Have a Story or Memory You’d Like to Share?

We are currently seeking former employees (or patients) who are willing to assist us by sharing stories, photos and memories of Kentucky’s state hospitals and institutions. If you, or someone you know, is interested then please consider contacting us! Our goal is to develop comprehensive histories of these hospitals and institutions in order to preserve for future generations. Remember that…

The Mysterious Case of Captain Mantell

Do you believe in UFOs? Last Words 2:45 PM: Captain Mantell reported an object, “directly ahead and above and move about half my speed. It appears metallic, of tremendous size. It appears like the reflection of sunlight on an airplane canopy.” Moments later, he reported, “the object is going around 360 miles an hour and…

Fifty Shades of Murder: Death at the Vance Farm

    Night, Thursday, August 18, 1921, Vance Farm, Nelson County, Kentucky. Mr. Charles and Beulah Vance were sound asleep in bed when the blast from a shotgun pierced the silence. Beulah Vance startled awake to see her husband, Charles Vance, sit up, clutch his chest, and fall over the edge of the bed near…

Julius Marks Sanitarium

Opened in 1917 as the Blue Grass Sanatorium. Owned and funded by Fayette County to help combat the tuberculosis issue. Leo Marks donated to upgrade buildings and equipment in the name of his father in 1924. By the early 1950s patient population as greatly decreased due to better treatment and the facility was converted into…