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Monday, September 25, 2006

Exploring the Maysville Academy Site

This is the site of the former Maysville Academy. It's located on the hill in downtown Maysville Kentucky just off Fourth Street. President Grant went to this academy in the fall of 1836, at the age of 14. The building itself was erected in 1829 by contractor Thomas G. Richardson. In its day, it was one of the most famous institutions in the Ohio Valley. In recent years it was torn down to make way for condos that never actually got built.

The remaining structure has these little narrow windows built into the rock wall facing the river. Presumably these "rifle slits" were installed because the builders feared an attack by river. That's my dog there getting ready to pounce on me.

The stone steps approaching the site from Third Street contain this marker that reads: "High School 1879". Now, I've always heard of the place being referred to as the Maysville Academy. Perhaps it changed hands and became a high school later. 1879 would be 50 years after it was first constructed.

This mysterious plaque is embedded in one of the walls. I have no idea what it means or what language it is. I tried a few translators to no avail. Looks like a grave marker though. Have we found the final resting place of Jimmy Hoffa?

Update: On of our readers, Ken, let us know that the "Hafan" part means "Haven" in Welsh.


Jeremy said...

You can't see it very well in the photograph, but the "Ston" part has an accent over the "o". So it's really "Stôn". The haven part sounds on cue. Maybe the Stôn Hafan just means "Stone Haven"?

2:32 PM
Ken said...

Do you suppose the wall has something to do with this ?

Ston is a small town in the Dubrovnik-Neretva county of Croatia, located at the south of isthmus of the Pelješac (Sabioncello) peninsula. It is the center of the Ston municipality that has 2,605 inhabitants.

Ston was a military fort of the Ragusan Republic whose defensive walls are a notable feat of medieval architecture: there is an 890 meters long town wall and 5 km Great Wall outside the town, which is second in length on the planet (first is the great wall of China). People that lived here during the war include Davor Herceg, Iva Herceg,Hrvoje Herceg, Branimir Herceg, and Vladimir Herceg.

10:13 AM
Ken said...

There is a Welsh word HAFAN which translates into HAVEN
No luck with STON

9:05 AM

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