McConnell House

McConnell House A historic home, completed in 1834. Currently used as a tourism center, an educational resource and an event venue. The operation of the McConnell House is overseen by the Heritage, Arts, Science and Tourism Center(HASTC).
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Mission: The mission of HASTC is the preservation of regional culture and history through educational exhibits and programs in the arts and sciences.

Operating as usual

07/27/2020

Need a little help!! Who do you know that might be able to help us? We need internet service (100 Mbps or higher) at the Historic McConnell House. We either need an internet provider to step up or a person or company to sponsor it. We need it for our educational exhibits for tours by school kids. These exhibits now have QR Codes which needs the internet to pull up a U-Tube video. We also will be doing weekly live web-casts with Hank Bond and the Greenup Beacon. This web-cast brings a multitude of people into the house in addition to all the people who tune in to this web-cast. Many of them have not been visitors before. We also need it for guests at our rentals and events.
OK …. what is the pay back? We will make this sponsor a Corporate Sponsor. We currently have 15 corporate sponsors and would be delighted to add you or your business as number 16. They will be listed on the Sponsor Plaque in the front room. They will be listed on the Educational Exhibits as the sponsor of our internet. They will be listed on our web-site. They will have a yard card at our fund-raising events. They will be mentioned during the telecasts and recognition will be given in the Greenup Beacon. Ask your CPA ……. This donation is likely tax deductible.
Call me at 606-585-1585 if you are interested in becoming involved with us in operation and maintenance of the Historic McConnell House which was built 27 years before the Civil War. I would be glad to meet you at the house for a tour and further details

Farm to Fridge - Greenup, KY
07/18/2020

Farm to Fridge - Greenup, KY

Half runner beans $3.00 per pound
Tomatoes $2.50 per pound (red, yellow, pink, Mr. Stripey)
Yellow squash and zucchini are $1 each
Cucumbers and bell peppers $1 each
Picklers 3 for $1
Sweet peppers .25 each
Come on down the the farmers market!!!!

07/15/2020

Great opportunity to get your vegetables and your baked goods and all kinds of artwork, soaps and locally made products. When you get to the light on US 23 at the Industrial Parkway look to your right and you will see it.

Great things are happening at the Greenup County Farmers Market located at 35 Wurtland Avenue. Tuesdays and Saturdays 7am to noon. With produce, specialist foods and artisans, you'll be glad you shopped at the Greenup County Farmers Market. Check out their facebook today!

07/13/2020
McConnell House

McConnell House

Well, I guess by now it is obvious that we won't be holding the Farm to Table dinner next week. We are reviewing our options and will make a decision soon. If we can hold it before the end of the farming season, we will post on this page as well as on the Greenup County Farm to Table page. Regardless, if the event is not held this year, we will give you the option of a refund or carrying them over to next years event. Looking forward to a "Bigger and better event" whenever it is held.

07/12/2020

Well, I guess by now it is obvious that we won't be holding the Farm to Table dinner next week. We are reviewing our options and will make a decision soon. If we can hold it before the end of the farming season, we will post on this page as well as on the Greenup County Farm to Table page. Regardless, if the event is not held this year, we will give you the option of a refund or carrying them over to next years event. Looking forward to a "Bigger and better event" whenever it is held.

07/07/2020
The McConnell House Complex

One of my objectives has been to develop a video of The McConnell house. My vision was to have a drone do a 360 degree video and then go inside and do a 360 walkthrough video of each room. Steve Bevis call me out of the blue and told me he had just done a 360 video with a drone. He sent me a copy and it is absolutely amazing.

Here is the link to that video on YouTube.

https://youtu.be/2gaQHzkeoqs.

Of course this renewed my enthusiasm to do the interior video. Well Steve also volunteered to do that. So we formed two committees. Alice Diedrich will oversee the decorating of the house and Jody Hannah will be writing the script for the video. We also have someone that has done professional commercials and voice-overs and she has volunteered to do the voice. Hank Bond from the Greenup Beacon gave me professional guidance also. Hank created the original thought to do the interior video.

