Mar 16, 2013 5:36 PM
NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Two historic sites in central Kentucky have been added to a list of national landmarks.
The Lexington Herald-Leader (http://bit.ly/Zn6ZkG) reports the Camp Nelson Historical and Archaeological District in Jessamine County and the George T. Stagg Distillery in Franklin County received the designations this month.
Stephen McBride, director of interpretation and archaeology at Camp Nelson Civil War Heritage Park called the designation an honor and said it might help with preservation efforts.
"It's the highest designation that the federal government gives ... short of being a national park," McBride said. "It's a recognition that a site has high national significance."
U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and National Park Service director Jonathan Jarvis announced 12 sites in the U.S. and Puerto Rico had been added to the list. Only Kentucky and Puerto Rico had more than one site added.
"These national historic landmark designations span more than two centuries of our country's history, from 17th-century architecture to a Civil War battlefield to a 19th-century Kentucky whiskey distillery that continued to operate through the Prohibition era," Salazar said in the written announcement. "Today's designations include significant sites that help tell the story of America and the contributions that people from all walks of life have made as we strive for a more perfect union."
According to federal officials, the Stagg distillery dates from about 1880, is a "rare, intact example of an operating distillery before, during and after Prohibition."
It was renamed the Buffalo Trace Distillery in 1999 after a renovation and currently produces Buffalo Trace Straight Bourbon Whiskey, as well as other brands including George T. Stagg bourbon.
Camp Nelson served as a supply depot, hospital and Union recruiting center for black troops during the Civil War.
McBride said the Camp Nelson Historic and Archaeological District includes a cemetery, historically significant private property and the county-owned Camp Nelson Civil War Heritage Park, which is 700 acres.
Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader, http://www.kentucky.com
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