Russell County Landmark Could Soon Be on National Register of Historic Places

A Russell County landmark is one of 12 Kentucky sites being considered for listing in the National Register of Historic Places.

The Russell County property is known to locals and historians as the H.M. Smith General Merchandise and Fonthill Post Office.    The H.M. Smith General Merchandise store and Fonthill Post Office has been nominated for the prestigious recognition which illustrates of a rural country store with an attached post office dating back to the early 20th century.   The H. M. Smith General Store had a tremendous  influence on both the commercial and social aspects of rural agricultural communities in Russell County from 1914 to 1973.   This site was recognized as a Kentucky Landmark in 2003.

The Kentucky Historic Preservation Review Board will hear presentations on these nominations at 10:30amET on October 30 20232, at the Paul Sawyer Public Library located at 319 Wapping St., Frankfort, KY.

The review board is charged with evaluating and recommending National Register submissions from Kentucky. The program is administered by the Kentucky Heritage Council/State Historic Preservation Office in partnership with the National Park Service (NPS). Following review board deliberation, NPS will have 45 days from receipt to issue a final determination of National Register listing.