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

Our Greenup County Treasure
01/19/2021
Our Greenup County Treasure

Our Greenup County Treasure

A tour of the McConnell House Music: Epidemic Sound Gear: Sony A7RIIIMavic Air 2

Just wanted to make a final post since I have turned over the responsibilities of the page to Jeff Evans Jr.I a...
01/19/2021
Our Greenup County Treasure

Just wanted to make a final post since I have turned over the responsibilities of the page to Jeff Evans Jr.

I am a attaching a link to our McConnell House video. This is one of the Loose Ends that I want to tie up since I moved to the back of the room on January 1st. Hank Bond from the Greenup Beacon and I discussed this concept about a year ago over breakfast. We had a couple of commitments that didn't work out but then along came Steve Bevis out of the Clear Blue Sky. He sent me a video that he had done with a drone of the house and grounds. I met with him and ask him about the possibility of doing the rest of our concept of the inside of the house and he agreed. I think the video says it all. I am super pleased and excited to finally get this project released. A lot of people were involved with me ln making this happen and as the credits roll at the end they will be recognized.

Click on the link:

https://youtu.be/q-AfRHy6SJw

A tour of the McConnell House Music: Epidemic Sound Gear: Sony A7RIIIMavic Air 2

12/27/2020

Yesterday morning, after much thought, I sent an email with my resignation to the Board of Directors of the Heritage Arts, Science and Tourism Center effective December 31st at midnight. I lost my enthusiasm and that's not good for me or the organization either.
Jody Hannah, first vice-president, will assume my duties until the election in May. I am totally confident that she has what we need at this point. I appreciate the support that I have been given by the board members and volunteers during my 10-year involvement.

12/09/2020
McConnell House

McConnell House

Please share and spread the word.

We held a virtual board meeting tonight and the plans are set. The house is beautifully decorated and we will hold a drive-by viewing on this coming Friday, Saturday and Sunday December 11th 12th and 13th, and the following Friday, Saturday and Sunday December 18th 19th and 20th. The house will be lighted from 6 until 9 p.m. on those days. People can walk around the house and grounds and enjoy the decorations and Christmas music as long as they wear masks and are socially distanced.

We will have a box by the driveway where children can place their wish list and their name and phone number (prepared ahead of time) and we will hold a drawing for a $50 Walmart gift card. Since we have not been able to hold a single fundraiser this year and several people have asked how they could make a donation, we will accept donations in that same box.

12/09/2020

Please share and spread the word.

We held a virtual board meeting tonight and the plans are set. The house is beautifully decorated and we will hold a drive-by viewing on this coming Friday, Saturday and Sunday December 11th 12th and 13th, and the following Friday, Saturday and Sunday December 18th 19th and 20th. The house will be lighted from 6 until 9 p.m. on those days. People can walk around the house and grounds and enjoy the decorations and Christmas music as long as they wear masks and are socially distanced.

We will have a box by the driveway where children can place their wish list and their name and phone number (prepared ahead of time) and we will hold a drawing for a $50 Walmart gift card. Since we have not been able to hold a single fundraiser this year and several people have asked how they could make a donation, we will accept donations in that same box.

McConnell House
12/08/2020

McConnell House

McConnell House 2020 Christmas Decorations
Photos by Ronald Spence

McConnell House 2020 Christmas DecorationsPhotos by Ronald Spence
12/08/2020

McConnell House 2020 Christmas Decorations
Photos by Ronald Spence

We're getting close to being finished with the decorations of the McConnell house. Few more final touches and we'll post...
12/06/2020

We're getting close to being finished with the decorations of the McConnell house. Few more final touches and we'll post our schedule. We will do a test run one night to see how everything looks lit up. Thanks to Claudine Williamson, Marlena Ross, and Alice Diedrich for all the decorating expertise. It looks fantastic. We have four trees and lots of lights and Garland and wreaths with big red bows everywhere.. We will have a couple of weekends where you can drive down the driveway and enjoy the decorations. Children can put their wishlist in a box for Santa along with their name and phone number and we'll have a drawing for a $50 Walmart gift card. Stay tuned.

11/24/2020

Well, we haven't been able to Stage a single function this year but we're going to go out fighting. We can't have a Christmas open house but we have decided that we will decorate what can be seen from the driveway with a lot of outside lights, Garland and wreaths with big red bows. We're going to put a Christmas tree up on the upper porch. We will do some uplighting and we are going to decorate inside the house to the extent that we will do white tablecloths and red Runners with centerpieces. We also will decorate a couple of trees that can be seen through the windows. . We'll use lots of lights and Garland. We will have music playing on the grounds during the two weekends before Christmas. People can drive down the driveway and the kids can wave to Santa and put their wishlist in the Box along with their name and address for a drawing of a gift card like we've done the last two years in person. We may allow people to park in the parking lot and walk around the house if they can maintain social distance and wear masks. Your thoughts??? Watch for updates on this site.

One more time I want to post the great work done by quality services and sealcoating. It makes an amazing difference. We...
11/20/2020

One more time I want to post the great work done by quality services and sealcoating. It makes an amazing difference. We are proud to have them as a corporate sponsor of the historic McConnell house. Thank you Michael French and crew.

