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Preserve America is a national initiative in cooperation with the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation; the U.S. Departments of Defense, Interior, Agriculture, Commerce, Housing and Urban Development, Transportation, and Education; the National Endowment for the Humanities; the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities; and the President's Council on Environmental Quality.

Preserve America Community:
Winchester, Kentucky

Winchester (population 16,724) was founded in 1793. Recently the town saved and restored the abandoned and crumbling 1889 S.P. Kerr Building, which had been built squarely atop Town Branch, the source of water for original settlers and a major contributing factor to the deterioration of the Kerr Building.

The building is now being reborn as a commercial enterprise with a façade easement that protects its historic appearance in perpetuity. Another 19th-century building has been donated to house a regional history museum.

For more information

City of Winchester: www.winchesterky.com

Winchester Tourism Commission: www.tourwinchester.com

Winchester First!: www.winchesterfirst.com

Updated April 22, 2009

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