Cardome Center - Georgetown, KY
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member BluegrassCache
N 38° 13.336 W 084° 34.027
16S E 712969 N 4233274
Cardome Center, a former Monastery & Convent as well as private residence of one of Kentucky's former Governors, hosts the annual Morgan's Raid Civil War Reenactment on Father's Day Weekend. It is located on Cincinnati Pike (also known as US25).
Waymark Code: WM2R7W
Location: Kentucky, United States
Date Posted: 12/12/2007
Published By:Groundspeak Regular Member Team Farkle 7
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Cardome is located on Cincinnati Pike in Georgetown. This is the local name for US25, which is the Cincinnati to Lexington portion of the former Dixie Highway. Cardome Center was also a Catholic Girls School during Dixie's heyday. Cardome is currently owned by the City of Georgetown and serves as a mini-museum for the history of the Center and the area.

The following information comes from:

The word “Cardome” comes from the Latin “Cara Domas” meaning dear home.

The first man to set foot on this property was Colonel John Floyd in June of 1774. For his military service he was granted by the State of Virginia a total of 1000 acres, which included the Cardome property.

By the early 1800’s the property had come into the possession of one of Kentucky’s most prominent families, the Bradfords, who built the first structure on the property in 1821. The property then came into possession of James F. Robinson, who was the Kentucky Federal Governor during the American Civil War. He built an elegant mansion which was located in the center of the current buildings. An interesting historical note is that the first Confederate Governor of Kentucky lived only a few miles from here, also in Georgetown. He was killed in battle at the beginning of the war. Unfortunately the mansion building burned and was torn down in 1986.

The Robinson heirs sold the property to the Sisters of Visitation, a “cloistered” order of nuns, in 1896. Here they founded a girl’s academy that became one of the most prestigious schools of its type in Kentucky. Due to a variety of circumstances that led to declining enrollment, the academy closed in 1969. When the visitation community disbanded in 1987 the property was sold to Community Building Inc., a non-profit organization formed to administer a million dollar gift from Toyota for the purpose of establishing a community center for the people of Georgetown. The site is now owned by the City and serves as a place for many activities including weddings, company picnics and community meetings.

A very aggressive plan is now underway to upgrade the facility, which will include a full service kitchen, bed and breakfast, and a state of the art outdoor amphitheatre.

The Center is open during regular work hours five days a week and can be visited. There are pictures and documents hanging that tell about the history of the Center. The graves of the nuns previously buried here were moved to the St. Frances de Sales Cemetery in Scott County when the Center was sold by the Sisters of Visitation in 1987.

Americana: Other

Significant Interest: Museum

Milestone or Marker: Progress Marker

Web Site Address: [Web Link]

Physical Address:
800 Cincinnati Pike
Georgetown, KY United States

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