Driveway sealed and parking lot sealed and re striped. Now I know why they call it quality services and sealcoating. Thi...
11/09/2020

Driveway sealed and parking lot sealed and re striped. Now I know why they call it quality services and sealcoating. This is quality work.

Stopped by the historic McConnell house and found Quality Services and Sealcoating sealing  our parking lot and driveway...
11/08/2020

Stopped by the historic McConnell house and found Quality Services and Sealcoating sealing our parking lot and driveway again. What a great corporate sponsor. I hope they know how much we appreciate their support.

10/31/2020

The fall Bazaar scheduled for November 7th has been cancelled because of the severe covid-19 increase in cases. We are glad we can partner with the UK extension office next door on projects like this and look forward to working with them in the future.

We're still reviewing our options for our Christmas tea and open house but quite frankly it doesn't look real promising. Our fundraisers have really taken a hit this year but we're really hoping for a comeback starting with our spring tea. Stay safe ...... cover up..... and stay tuned.

Greenup Arts
10/19/2020

Greenup Arts

We are enjoying some classic tunes by Tom Stephens and Chandler Gillum this morning as people shop at the Farmers Market and pick up their Farm-To-Table baskets. It’s a beautiful day!

Since we couldn't do a farm to table dinner, the farm-to-table committee decided to make up and sell various baskets of ...
10/17/2020

Since we couldn't do a farm to table dinner, the farm-to-table committee decided to make up and sell various baskets of local products. What an absolutly great job they did. We're at the McConnell house this morning for people to pick up the baskets that they pre-ordered and purchased. Thanks to everyone involved with this including the Future Farmers of America, 4-H and the McConnell house.

10/15/2020

Well, there's an old saying that says "all good things must end someday". Today, after much thought, I notified the Board of Directors of the Heritage Arts, Science and Tourism Center, that I will not run for another term as President when my term expires. It's time to let some younger folks take over. Proud of what we have done during my 10 years but optimistic about what we will continue to do in the future.

I appreciate all the help and support I have been given.

10/06/2020

There was an interesting article in the Ashland Independent about the historic McConnell house. The reporter called me and asked me when the back Wing was added and I got him the information from our historian. I also invited him to meet with me at the house along with our historian to get the complete story. He chose not to do that. He interviewed someone who told him that our tour was Bull S**it. (yes, that was in the article). I gave this person the last tour I know of that he had a few years ago. At no time would I have told him that slaves were shackled in the basement or that there was a tunnel to the river. I don't believe those theories because I see no evidence of it and wouldn't have told him that on the tour. I just don't believe that a man of means would shackle slaves in the basement of his residence with his family living there. He had plenty of other buildings if he had wanted to do that. I also see no evidence that the tunnel ever left the basement. There would be evidence of the huge building blocks having been remove replaced and I don't see that either. I feel like this article was a disservice to the hard-working volunteers who have worked over 30 years to restore, operate and maintain this historic home. They deserve better ...........

10/01/2020

We just have until Saturday to get all of our orders together so we can put the baskets together and have them available for the 17th. If you want to order a basket and pay by PayPal or credit card go to The McConnell House website at McConnellHouse - ky.com. When I am notified of your payment I will fill out an order form for you. It's just that easy. If you want to pay by cash or check just let me know and I will be at the McConnell house Saturday from 10 till 12 to help you process your order. Future Farmers, 4H and the McConnell house appreciate your support for our programs for kids

Need your help.  This is a worthwhile event to benefit 4H, FFA and HASTC.  We only have a week to sell farm to table bas...
09/25/2020

Need your help. This is a worthwhile event to benefit 4H, FFA and HASTC. We only have a week to sell farm to table baskets. I have attached an order form with a complete description of what is in each basket. You can attach a check or pay with credit card on the HASTC website. They can be picked up on the 17th. These would make good gifts for friends or neighbors. I plan to order three. Let me know if you are ordering and I will help you get the paperwork to the committee.

See the attached order form. Let me know if you are placing an order.
Thanks

09/12/2020

I will be announcing very soon the addition of our 16th corporate sponsor that helps us operate and maintain this beautiful home. But now I need to find a plumbing contractor that would like to be 17th corporate sponsor. We have very few problems but I would like to have somebody that can jump in and help us when we do need help. If you know of a plumbing contractor that would like to be our 17th corporate sponsor have them give me a call and I'll tell him what is in it for them. Call Bud at 606-585-1585.

The geese have once again made their annual visit to the McConnell house. There used to be a cornfield next door where t...
08/26/2020

The geese have once again made their annual visit to the McConnell house. There used to be a cornfield next door where the extension office is and they still come here and visit. I counted 25 while I was sitting on the front porch.

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 …………..

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100 McConnell House Dr
Wurtland, KY
41144

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Has a decision been made about the Christmas Tea? Will it be held or cancelled?
Thank you to the the vendor, Farm to Fridge, for decorating the McConnell House for fall! I love the setup and was so glad to have captured beautiful pictures of this beautiful family there Saturday. They're adding mum's today, so go out and take pictures and then tag the McConnell House, Farm to Fridge, and Greenup Arts in your posts. **OR schedule a session with me, Sugar Creek Photography, at the McConnell House.**
Looking forward to the Spring Tea.
Thank you for hosting another wonderful Christmas Tea.