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Hike to Historic Site

In Spotlight on February 22, 2018 by Randolph Hollingsworth Tagged: , ,

PRESS RELEASE from Helen McKinney, Oldham County History Center, La Grange


Westport Row & Kayak Club:
Hike to an Historic Site

Friday, March 9 at 11 a.m.
Oldham County History Center

A new club has been introduced by the Oldham County History Center: The Westport Row & Kayak Club. “The purpose of the club is to invite members to get out and explore the fascinating and beautiful places that make our community special. Often knowing and falling in love with the places where we live requires the experience and feel of where events and history took place,” said Dr. Nancy Stearns Theiss, Executive Director of the Oldham County History Center in La Grange. Theiss leads all activities and members meet at designated locations in Westport unless otherwise noted. The next outing is scheduled for Friday, March 9 at 11 a.m. Members will hike to an historic spot once owned by the Button family in Westport.

“Participants will not only go on some row adventures on the Ohio River but also hike on some unique and historic properties in the county,” she said. The club is geared for adults (21 and older) and open only to History Center members. All members of the club must furnish their own kayak for rowing events. Hikes will be moderate to difficult. There will be extra charges for some activities that include food and drinks. Dates are listed in the History Center Almanac, which can be picked up at the J.C. Barnett Libraries & Archives building/office, located at 106 N. Second Ave. in La Grange. A description of locations to meet and any other necessary information will be given when participants register for an outing.

The Westport Row and Kayak Club is a sponsor of SPLASH DAY which will be held on June 14 from 5 to 8 p.m. This event “celebrates water safety, history and conservation of the Ohio River,” said Theiss. The event, which is open to the public, is also sponsored by Oldham County Parks Dept., Knock on Wood and the Westport Fire Department. It will take place at the Westport ramp and boat dock. Activities include water safety demonstrations, hands-on activities, kayaking, food, etc.

Please call the Oldham County History Center for more information or to register for any Westport Row & Kayak Club events at (502) 222-0826.

Westport Row & Kayak Club 2018 Events

  • Friday, April 27 – Hike in La Grange includes cemetery walk, conservation park and visit to the Rob Morris house. 11 a.m. Bring brown bag lunch.
  • Thursday, June 14 – SPLASH DAY. 5-8 p.m.
  • Wednesday, July 11 – Evening on the Ohio River Paddle. Launch at the Westport Boat Ramp. Cost will include dinner. 5-8 p.m.
  • Thursday, August 16 – Hike and swim to a spring fed pond and late 18th century springhouse. Cost will include dinner.
  • Sunday, September 9 – Morning paddle on the Ohio River. 10 a.m.

Oldham County Historical Society
106 N. Second Ave.
La Grange, KY  40031
502.222.0826
www.oldhamcountyhistoricalsociety.org
info@oldhamcountyhistoricalsociety.org
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