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Items from area attics appraised at Butler event

By Phyllis McLaughlin

Many area residents took advantage of a chance Saturday to have experts appraise their treasures during Personal Treasures Day at Butler-Turpin State Historic House.


Similar to the PBS show, “Antiques Roadshow,” Historic House site manager Evelyn Welch invited Ron Langdon and Jack Bailey, also historic site managers with Kentucky Department of Parks, and Brad Miller of Cornerstone Society of Madison, Ind., a preservation to be appraisers.

Welch said she was delighted by the turnout. Items included paintings valued at $1,000 each, a Civil War-era drum valued at several hundred dollars and letters written by a Union soldier during the Civil War valued at $50-$300 apiece.

Welch said she wants to offer the event again, and is considering moving it to the park’s Conference Center so that more people can attend and see the items brought in.

“I’d like to make it more of a spectator sport,” she said.