Cynthia Elder will be speaker at JPHS meeting Saturday
How St. Jerome Church became the focal point for the Fancy Farm community in west Kentucky will be the featured program for the Jackson Purchase Historical Society spring meeting at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, April 22 at the Fancy Farm Vineyard and Winery in Fancy Farm.
Cynthia Elder, author of the book "The Catholic Settlement: A History of St. Jerome Catholic Church 1836-2011," will discuss the history of St. Jerome Church and Fancy Farm in Graves County.
Every August, St. Jerome Church organizes the Fancy Farm Picnic, probably the most famous church picnic in the United States because of its tradition in attracting political candidates running for state and national offices.
The Fancy Farm Vineyard and Winery is located at 115 Hayden St., Fancy Farm. The meeting is open to the public and free of charge.
The Jackson Purchase Historical Society was founded in 1958 to promote the interest, study and preservation of the regional history of the territory encompassed in the Chickasaw Purchase of 1818. It publishes the award-winning Jackson Purchase Historical Society Journal annually.
The Society is especially interested in the history of all Kentucky counties west of the Tennessee River as well as Lake, Obion, Weakley and Henry counties in Tennessee. Meetings are held four times per year at locations throughout the region. Membership is open to the public.
Information about the Society, future events and membership is available at the meetings, on Facebook at Jackson Purchase Historical Society, or online at http://jacksonpurchasehistory.org/.
Editor's Note: We toured Fancy Farm in 2010 with Founding Father Mark Wilson - follow link for story.