The National Register of Historic Places has listed 10 Kentucky sites and historic districts in 2018, according to the National Park Service.
The 2018 additions include:
• The Battery Bates and Battery Coombs Historic District in Covington, named for two Civil War cannon battery defensive fortifications built by the Union Army and located in what is known today as Devou Park. The Battery Bates and Battery Coombs “retain historic integrity and are the most intact of the remaining fortification sites in northern Kentucky,” according to the nomination. The 246-acre site comprises two contiguous sections that were linked by rifle trenches and military roads, once part of a larger Northern Kentucky defensive fortification system that helped prevent a Confederate attack on the region in September 1862.
• The Dr. Francis Joseph Halcomb Jr. House in Scottsville, including a house with an original circa 1900 log structure and six outbuildings painted to simulate log construction. Dr. Halcomb was a native of Simpson County who practiced in Europe during World War II, then operated a medical office in Scottsville for more than 40 years.
• Pope Villa in Lexington, designed by early-American architect Benjamin Henry Latrobe.
• The Bonnie Leslie Historic District in Bellevue, a 20th-century suburban neighborhood of single-family homes developed between 1920-1940.
• The Chalybeate Springs Hotel Springhouse in Edmonson County, a modest building dating between 1875-1899, the last remaining structure on grounds where a rural mineral springs hotel and resort once stood.
• The Louisville Veteran’s Administration Hospital, a complex of 13 contributing buildings dating to 1952, part of the VA’s effort to provide a nationwide program of care for WWII veterans.
• The LeCompte Saloon in Louisville, a two-story brick commercial building dating to the mid-1880s, one of the earliest corner stores remaining in the historic Portland neighborhood.
Mason County has the distinction of being home to three newly named sites:
• May’s Lick Negro School, a consolidated school built in 1920 for African Americans, a portion of which was funded by the Rosenwald Foundation.
• The Richard Durrett House, a brick, Federal-style house dating to about 1801, with an unusual floor plan featuring two front doors.
• The G.A.R. (Grand Army of the Republic) Monument in the Maysville-Mason County Cemetery, a 42-foot monument to Union efforts erected by the Joseph Heiser G.A.R. Post and dedicated in 1887.
The National Register is the nation’s official list of historic and archaeological resources deemed worthy of preservation. Kentucky has the fourth-highest number of listings among states, with more than 3,400. Proposed sites must be significant in architecture, engineering, American history or culture. Listings can be applied to buildings, objects, structures, districts and archaeological sites.