Formed in 1974, the Trust is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable membership-based organization, chartered by the state of Kentucky and managed by a volunteer board of directors.
Our founding members were William O. Hubbard, Maj. Gen. Zack C. Saufley, Martha Moore, Rebecca Pruett, and Kenneth Goin.
With more than 45 years of service to Franklin County, the Franklin County Trust for Historic Preservation began it's mission with the preservation of the Glen Willis House on Wilkinson Blvd. in 1975.
Over the years, the Trust has successfully advocated for and preserved historic places like the Glen Willis House (ca. 1815) and The Sullivan Log House (ca. 1810), and contributed to projects including, the War Mothers Memorial Bridge, the Old State Capitol Fountain, and the Green Hill Cemetery: African American Civil War Soldiers Military Monument, and more.
Continuing a tradition of excellence, we host an annual membership meeting, publish newsletters, provide educational programming, award preservation grants, unveil a historic landmark plaque program, promote the best historic properties for saving and revitalization, and advocate for preservation of our county's historic places.
Annual Award Program highlighting exemplary Historic Preservation efforts in Frankfort and Franklin County. Awards recipients are announced each September and showcased at the Paul Sawyier Library and in the Frankfort State Journal newspaper.
For years the Franklin County Trust for Historic Preservation awarded grant funds for projects which preserve our communities cultural and architectural assets. From the restoration of the Old Capital Fountain to independent assessment of the Broadway Bridge, the Franklin County Trust works to ensure the cultural heritage of Frankfort and Franklin County.
Every five years, the Franklin County Historic Trust has announced five locations in the county it considers the best opportunities for preservation.
These places offer the next owner an opportunity to preserve important historic places in Franklin County while preserving the places that help create our community identity.
All of the properties are currently for sale, and some are eligible for tax credits based on their historic status.
President - John Carlton
Vice President - Kevin Breeck
Treasurer - Jen Spangler Williamson
Secretary - Kathryn Dutton-Mitchell
Director-at-Large - Mike Radeke
Director-at Large - Eric Whisman
Director-at Large - Natalie Wilkerson
Emeritus Director-at Large - Martha Moore
Preservation Committee Co-Chairs - Eric Whisman (City) and Natalie Wilkerson (County)
Revitalization Committee Chair - Kevin Breeck
Promotions Committee Chair - John Carlton