WKU Public Radio News Staff
Mon October 14, 2013
Danville's Constitution Square Gets Makeover
Eighteen months ago, Kentucky announced that Constitution Square in Danville would no longer be a part of the state parks system. That’s when the Danville-Boyle County Economic Development Partnership took over. Using a half-million dollar grant from the department of Housing and Urban Development, the inside of several historic buildings were renovated.
Jennifer Kirchner with the Danville Convention and Visitor’s Bureau says Constitution Square is an important site to preserve.
“It was really a great coming-together of the community to save something that really matters to who we are,” said Kirchner.
Danville served as Kentucky’s capital until it moved to Frankfort.
“Constitution Square was where the state’s constitution was signed,” said Kirchner. “Grayson’s Tavern was built in 1785 and it’s still the original structure with the floors and it was used as a traveler’s rest and used for a lot of great political debate downstairs.”
The public will get its first look at the renovated buildings on Wednesday. The buildings now house the city’s Chamber of Commerce headquarters, visitors’ center, state-of-the-art conference center and more.