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Kentucky Historical Society to unveil maker to commemorate Elmwood Hall in Ludlow

On September 7, the Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) is unveiling a new state historical marker in Ludlow.

Sponsored by the Ludlow Heritage Museum and the Starke Family Foundation, the marker commemorates Elmwood Hall, a house once owned by Israel Ludlow, a founder of the community.

The marker discusses both the ownership of the house and its later use. According to the marker, “Elmwood Hall is Ludlow’s longest surviving structure.”

Elmwood Hall — Ludlow’s oldest house

According to Alli Robic, who manages the KHS historical marker program, Elmwood Hall played a significant role in the evolution of the town.

“At various times the house served as an elite villa, a railway town duplex, a factory building and a studio for local artists,” Robic said. “It now serves as a testament to the development of the community. The work of the City of Ludlow and the property owners’ efforts to maintain this historic structure is a testament to the importance of Elmwood Hall,” she added.

The marker unveiling will take place at 244 Forest Ave. at 3:00 p.m. Speakers will include Robic, Mark Mitchell, president of the Ludlow Heritage Museum, Carolyn Starke of the Starke Family Foundation, Scott Alvey, director of the Kentucky Historical Society, and Mayor Josh Boone from the City of Ludlow.

Patrick Snadon, the present owner of Elmwood Hall, will unveil the marker. Snadon also serves as vice-president of the Ludlow Heritage Museum.

The Kentucky Historical Marker Program, administered by KHS in cooperation with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, tells Kentucky’s story through on-the-spot history lessons that connect the history, communities and items housed in the Commonwealth’s many historical organizations. The program makes Kentucky’s history accessible to the public not just on markers along the state’s roadways, but also online at www.history.ky.gov/markers and via the Explore Kentucky History smartphone application available free at iTunes and Google Play.

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