short notice. You are the ones who made it possible. #HGTV #beattyville
About: The City of Beattyville, KY has faced many challenges over the last few years having lost jobs and industry. But as a result of that, our community has come together to refocus on our strengths and look at new and inventive ways to grow our community through technology, tourism and small business. Our community has been labeled, by some National Media Outlets, as one of the poorest towns in America, but we are rich in many ways; rich in community, rich in history, and rich in natural beauty. Beattyville’s unique location, in scenic Eastern Kentucky, at the confluence of the Kentucky River, near high sandstone cliff lines that attract tourists and World Class rock climbers, offers opportunity without measure. Boasting a small town atmosphere with rich cultural and historic roots, we are known as the birthplace of the Kentucky River. With recreation and the natural landscape of our community representing strong community assets, tourism readily arises as a suitable economic development approach. Locally-owned small businesses could attract a tremendous number of visitors to Beattyville. Therefore, community leaders envision great benefits from encouraging entrepreneurship in the private sector, especially in the area of tourism. With advancing technology and a global market made possible by the internet, businesses related to recreation and tourism could also lay the foundation for economic growth. Rock climbers need camping supplies, lodging, and equipment. People using outdoor recreation trails for riding ATVs, mountain biking, horseback riding, or hiking would also need supplies, equipment, food, and lodging. Boating and restaurant businesses have great opportunity as the Kentucky River is developed for boating and fishing. Beattyville needs venues for starting small businesses such as these. Having an incubator for entrepreneurs to test the sustainability of their company would help to initiate growth in small business development. Our Main Street is made up mostly of locally-owned small businesses, some of them being there for more than 50 years. A recent inventory of our Main Street buildings showed we currently have 18 empty buildings in our Main Street district, 10 of which are assessed by the Lee County Property Valuation Administrator as “poor” condition. The brownfield site is a large stone building built in 1939 by the Works Progress Administration (WPA). The WPA was an ambitious employment and infrastructure program President Roosevelt created in 1935, during the bleakest years of the Great Depression. The blight from this building has a negative economic impact, it hides the scenic landscape and detracts from tourism growth. Concern over contamination discourages redevelopment of this and the empty commercial space next to it. Remediating hazardous material from this site will remove this threat from the environment and impediment to redevelopment. Site cleanup will lead to redevelopment and create a new tourist related business and create new jobs. The clean up will contribute to a healthier community. Our community lacks the resources needed to address the issues with this blighted building. Renovating and leasing this building to a tourist based business would produce revenue, create jobs and eliminate blight from the property. Assistance provided through HGTV Hometown Takeover, would provide much needed resources to bring this property and other Main Street properties, back into productive reuse.
Museum President Bob Smith talks about a USA flag passed down through his family that once was flown on the USS Arizona. He also talks about a photo of the iconic battleship.
Read more about the ashes of veterans here..
Museum President Bob Smith talks about a donation of WWI Commemorative Plates made by the Rockcastle Supply Company who had a plant in Cressmont, Lee County, KY. He gives background information about the area logging company, community of Cressmont at the time, and the railroad around 1919-1920. Plan a visit www.visitleecountyky.com.
Visitors who come into the Three Forks Historical Center have found unique items that they can tell us more about. Here is a video with a visitor, Larry Fraley from West Liberty, KY talking about a Possum Pelt Board. Also there was a visitor, David Cook from Michigan who came to find information about his great grandfather Robinson's Lumber Company in Beattyville, KY. Follow the blog at www.threeforkshistorialcenter.com. Plan a visit www.visitleecountyky.com
Saturday, December 7th was a busy day for the City of Beattyville and the Three Forks Historical Center. The day started out with a Santa Workshop at the museum where children and families came in to write a letter to Santa, do an ornament craft, and decorate a cupcake like a reindeer. The museum also had 8 business vendors set up so while children did their crafts with the help of Mrs. Clause, an Elf, and some volunteers from Tourism and the DBA, parents shopped around the different tables. Bob Smith read the Christmas Story to the children and then Santa arrived at 12pm for photos. It was a fun morning at the museum to kick off the Christmas Spirit event that lasted all day till the parade through town that night and the Kiwanis Treat bags.
On Monday, November 11, 2019 the Lee County Republican Women club will be hosting a luncheon at the Three Forks Historical Center from 11am-1pm honoring Lee County Veterans. All Veterans, Veteran Families, and active military are invited to this appreciation luncheon. The women in the club will serve soups, sandwiches, deserts, and drinks.
Governor Matt Bevin walked down Main Street in Beattyville KY in this year's Woolly Worm Festival. This may be the first time that the festival has had an acting KY Governor in the parade. Video of the 2019 Woolly Worm Parade below.
Governor Matt Bevin: Minute 29:26
Lee County FFA donates to the museum by parking cars at the 32nd annual Woolly Worm Festival in Beattyville, KY.
We can't say enough about our local school system and especially the Lee County High School FFA under the leadership of Orvall Bennett. They are active in the community and do a wonderful job proudly representing Lee County when they travel to the KY State Fair in Lousiville or to Lexington to compete at the Wood Expo. Follow Lee County FFA on Facebook!
During the biggest event of the year in Beattyville, the Woolly Worm Festival, FFA students volunteers to park cars in the Village Apothecary lot and at Jack's IGA. They raised $1,462 and gave half in donation to the Three Forks Historical Center. We thank you Mr. Bennett and your students from the bottom our hearts for your donation and your support.
Lee County High School FFA Photos
The agriculture teacher at the Lee County High School, Mr. Orvall Bennett, brought his classes down to the Three Forks Historical Center. Driving the bus was museum board member Ray Shuler and the kids were meet by board members Bob Smith and JD Sipple as they toured the museum. Many of the kids had never been to the museum before. Bob and JD pointed out some rare and important artifacts and were there to answer any questions that the students had while exploring. Lee County FFA link.
"It's difficult to figure out where you are headed in life if you don't know where you've been. Many artifacts in the museum were used by your grandparents and great grandparents as they farmed, mined, logged, and raised their families without your modern devices like smartphones." - Bob Smith, Three Forks Historical Center President
Welcome to the blog page of the Three Forks Historical Center in Beattyville, KY.
Museum Board Members
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Edna G. Crabtree
Everett Lee Marshall