Day: September 8, 2011

A Road Trip Through Cheapside Park and Some Lexington, Kentucky History

In Lexington’s Cheapside Park, it isn’t uncommon to see people enjoying lunch at one of the cafes or restaurants that line the street, or lounging around on outdoor patios. In the evenings locals walk their dogs on the lawn of the old courthouse, and on summer nights, bands play on the Pavilion stage; on Saturdays, the street is alive with the local farmers market. It is a more modern version of the marketplace in this same place in the 1800s and early 1900s.    The courthouse that stands next to Cheapside Park — that is no longer a working courthouse, but now a museum and office space —is the fourth on that site. The first was built in 1788; Lexington had one courthouse before the construction of the first on this block. The current Lexington Circuit and District courts are located a few blocks to the east of this site. A block to the west  on the southwest corner of South Mill and West Main streets is where the settling of Lexington began. A blockhouse was built …