Constitution Square Historic Site, Danville

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Constitution Square Historic Site is a 3-acre (0.012 km2) park and open-air museum in Danville, Kentucky. From 1937 to 2012, it was a part of the Kentucky state park system and operated by the Kentucky Department of Parks. When dedicated in 1942, it was known as John G. Weisiger Memorial State Park, honoring the brother of Emma Weisiger, who donated the land for the park. Later, it was known as Constitution Square State Shrine and then Constitution Square State Historic Site. On March 6, 2012, the Department of Parks ceded control of the site to the county government of Boyle County, Kentucky, and its name was then changed to Constitution Square Historic Site.

The park celebrates the early political history of the U.S. state of Kentucky. It features replicas of three buildings that stood on the original city square, including the courthouse that housed ten constitutional conventions between 1785 and 1792; these conventions ultimately led to Kentucky's separation from Virginia. It also includes the original building that housed the first U.S. post office west of the Allegheny Mountains and several other early 19th century buildings of historical import. The site comprises the majority of the Constitution Square Historic District which was added to the National Register of Historic Places on April 2, 1976. Among the annual events held at the site are the Great American Brass Band Festival and the Kentucky State Barbecue Festival.

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  • This was a nice interesting little park that we walked around for about 15-20 min. When we were there, the bathrooms were locked which was partly why we stopped but was still an interesting place...  more »
  • Here you can absorb the formation of KY and the progression of government through the bronze tablets naming the governors. The reconstructed buildings from the time of the constitution of KY offer a.....  more »
  • I love going here. A lot of times I'll take lunch and eat on the picnic tables. I also like going to events there. Saw a fashion show recently and the bands are usually pretty good.
  • We looked at the herb garden. Also we found $10.07, a whole loaf of bread and a half pound of bologna. Those same results can't be expected everytime you visit but...
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