Elk Creek in Spencer County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
James Morrison Heady
The Blind Bard of Kentucky was blind by fifteen and deaf before forty. Neither condition limited his contributions. As friends read aloud, he embossed notes on the Diplograph machine he invented and built. He invented the Talking Glove with the alphabet printed on it so others could communicate by touching the letters.
Heady’s other inventions included the pull-chain home farm gate, furniture, utensils, and games. Built a steam-powered embossing press for American Printing House for the Blind, and wrote and published prose, poetry, and songs. Entombed with his parents in the Elk Creek Cemetery.
Erected 2004 by Kentucky Historical Society, Kentucky Department of Highways. (Marker Number 2148.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, Music • Communications • Education • Industry & Commerce • Science & Medicine. In addition, it is included in the Kentucky Historical Society series list.
Location. 38° 5.759′ N, 85° Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5734 Elk Creek Road, Taylorsville KY 40071, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. "Vaucluse" (approx. 2.9 miles away); Taylorsville (approx. 4.3 miles away); Spencer House (approx. 4.7 miles away); Courthouse Burned (approx. 4.7 miles away); County Named, 1824 (approx. 4.7 miles away); The Spy Who Saved the Union (approx. 4.7 miles away); Thelma L. Stovall (approx. 7.8 miles away); Benj. Logan-Pioneer / James Knox-Pioneer (approx. 8.1 miles away).
Additional keywords. persons who are blind, blindness
Credits. This page was last revised on October 6, 2021. It was originally submitted on July 17, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 194 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 17, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.