Barren County Home Up for Inclusion on National Registry

May 25, 2012

A pre-civil war house in Barren County is being recommended for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places. The 1855 property has been known as the Bybee House for its builder, Barren County native William Bybee. He was a farmer, livestock trader, and land speculator.

The Kentucky Historic Preservation Board is pushing for the home's inclusion on the register.

Consultant Joanne Weeter told the Bowling Green Daily News she's working with the property owner, Cumberland River Corp. of Warren County, to get tax credits for a renovation.

A 20% federal tax credit may be obtained for any renovation of a property listed on the National Register, provided that renovation at least equals the property's current value.

The Bybee House once occupied several hundred acres. It now sits on about 4.3 acres.