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History programs to be held at Old Mulkey and Jefferson Davis sites

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Old Mulkey Meetinghouse State Historic Site, in Tompkinsville, and Jefferson Davis State Historic Site, near Fairview, will both hold history programs for visitors on Saturday, September 20, 2014.

Old Mulkey will host a program on religious history called “From Cane Ridge to Old Mulkey: A Look at Restoration Events in Kentucky.” This event will feature speakers discussing the Restoration Movement in Kentucky during the 1800s.

Eddie Price, an educator and author, will speak on the Cane Ridge Revival of 1801 at 1:30 pm. Author and historian Loy Milam will speak at 2:45 p.m. on “Old Mulkey: A Plea for the Ancient Order.” At 4:00 p.m., Bowling Green minister Steven Hunter will present “An Argument for John Mulkey.”

The park will open for book signings at 10:30 a.m.; admission for the program is $5.00 a person.

For more information about the From Cane Ridge to Old Mulkey program, call Old Mulkey at (270) 487-8481.

Old Mulkey Meetinghouse State Historic Site was built in 1804 during an era of religious revival. The log structure has twelve corners in the shape of a cross and three doors, symbolic of the Holy Trinity. It is the second oldest log meeting house in Kentucky.

The church was founded by a small band of pioneer Baptists, led by Philip Mulkey and John Mulkey, the first preachers of record for the church. The Mulkey Church flourished for several years and services were held regularly until 1856.

Old Mulkey became a shrine in the Kentucky State Parks system in 1931. A cemetery on the grounds contains the graves of many of Monroe County pioneer families, a number of Revolutionary War soldiers, and the burial site of Hannah Boone Pennington, the sister of frontiersman, Daniel Boone.

Located in south central Kentucky in Tompkinsville and near the Tennessee border, Old Mulkey is about 125 miles from Metro Louisville.

Jefferson Davis State Historic Site will host a living history event from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in observation of the Civil War Sesquicentennial.

This living history program will feature the 12th U.S. Colored Heavy Artillery unit from Camp Nelson, Kentucky. The re-enactment will showcase African-American soldiers who fought during the Civil War.

This event is free and open to the public.

For more information about this living history event, call the Jefferson Davis site at (270) 889-6100.

The Jefferson Davis site is a memorial to the President of the Confederacy during the American Civil War. The 351-foot monument marks the site where this famous Kentuckian was born, June 3, 1808. Ironically, just eight months later and not more than 100 miles away, another great Kentuckian was born: Abraham Lincoln.

The monument, an obelisk constructed of Kentucky limestone, was completed in 1924. It rests on a foundation of solid Kentucky limestone with walls ten feet thick at the base, tapering to two feet thick near the top. An elevator inside the structure takes visitors to an observation room at the peak for a panoramic view of the countryside.

The grounds of the park are open all year; the museum and gift shop are open April 1 through November 15.

Jefferson Davis State Historic Site is located in southwestern Kentucky on US-68 just nine miles east of Hopkinsville and just over 150 miles from Metro Louisville.

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