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Forty years ago, the Glen Willis was just a shell of it’s grand beginnings.  The home was built back in 1815.  It was shuttered and, like much of the history in Frankfort, was in danger of being bulldozed over.  Caring Frankfort citizens created the Franklin County Trust for Historic Preservation to work together to save this historic gem.

Glen Willis c1975

In 1974 a local group of concerned citizens identified the then forlorn Glen Willis House as the Bicentennial project for Franklin County, and shortly after the Franklin County Trust for Historic Preservation was formed to take on the project. However, soon after the Trust began, the Glen Willis was to be sold at auction to settle an estate, and was in danger of demolition by developers. Now 40 years later, the Trust succeeded in preserving this historic landmark for our community, and we continue to work to preserve our heritage everyday.

The Riverside Soiree being held this evening at the historic Glen Willis is a celebration of those concerned citizens and their efforts in preserving the historic structures of Frankfort.  In a way, it’s a rebirth-day party for the Glen Willis itself!  It’s been 40 years.  And what a difference!

Come on out this evening from 5:30 to 9:30 and enjoy music and art and help celebrate the wonderful work that this non-profit organization has accomplished and continues to achieve.

Enjoy an artist gallery with works by many local artists including the photography of Mr. Gene Burch. Locally famous for his compositions, including a calendar he has produced since 1992.  Ms. April Cole is Owner, Editor & Photographer at Capital Living Magazine, and Owner/Photographer for Digital Expressions Photography and will also be one of the featured artists for the evening, displaying her works of Franklin Counties historic places and much more!  Stroll through and enjoy original paintings by Cheryl Olds Cheek.  Enjoy works of art displayed by Mr. Richard Taylor, a past Poet Laureate of Kentucky, Kenan Visiting Writer at Transylvania University in Lexington, and co-owner of Poor Richard’s Books in Frankfort while enjoying music performed by The Stringling Brothers and The Hart Strings.

Limited tickets are available for this event that is sure to be historic in it’s own rite!

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