The Kentucky Gateway Museum Center will host a new local history exhibit from June 15 through Sept. 28 titled Road Life: Sites and Scenes along Kentucky's First Highway. The road from Maysville to Lexington has a long and colorful history. Known first as the Limestone Trace, the road was a principal route for immigrants coming to Kentucky.
In 1835, the Maysville Turnpike Company completed work on the 67-mile-long Maysville and Lexington Turnpike. Kentucky’s first highway would boast the earliest macadamized road surface in the state. Politicians Henry Clay, Andrew Jackson, and war hero Lafayette traveled the road, along with commercial traffic that brought foreign goods to Kentucky consumers. In the 20th century, the road became Highway 68 and continues to connect Kentucky to the national road network.
This exhibit uses recent archaeological excavations to interpret the road's historical geography and social contexts and is based on the recent publication, Kentucky’s Frontier Highway: Historical Landscapes Along the Maysville Road. The authors are Karl Raitz, geography professor, and Nancy O’Malley, assistant director of the William S. Webb Museum of Anthropology, at the University of Kentucky. They will be available to sign copies of their book at KGMC from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, June 22.
The exhibit is sponsored by Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, Federal Highway Administration, Kentucky Archaeological Survey and the W.S. Webb Museum of Anthropology.
Museum hours are Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.
For more information, visit www.kygmc.org or call 606-564-5865.