Thanks to inaction by state officials, a historic state park in Kentucky became the property of a Baptist church late last year.
Boone Station State Historic Site in Fayette County had been operated as a small state park for about 20 years. It has now become the property of David's Fork Baptist Church in Lexington, reported the Lexington Herald-Leader Jan. 29.
The land was given to the state by a man named Robert Channing Strader in his will. The will specified that if the property were not "developed as a historic state park" within 15 years, ownership should revert to the Baptist church he attended.
Although the site has operated as a small park and contains a granite monument, two tobacco barns and some gravesites, state officials argued that they have not been able to develop the land fully "due to a lack of financial resources," and therefore decided to turn it over to the church.
The site celebrates the life of the famous frontiersman Daniel Boone, who lived in the area for about four years and helped settlers construct cabins.
Preservationists were angered over the move.
"Since the state is willing to give away the home of Daniel Boone, are all Kentucky's historic sites now on the chopping block?" Phil Gray, a former manager of Boone Station, told the Herald-Leader. "The cost to the state for Boone Station is almost nothing. There is a mowing contract and a very small electric bill each month, upkeep on the fence--but that is it. When history loses, we all lose."
Leslie Miller, president of the...