Maysville in Mason County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
was acquired by
James A. Paxton in 1810.
Paxton and subsequent nineteenth century
owners of this building operated it as an Inn.
Lawyers and townspeople gathered here.
In 1918, the Mason County Mutual Telephone
Company purchased the site. For the next 49 years,
various telephone businesses owned this property.
In 1967 ownership of the building passed
to the Limestone Heritage Foundation, Inc.,
agents for the Limestone Chapter, Daughters
of the American Revolution. In 1997 ownership
was transferred to Limestone Chapter, DAR.
Since 1967, the Chapter has used the Inn as
a museum and Chapter house.
Erected 1999 by Limestone Chapter, DAR.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Daughters of the American Revolution marker series.
Location. 38° 36.969′ N, 83° 48.51′ W. Marker is in Maysville, Kentucky, in Mason County. Marker is at the intersection of Paxton Street and Old Main Street (Kentucky Route 2515), on the left when traveling east on Paxton Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2028 Old Main Street, Maysville KY 41056, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. Taylor's Corner (within shouting distance of this marker); Gen. Albert Sidney Johnston (within shouting distance of this marker); "Washington Courthouse Site" (within shouting distance of this marker); Johnston Birthplace (within shouting distance of this marker); Washington Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); Mefford's Fort (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Early Stage-Mail Route (approx. 0.2 miles away); Washington, Kentucky Post Office (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Maysville.
Also see . . . Use of the Paxton Inn on the Underground Railroad. (Submitted on June 5, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
1. Paxton Inn & the Underground Railroad
The Paxton Inn was a station on the Underground Railroad when owned by Mr. James A. Paxton. There is a hidden stairway between the first and second stories of this brick structure. There runaway slaves could be hidden until they could be safely moved across the Ohio River at night under the cover of darkness. The Underground Railroad was a path that led thousands of slaves from the South to the North to freedom. Over 2,000 slaves crossed the Ohio River from Kentucky to the safe haven of Ohio.
— Submitted June 5, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
Categories. • Abolition & Underground RR • Colonial Era • Notable Buildings •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 5, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 337 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 5, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.