We will be doing the interior decorating in August with the filming of the Interior video to follow.. Stay tuned..

The McConnell house is located just off of US 23 in Wurtland, Greenup county Kentucky. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975.

Another item checked off of our want list. We now have a beautiful eight foot picnic table under the big tree by the par...
06/27/2020

Another item checked off of our want list. We now have a beautiful eight foot picnic table under the big tree by the parking lot. Thanks to Jody Hannah and her parents, Arby and Wanda Hannah who donated this table today.

Thanks also to Alice Diedrich and her daughter who came by and cleaned and dusted the upstairs.

David Stevenson and his Cut and Clear crew freshly mowed our lawn and everything looks fantastic.

06/14/2020
McConnell House

McConnell House

We held our June Board of Directors Meeting on Zoom internet. Hope we can resume meeting in person in July. It was a good meeting anyway. Our thanks to Jeff Evans Jr. who set the meeting up for us.
Our Officers for 2020 -2021 are in place and have hit the ground running. Claudine Williamson decided to step down as 1st Vice President I want to thank Claudine for her many years of involvement including as President,
I want to thank and congratulate Jody Hannah who stepped up to fill that position. I decided to continue as President …. We have such a great Board and things are going so well, I want to enjoy another year.
We have plans in place to have a full slate of events in the rest of 2020:
September 5th Derby Party
September 17th Business After Hours
September 18th AG Day
September 18th Wicket Friday
September 19th Croquet Tournament
December 12th Christmas Tea
December 13th Christmas Open House
December 13th Board Christmas party

Our corporate sponsors have stepped up and the house and grounds look better than I have ever seen it. Cut & Clear Lawn Care (David & Marilyn Stephenson) have the grounds looking fantastic. Sweet Bee Gardens (Shane Fields) has the East flower bed planted and it is very happy and so are the bees. Area Pest Control has just sprayed the house, the restrooms and the school house. Their involvement ended our bug problem. Cox Commercial A/C & Heat answered our call and came out to service the inoperative A/C unit in the attic for the 2nd floor. Dave Miller from Miller’s Lock & Key came to our rescue four times to fix stubborn deadbolt locks. Our fire extinguishers are due for their annual maintenance check and a call to A&S Fire Protection Services has us on the schedule. And we have other Corporate Sponsors who are always involved with us …. Sometimes behind the scenes.
R & R Tent Rentals is always there supporting us at our annual Croquet Tournament and are frequently involved with large events.
ART Storage made it possible for us to stage the “Travelers Room”. This room was a storage room for all our Christmas decorations and our Croquet Tournament equipment. The offsite storage unit is a lifesaver.
Imel’s Greenhouse. What can I say. Always there to help us beautify the house & grounds.
McBrayer, McGinnis, Leslie & Kirkland. Always there when we need help. They are a major sponsor of our annual Business After Hours.
Greenup Beacon. Supports our educational exhibits and work with us on publicity. Currently working with us on a promotional video.
Fyffe & Jones CPA’s. Keeps our finances straight and keeps us out of financial trouble. Terry has been involved with HASTC for close to 30 years. We are in the best financial shape since I began my involvement.
Quality Sealcoating and Services. Have you seen the driveway and parking lot. I was told it would have to be repaved. Michael French saved it. It looks fantastic.
High Performance Computer Services. Takes care of our website as I just don’t have time to do it. (OK …. I am just not a computer guy).
People’s Bank. Helped us get out of debt and also helps us with the annual Alliance Business after hours.

I lost track of our South property line, so I called Paul Gilliam. He did surveying for us when Marlena & I were building the first Habitat House. He came out with the most amazing locating device I have ever seen. In about 20 minutes he had located and marked the two corners. Thanks Paul.

We have been able to accomplish a lot of maintenance during the self-isolating time period. Jody Hannah and her parents Arby and Wanda Hannah spent days stripping the peeling paint from the handicap ramp and repainted it. It looks fantastic.

