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Kentucky Historical Society marker to honor state hospital residents

Monday, 05 05, 2014

Janene Zaccone
502-564-1792, ext. 4490

The Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) will dedicate a historical marker to honor the thousands of Kentuckians with disabilities who lived at the Frankfort State Hospital and School and the hundreds buried in its cemetery. The event will be at 3 p.m. EDT Thursday, May 22, at Glenn’s Creek Road near Fowler Street.


The Frankfort State Hospital and School opened in 1860 and closed in 1972. Many residents spent their entire lives there working as unpaid staff maintaining the facility. More than 411 people are buried in the cemetery. Most of the graves are marked “unknown.”


More than 2,200 historical markers statewide tell Kentucky’s history. More information about the marker application process, a database of markers and their text and the Explore Kentucky History app, a virtual tour of markers by theme, is at KHS administers the Kentucky Historical Marker Program in cooperation with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.


For more information, contact Becky Riddle, Kentucky Historical Marker Program coordinator, at 502- 564-1792, ext. 4474 or




The Kentucky Historical Society, an agency of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, was established in 1836 and is committed to helping people understand, cherish and share Kentucky’s history. The KHS history campus includes the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History, the Old State Capitol and the Kentucky Military History Museum at the State Arsenal. For more information about KHS and its programs, visit