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Event explores early furniture of Bluegrass

The Kentucky Bluegrass was the first region settled west of the Appalachian Mountains. Most early Bluegrass cabinetmakers learned their craft east of the Appalachians or in Europe. There were no established stylistic preferences in the Bluegrass so cabinetmakers made furniture as they knew how. High-style furniture was mostly produced in Lexington and Frankfort, and vernacular furniture was produced throughout the Bluegrass. The Jack Jouett House Historic Site will explore this world with a special program "Exploring Early Furniture of the Kentucky Bluegrass Region (1790-1820)" on Saturday, Nov. 12, at 2 p.m. in the visitor center. Admission is free and the public is invited. There will also be light refreshments provided. This lecture explores several furniture groups in each of those areas and includes discussions on the furniture of Porter Clay, William Challen, William Lowry, Campbell and others. It also attempts to provide a cross section of furniture produced in the Bluegrass prior to 1820 by exploring the output of these and other shops. The speaker will be Mack Cox, a collector and independent scholar out of Richmond. Mack and his wife, Sharon, are Kentucky natives and collect early Kentucky arts. Both Mack and Sharon serve on the advisory board of the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (M.E.S.D.A.) in Winston-Salem, N.C. They conduct primary research on early Kentucky material, especially furniture. Mack has lectured on Kentucky furniture at Colonial Williamsburg and M.E.S.D.A., and in Kentucky at the Orlando Brown House, Locust Grove, Bluegrass Trust Antique & Garden Show, Kentucky Historical Society, Madison County Historical Society, and the DAR. In 2014, they organized the Kentucky Treasures exhibit at the Bluegrass Trust Antique & Garden Show and an Early Frankfort (1790-1820) exhibit at the Kentucky governor's mansion. "Exploring Early Furniture of the Kentucky Bluegrass Region (1790-1820)" is sponsored by the Woodford County Fiscal Court and the Woodford County Heritage Committee. The Jack Jouett House Historic Site is located six miles southwest of Versailles at 255 Craig's Creek Road, just off McCowan's Ferry Road. For more information, call the Jack Jouett House at (859) 873-7902, email info@jouetthouse.org, or visit www.jouetthouse.org.

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