Thursday’s with Ron…………..

Hi, each Thursday I volunteer a few hours at the Museum and will post a summary of the days events. Glad you could stop by……..my name is Ron Thomas and I want to invite you to stop by and see us at the Fleming County Covered Bridge Museum on Thursday’s or Saturdays……………I think you will find lots of interesting memorabilia, nostalgic and informative historical information about Fleming County and all the folks who lived here in the past.

We had an interesting visitor at the museum Thursday, Oct. 11.Mark Meade works with the state Natural Resources in the area of abandoned mines.

He admitted he had never worked in Fleming County on these matters and this was his first visit to the county.

While here, Mark and I carried on a conversation about the persistence of the belief and legend in Kentucky about valuable minerals and the chance to find them.

Our conversation included such interesting topics as John Swifts silver Mine to the numerous drilling attempts for oil, the uranium prospecting  craze which  included Fleming County in the  1950s, to the old  stories of the soil at Bluebank in Fleming County as having possibilities for diamonds. Mark gave slight credence to the possibility of diamonds in Elliott County, as he and I shared that we both had visited a diamond operation attempt there (my visit way back in the 60s).

My other work at the museum today consisted of arranging in some concise way, access to the clippings of Jean Calvert’s “Museum Musings”. We had donated many years of these by the lady long associated with the museum in Maysville.

There was also an inquiry for yearbooks from the Ewing schools.

Anyone with information on these from several years back, please inform the museum.

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3 Responses to Thursday’s with Ron…………..

  1. Ron Thomas says:

    Saturday, 10-13-2010, I was back in the museum to keep the doors open on the scheduled weekend day. Unfortunately, I did leave a little early but didn’t have any visitors in my stay of over three hours. I continued to work on organizing the pile of clippings. While I found very little that pertained to Flemingbsurg directly, I did find a couple of interesting items that showed public transportation in our close geographic area was much more available in the 1800s than it is to us today. During a weekend in 1884, Maysville street cars carried hundreds of passengers and in 1824, only 13 years after the invention of the steamboat, approximately 10 boats were making stops in Maysville and letting residents travel the Ohio to Wheeling and Pittsburgh, and down to Louisiana.
    We long for a train or a bus that close to us now days!

  2. Ron Thomas says:

    At the museum today (Oct. 21) I ascertained how many had visited during 2010. To date, 187 have come through the doors. These figures are bolstered somewhat by the fact that two classes attended and several came into the museum on court day. We continue to hope for greater community support, both in terms of visitors and membership in the museum’s work
    At the 10th birthday of the Maysville Museum in 1985, 200 attended so we do have a way to go to catch up to that museum’s past performances.
    Of interest read today, A Confederate raiding party left Flemingburg in 1864 and stole horses in Maysville. The raiders also stole cash, and shoes, and killed a man when he and his family were crossing to Aberdeen in a boat.
    In the early 1880s, a stable in Flemingsburg had the name the Bon Ton Stable. Perhaps the famous restaurant, the Bon Ton, (of which the museum has a table and chairs on exhibit) was named after this earlier Bon Ton.

  3. Ron Thomas says:

    I plan to donate several Fleming County Access TV videos made in the 1980s to the mid 1990s. These include news shows, musicals, and talk shows that feature a number of community people. In addition, I will donate an audio tape of the Fleming County Panthers run in the state tournament. Also, I plan to give the museum a copy of James Colgan’s book “Stories from the Wolfpen Hollar” and my own book “Outward and Inward: An Essay Collection.”

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