Butchertown to honor Col. Frederick Geiger next Saturday [The Arena]

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The Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) will dedicate a historical marker to honor Col. Frederick Geiger and early Butchertown at noon Saturday, Sept. 17, at “Linden Hill” (Col. Geiger’s former home), 1607 Frankfort Ave. (corner of Frankfort & Story Avenues) in Louisville.

tippecanoe.jpgIn 1796, Revolutionary War veteran Frederick Geiger came to Jefferson County from Maryland. He settled in Butchertown in 1807. He raised a company of Kentucky Mounted Riflemen for Gen. William Henry Harrison’s 1811 Indian Campaign. He was wounded at the Battle of Tippecanoe and was a colonel in the War of 1812. He is buried in Louisville’s Cave Hill Cemetery.

Butchertown was established on land that was part of the 1774 survey claimed by Hancock Taylor. By 1797, Henry Fait had a house and a saw and grist mill on Beargrass Creek. Frederick Geiger bought the mill in 1801 and ran a public ferry to Indiana after 1802. After 1815, the neighborhood was a pork packing site for steamboats engaged in the Ohio River trade.

The Kentucky Historical Marker Program, administered by KHS in cooperation with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, commemorates historical sites, events and personalities throughout the state. Through the program, the wealth of Kentucky history is made accessible to the public on markers along the state’s roadways. The markers are on-the-spot history lessons that add drama and interest to the countryside for Kentuckians as well as tourists.

Schedule of Dedication Ceremonies:

Welcome: Mr. Andy Cornelius, President, Butchertown

Invocation: Mr. Forest Chilton, SAR- Sons of the American Revolution

Presentation of Colors & Pledge of Allegiance: The Honor Guard, “Governor Isaac Shelby” Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution

Introductions of Guests:  Mr. Andy Cornelious

Ms. Ann Franklin, “John Marshall” DAR Chapter,

Ms. Cora Potter, “General Zachary Taylor 1812” Chapter DAR,

Mr. Forrest Chilton, SAR, Sons of the American Revolution

The Honorable Darrel Owens, State Representative Commonwealth of Kentucky

The Honorable Steve Riggs, State Representative Commonwealth of Kentucky

The Honorable Addia Wuchner, State Representative Commonwealth of Kentucky and great-niece of a prior owner of Linden Hill, (spent weekends and summers at Linden Hill with her Great Grandmother and lived at Linden Hill when she was first married)

Ms. Lynn Renau:  “Defending the Revolution” -Neighbors who followed Geiger to Tippecanoe

Ms. Martina Kunnecke:  “Ethnicity of the Frontier”

Special Presentation: The Honorable State Representative, Addia K. Wuchner

Governor's Proclamation & Citation for the Kentucky House of Representatives

“A 200 Year Home Coming” introduction of Col Geiger family decedents and Linden Hill Families

Closing: Fife and Drum, The Battle of Tippecanoe, “Hell on the Wabash,” honoring the brave men who fought at the meeting of the Tippecanoe and Wabash Rivers.

Please join us on the front lawn of Linden Hill and meet “Private William Greathouse, 1794-1876, “Proud Kentucky Militiaman,” Chautauqua historical drama performed by Mr. Harry Smith

List of Co-Sponsors:   butchertown map.gif

  • Butchertown Heritage Fund
  • Donations to Butchertown Historic Markers
  • Mary Virginia Alexander, Louisville, Kentucky
  • Butchertown Neighborhood Association, Inc.
  • John and Julia Crenshaw, Hopkinsville, Kentucky
  • Eye Care Institute, Mark Prussian
  • Pat and Kelly Frost, San Antonio, Texas
  • Thomas Jouett Marshall III, Basye, Virginia
  • Pamela and Elizabeth Steffen, Louisville, Kentucky
  • Tina Ward Pugh, Ninth District Councilwoman, Louisville Metro Council
  • David Tandy, Fourth District Councilman, Louisville Metro Council

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