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Near Prospect in Jefferson County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

Merriwether House

 
 
Merriwether House Marker (Side B) image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, November 28, 2020
1. Merriwether House Marker (Side B)
Inscription.  On Jan. 6, 1891, Harry Merriwether purchased 1.5 acres overlooking Harrods Creek from Allison family. Property transferred to his grandson, Harry Hall Merriwether, May 3, 1898, who built the unique house that stands today. The Merriwether family engaged in farming and built and managed docks and cottages for vacationers on Harrods Creek.

Harry and Isaac Merriwether were the first African American landowners in the Harrods Creek area. After Harry Hall Merriwether's death in 1954, his wife, Elenora, maintained the property. Merriwether House is only surviving structure of this early African American community and remains in the Merriwether family.
Presented by African American Heritage Foundation.

 
Erected by Kentucky Historical Society and Kentucky Department of Highways. (Marker Number 2079.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansArchitectureSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Kentucky Historical Society series list.
 
Location.
Merriwether House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, November 28, 2020
2. Merriwether House Marker
38° 19.692′ N, 85° 37.854′ W. Marker is near Prospect, Kentucky, in Jefferson County. Marker is at the intersection of River Road and Hoskins Beach Road, on the right when traveling north on River Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6421 River Road, Prospect KY 40059, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Kentucky Soldiers’ Home (approx. 0.2 miles away); Harrod's Creek (approx. 1.2 miles away); Early Jewish Congregations (approx. 2.6 miles away); Wolf Pen Corridor / Wolf Pen Preservation Association, Inc. (approx. 3.3 miles away); George Rogers Clark At Locust Grove / Lewis and Clark in Kentucky - Locust Grove (approx. 3.4 miles away); Zachary Taylor Home (approx. 3˝ miles away); Col. Richard Taylor (1744-1829)/George Rudy (1744-1806) (approx. 3˝ miles away); a different marker also named Zachary Taylor Home (approx. 3.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Prospect.
 
Also see . . .  Merriwether House (PDF). National Register of Historic Places nomination form. (Submitted on December 6, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 20, 2021. It was originally submitted on December 5, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 29 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on December 5, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.   2. submitted on December 6, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
 
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Mar. 8, 2021