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Concert At Pleasant Retreat:

On Saturday, August 8th, 2009, The Governor William Owsley House Foundation Board, Lancaster Women's' Club and The Garrard County Arts Council will be hosting at Pleasant Retreat,  a concert featuring The Baja Jazz Ambassadors of Lexington. Grounds will be open at 4pm & refreshments available at 5pm and the concert begins at 6pm. Rain date, August 10th at 6:30pm. For further information please visit:

  1. Bullet    http://www.owsleyhouse.org/www.OwsleyHouse.org/Programs.html

  2. Bullet    http://www.bajazz.org/

Owsley House Media Listings:

  1. Bullet    Garrard County Promotional Commercial

  2. Bullet    “Wallpaper: A History of Style And Trends” by Carolle Thibaut-Pomerantz Flammarion, Paris, 2009. 

  3. Bullet    http://www.amnews.com/public_html/?module=displaystory&story_id=49780&format=html

  4. Bullet     http://www.usatoday.com/travel/destinations/2009-05-12-kentucky-uncle-toms-cabin_N.htm


“Come Sit A Spell” event organizers: Maggie Morris’ & Nathan Mick’s

Note of Appreciation

The Governor William Owsley House is deeply honored

to have its scenic wall paper featured in Carolle Thibaut-Pomerantz’ new book,

“Wallpaper: A History of Style And Trends” Flammarion, Paris, 2009,

“The acclaimed  international historic wallpaper expert, Ms. Thibaut-Pomerantz has a new lavishly illustrated book, a must read for all those interested in the evolution of this beautiful, yet often overlooked, design element.” 

Leighton H. Coleman III

The Owsley House is featured in Garrard County’s newest promotional commercial. “Thanks goes to Parker Young, Nathan Mick and everyone who had an active role in making this great video presentation of our wonderful county!” Says John Wilson.

Maggie Morris, Lancaster City Council Member and Garrard County Arts Council Board Member is happy to report on the success of the 2010 Come Sit A Spell Concert & Auction. “It was a wonderful evening with regional wineries, cheese producers, and a professional musician, Jack Covell, playing on the back porch... and I'm so proud of the 85 guests, artists, and sponsors who attended.”

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Indefatigable Guardian of Kentucky’s Heritage Dies

The Board of Trustees announce with great sadness of the passing of our founder Patricia “Pat” Ballard. 

She will be deeply missed by all those fortunate to have worked with her, and our heartfelt condolences go to her family.  And for those looking for her monument, need only to see the numerous historic buildings that she and her historic preservation committee saved in Lancaster and throughout Garrard County.

Please click on the above links for access to the full article(s) and we thank both the Lexington Herald Reader & Spurlin Funeral Home for their most gracious courtesies.

2010 Come Sit A Spell

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Friends of Garrard County’s November’s Third Friday Community Get-Together,

“An Early Thanksgiving Party” On November 19th.

If you had driven South on US 27 from Lancaster’s town square at sunset last Friday night, and looked to your right, you would have seen the historical Governor William Owsley House all lit up for November’s Third Friday Community Get-Together, “An Early Thanksgiving Party”.


Upon entering, guests were greeted by the aroma of spiced cider and the music of 20 dulcimers and a guitar, compliments of the Danville Dulcimers. Docents, clad in period costumes, reminiscent of the mid-1800’s, were available to give tours and tell the history of each room, while sharing anecdotes about the Owsley family.


Guests from Garrard and surrounding counties brought a wide variety of finger foods and dined at tables decorated in autumn fare, as they talked with friends and neighbors and enjoyed the dulcimer concert.


The next Third Friday Community Get-Together will be “A Victorian Christmas” on December 17, at Hammonds Hall Bed and Breakfast, 216 West Maple, Lancaster, KY. The evening will include carolers dressed in Victorian costumes, violinists, a storyteller, a tour of the B&B, built in 1900, and carriage rides provided by First Southern National Bank.


Guests are invited to dress in period costume and bring their favorite holiday treat or hors d’oeuvre to share. All Third Friday events are free and run from 7:00 to 9:00 PM. A donation jar will be available to those who would like to help defray expenses. Come help us celebrate “A Victorian Christmas” at Hammonds Hall. For more information call 859-792-6632 or e-mail hammondshall@windstream.net You are invited to view Gary's photo album: “Third Friday Early Thanksgiving Owsley House 11/19/10”

Please click on the picture for access to the full article about our new arboretum.

Thanks to the Lexington Advocate-Messenger Online for their most gracious courtesies.

Untimely passing of Owsley House supporter

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