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During their October meeting, the McCreary County Heritage Foundation (MCHF) announced they will receive a $1.6 million Abandoned Mine Land (AML) grant to be used for the development of a 36 space RV park on 7.3 acres in Stearns, KY. The RV park will be located in the former lumberyard area across from the Stearns Cemetery. In addition to RV sites, the park will also offer tent campsites, restroom and shower facilities, a country store offering food, toiletries and other necessities, and a playground/sports court area.
In other business, the Foundation elected Alex Egnew as a Foundation Board Member. Egnew fills the vacancy created by the resignation of Gordon Kidd. Kidd, who served on the Foundation Board for 35 years, resigned due to other obligations and responsibilities.
In additional business, the MCHF board members voted to auction off the Bobby Duncan General store property in Strunk, KY. The property was bequeathed to MCHF by Dr. Anna Mary Creekmore at her passing. Creekmore was a local historian who was instrumental in establishing the McCreary County Museum and cherished the history of McCreary County.
Members of the McCreary County Heritage Foundation also discussed a request asking them to assume care of the Stearns Cemetery. After a brief discussion, the Board decided to further study the matter. Work on the Nancy Chandler lot continues. The lot is being converted to a parking area for the Stearns Golf Course.
The McCreary County Heritage Foundation meets in regular session on the second Monday of each month at 5:30 p.m. in the Outdoor Venture Conference Room.