We were able to complete 28 jobs from our do list. We spread 50 bags of mulch and did a lot of plaster repair and painting. (thanks David and Marilyn Stephenson for donating 5 gallon of paint.) The Covid19 slowed down our income, but other than a couple of big $ items that we had to defer, we have made amazing progress with little cost. Come by and see …………..

06/14/2020

We held our June Board of Directors Meeting on Zoom internet. Hope we can resume meeting in person in July. It was a good meeting anyway. Our thanks to Jeff Evans Jr. who set the meeting up for us.
Our Officers for 2020 -2021 are in place and have hit the ground running. Claudine Williamson decided to step down as 1st Vice President I want to thank Claudine for her many years of involvement including as President,
I want to thank and congratulate Jody Hannah who stepped up to fill that position. I decided to continue as President …. We have such a great Board and things are going so well, I want to enjoy another year.
We have plans in place to have a full slate of events in the rest of 2020:
September 5th Derby Party
September 17th Business After Hours
September 18th AG Day
September 18th Wicket Friday
September 19th Croquet Tournament
December 12th Christmas Tea
December 13th Christmas Open House
December 13th Board Christmas party

Our corporate sponsors have stepped up and the house and grounds look better than I have ever seen it. Cut & Clear Lawn Care (David & Marilyn Stephenson) have the grounds looking fantastic. Sweet Bee Gardens (Shane Fields) has the East flower bed planted and it is very happy and so are the bees. Area Pest Control has just sprayed the house, the restrooms and the school house. Their involvement ended our bug problem. Cox Commercial A/C & Heat answered our call and came out to service the inoperative A/C unit in the attic for the 2nd floor. Dave Miller from Miller’s Lock & Key came to our rescue four times to fix stubborn deadbolt locks. Our fire extinguishers are due for their annual maintenance check and a call to A&S Fire Protection Services has us on the schedule. And we have other Corporate Sponsors who are always involved with us …. Sometimes behind the scenes.
R & R Tent Rentals is always there supporting us at our annual Croquet Tournament and are frequently involved with large events.
ART Storage made it possible for us to stage the “Travelers Room”. This room was a storage room for all our Christmas decorations and our Croquet Tournament equipment. The offsite storage unit is a lifesaver.
Imel’s Greenhouse. What can I say. Always there to help us beautify the house & grounds.
McBrayer, McGinnis, Leslie & Kirkland. Always there when we need help. They are a major sponsor of our annual Business After Hours.
Greenup Beacon. Supports our educational exhibits and work with us on publicity. Currently working with us on a promotional video.
Fyffe & Jones CPA’s. Keeps our finances straight and keeps us out of financial trouble. Terry has been involved with HASTC for close to 30 years. We are in the best financial shape since I began my involvement.
Quality Sealcoating and Services. Have you seen the driveway and parking lot. I was told it would have to be repaved. Michael French saved it. It looks fantastic.
High Performance Computer Services. Takes care of our website as I just don’t have time to do it. (OK …. I am just not a computer guy).
People’s Bank. Helped us get out of debt and also helps us with the annual Alliance Business after hours.

I lost track of our South property line, so I called Paul Gilliam. He did surveying for us when Marlena & I were building the first Habitat House. He came out with the most amazing locating device I have ever seen. In about 20 minutes he had located and marked the two corners. Thanks Paul.

We have been able to accomplish a lot of maintenance during the self-isolating time period. Jody Hannah and her parents Arby and Wanda Hannah spent days stripping the peeling paint from the handicap ramp and repainted it. It looks fantastic.

We were able to complete 28 jobs from our do list. We spread 50 bags of mulch and did a lot of plaster repair and painting. (thanks David and Marilyn Stephenson for donating 5 gallon of paint.) The Covid19 slowed down our income, but other than a couple of big $ items that we had to defer, we have made amazing progress with little cost. Come by and see …………..

Had a long description of what went on with each picture but for some reason all the comments disappeared. So just enjoy...
06/03/2020

Had a long description of what went on with each picture but for some reason all the comments disappeared. So just enjoy the pictures.

