Old senior center might become new county museum
by Franklin Clark, Reporter -- fclark@cadizrecord.com
Dec 08, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Months after the Trigg County Senior Citizens Center moved out of its old building to its new location on Joy Lane, the old building remains unused.

However, the county is talking with the Trigg County Historical Society and is looking at making the building into a new Trigg County Museum, said Trigg County Judge-Executive Stan Humphries.

“We have been discussing the possibility of establishing a Trigg County Museum, and allow that facility to house memorabilia and historical items from the county,” said Humphries, who also said that the Historical Society might help oversee and help staff the new museum.

In particular, the county is looking at getting a Transportation Enhancement (TE) grant from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet for slightly less than $500,000, and they will know by the first part of the new year whether the county will receive that grant, Humphries said.

That TE grant would go toward refurbishing the building, with the requirement that the county keep a small percentage of the building designated to transportation information, although this would go well with the museum idea, as the county could use that money for exhibits on the history of the old Cadiz railroad or Highway 68, said Humphries.

“We think this may be the direction that we’re going to look at, “ Humphries said. “There’s possibilities of parts of the facility actually being rental space that would help defer some of the costs associated with the upkeep.”

David Shore of the Trigg County Historical Society said he hopes there will also be a place in the new museum for arts and crafts, and like Humphries he also hopes the county is awarded the TE grant.

Humphries said that if the TE grant is not awarded, the county will still probably try to work with the Historical Society to see what kind of museum can be put in the old Senior Center building.

Shore said that the Cadiz Christian Church was established there in 1842, and that the current building was built in 1855. The Cadiz Christian Church was on the ground floor, while the Masonic Lodge was on the second floor, Shore said.

However, the building has had many uses over the years, and even The Cadiz Record was housed within its walls at one point, said Shore.

In 1894, the steeple was relocated from the Masonic building to the new Christian Church at the corner of Main and Madison Streets, said Shore, who added that the Masonic Lodge was in use until a new lodge was built in 1979.

A Trigg County Museum near Interstate 24 has been closed for years but is still visible from the road. Humphries said the facility was “kind of out of the way” and didn’t have much floor space – two problems he thinks a museum at the old senior center building wouldn’t have.

Shore said that before the old courthouse was torn down in 2008, the doors, which date back to 1920, frames and other hardware were taken and stored at the old Trigg County Museum. He hopes to use some of it for the renovation of the senior center building.

In 2008, a new senior center was announced, and construction followed the following year. In late June and July, construction on the new building on Joy Lane was completed, and the move followed in late July and early August.
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