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Museum Musings

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By The Staff

* Log Cabin, April 21, 1950 - “Excerpt from a history of the Court House as written by Mrs. Marshall McDowell- ‘There is a tradition that the trial of Adam and Andrew House for murder was held in the log house back of the public square. Circuit court records state that the first Circuit Court for Harrison County was established Feb. 7, 1803 at the courthouse. The records state that it continued to meet there. In June 1806 Circuit Court met at the courthouse and the House brothers were tried at that session. They were defended by Henry Clay and because of an error in the indictment were set free. There is no guesswork or speculation in the facts here set down. They are just as they were recorded in handwriting, very often eloquent, by the sober-minded of the community.’”

* Cynthiana News, April 10, 1856 - “Cynthiana Coach Factory - H. F. Cromwell - Manufacturer of Caleche Coaches, Rock Aways with 1, 2 and 3 seats. Phaetons, Slide Seat Buggies, Top and Open Buggies which I will warrant to be made of the very best selected materials, and the workmanship in point of style and durability in any other work, eastern or western this market can furnish. Repairing done with neatness and dispatch, on moderate terms. I will continue to manufacture wagons and plows. Those wishing to purchase will rind it to their advantage to give us a call before purchasing elsewhere.”

* John Updike - “June - The sun is rich and gladly pays in golden hours, silver days, and long green weeks that never end. School’s out. The time is ours to spend.”

* Cynthiana Democrat, June 1896 - “The residence of the late T. J. Megibben, a magnificent place, crowns a hill on the south side of the city and has for a background a splendid grove.” (Monticello)

* Cynthiana Democrat, Jan. 10, 1929 - “At North Middletown Tuesday night the Oddville girls basketball team defeated the North Middletown girls 35 to 8. Oddville girls have not met defeat this season.” (Have you seen the Oddville girls basketball championship trophy at the museum?)

* Nathaniel Parker Willis - “It is the month of June, the month of leaves and roses when pleasant sights salute the eyes, and pleasant scents the noses.”

* Cynthiana Democrat, May 12, 1966 - “Ground breaking ceremonies for the new Harrison Memorial Hospital will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at the construction site on Millersburg Road. Speaker for the event will be Judge Mac Swinford.”

* 1955 - “Slow Down Pa - Sakes Alive - Ma Missed Signs - Four And Five - Burma Shave”

What a pleasure it was to have Eastside’s fourth graders visit the museum last Tuesday.We welcome other groups, call 859-234-7179. The museum is open on Fridays and Saturdays, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.