Taking advantage of social distancing and doing a lot of work at The McConnell house. Board member Jody Hannah and her F...
05/27/2020

Taking advantage of social distancing and doing a lot of work at The McConnell house. Board member Jody Hannah and her Father Arby and Mother Wanda, have been working on the handicap ramp out back. Everything's been repaired, scraped and caulked and now they are painting. Out front Marlena is weeding the Larope and installing fresh mulch. Where am I you ask? You remember that big shade tree out in the front yard. Lol. Actually I have been doing repairs and catching up on the do list here.
We have done a lot of plaster repairs and repainting. David and Marilyn Stevenson donated 5 gallon of paint. It's the best paint match for the color that I've ever seen. We have the kitchen and the West front room done and just a few more places to do in the entrance foyer and the East room. Grateful that we have some place that we can stay busy.

Finally moved the educational exhibit upstairs and hung in its proper place. This project detailing all the iron ore fur...
04/17/2020

Finally moved the educational exhibit upstairs and hung in its proper place. This project detailing all the iron ore furnaces located in this area in the late 1800s, was completed by the Argillite Elementary school kids. The Flippity Floppy Robotics Club constructed this exhibit and we dedicated it in March. Educational exhibits for the kids by the kids. Now it's time to select another project. Any suggestions?

Sweet Bee Gardens Greenup KY.
04/11/2020

Sweet Bee Gardens Greenup KY.

Doing some spring maintenance at the flower bed at the McConnell House. Amazed at how beautiful some of these plants are. They must really like it here!

04/03/2020

Went by The McConnell house to get the screen door to bring home to rebuild. We had bought the material some time back.

I was totally overcome with the beauty of the house and grounds. I want to thank David and Maryland Stevenson and Cut and Clear lawn care for the beautiful job on the lawn. We really appreciate our Corporate sponsors that step up and help us operate and maintain this treasure.

The house looks amazing. The tulip trees are in bloom and all the other trees are starting to bud. What an amazing job all of the volunteers over the past 30 years have accomplished with this home.

03/14/2020

After polling our board members and after serious consideration, I have decided to postpone our spring tea that was scheduled for March 21st. I think this is a prudent action to take and we will discuss a new date at our April board meeting. If you are a ticket holder please notify me that you received this message so I can Mark you off the list of people I need to notify.

The Argillite Elementary School kids, sponsors and parents brought the educational display on the iron ore furnaces to T...
03/11/2020

The Argillite Elementary School kids, sponsors and parents brought the educational display on the iron ore furnaces to The McConnell house tonight. Absolutely fantastic work and we are so proud to be adding this upstairs to our educational exhibits for future School tours.

This group of kids certainly reflect well on the principal, teachers and parents of the Argillite Elementary school system.

03/03/2020

Please share with school administrators and teachers: Since the group staging the Civil War Days has decided to relocate, we have received several calls and are booking school tours. These tours are free and scheduled for your convenience. In 1834, five children from ages 14 down to 2 years of age, moved into this home and our tours detail to the students how these children lived.

Educational exhibits are being set up to tell about the Heritage of our area with exhibits such as the Eastern Kentucky Railroad. This exhibit uses a QR code which allows the student, using a QR code reader on their phone, to pull up a U-tube video with action footage of the railroad and the towns it served.

On March 10th, we will be dedicating an additional exhibit of the many Iron Ore furnaces that were prevalent in our area. This is an exhibit for the kids being developed by kids. The Robotics class at Argillite Elementary School is developing this exhibit.

The first one room private school in our area was opened in about 1859 to educate the children of George Wurts, who owned the home during this time period. This structure has been staged as it might have looked in the mid 1800’s and is now opened for the tour.

A room accessible only from the upper porch was a “Travelers Room”. This room was available for people who were traveling by riverboat or horseback. This room is furnished with furniture from the mid 1800’s including a “chamber pot” which always brings a chorus of “Oh Gross” from the students.

Yes the basement will be open for the tours

Call Bud @ 606-585-1585 to schedule your tour.

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100 McConnell House Dr
Wurtland, KY
41144

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