Out and About Tours ‘Westport: Where it All Began’

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Presented by the Oldham County History Center, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on June 26

The tiny town of Westport has a huge history that dates far back, long before Oldham County became a county in 1824. Native Americans once inhabited the area before the town began as a land grant bestowed upon Elijah Craig for a Treasury Warrant on May 22, 1780. Some years later, on April 25, 1796, Craig sold the land to Joseph Dupuy and Harman Bowman for 450 pounds. It was a solid investment that would produce a once flourishing river town on the banks of the Ohio River.
“Town lots were laid out and offered for sale, denoting the name of the town originally as Liberty. Its name was changed to Westport and the county seat was even located there for a time. River travel and a constant incoming population of settlers made the small river town swell with commerce until steamboats became a thing of the past.
“Come and learn about the fascinating history of Westport on a walking tour conducted by Oldham County History Center Executive Director Nancy Stearns Theiss on Friday, June 26 from 11:30 to 1:30 p.m. Learn about slaves, churches, early schools, cemeteries, prominent families and life in general along the river’s edge. Lunch at Knock on Wood Restaurant included with tour. Cost is $15 for members of the Oldham County Historical Society and $18 for non-members.