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News Outlook Your Hometown Newspaper 4 Looking west from Old State Road in Blevins Valley, fiat ground is still visible that mark an old stage coach line that ran from Lexington to the Olympian Springs Resort. I Ilamambar when?? Olympian Spring Resort once central tO county history Photo by Cecil Lawson This short stretch of Stulltown Road is one of the remaining parts of the old stagecoach line that remains in use. This stretch of road connected with Peeled Oak Road across what is now a parcel of private land. By Cecil Lawson KyNewsGroup cecil@kynewsgroup.com Bath County was at one Photo by Cecil Lawson time in Kentucky history a prominent destination for visitors and resort go- ers seeking relief from the hustle and bustle of the city streets and from the summer heat. The Olympian Springs Resort served as a center for entertainment and up- per crust social life for ma- ny decades throughout the 19th and early 20th centu- ries. Early settlers in the Mud Lick area of Bath County became aware of miner- al springs along Mud Lick Creek. The mineral spring types included epsom salt, tea, chalybeate, black sul- phur, alum; white sulphur, and soda water. The first buildings were constructed by William Ramsey around the year 1796, fifteen years before the founding of Bath Coun- ty. At the time, the area was known as Mud Lick Springs. Around 1800, Col. Thomas Hart, a well-to- do hemp manufacturer in Lexington, and father-in- law of Henry Clay, attract- ed visitors to the springs by building a hotel and boarding house. He changed the name to Olympian Springs, proba- bly after Mt. .olympus, lo- cated a few miles to the SOUth. The resort provided its customers with the oppor- tunity to "take to the wv ters," to get a chance to soak in the heated mineral springs or to drink the bot- tled mineral waters, which were thought at the time to have health benefits. The resort also provid- ed meals and had amuse- ments such as dances, horse races, and gambling. The first" stage coach line in Kentucky ran from Lexington to the Olympian Springs, passing through Winchester, Mt. Sterling, Howard's Mill, and Peeled Oak, a total of about 47 miles. The line was established in 1803 by John Kennedy, a Lexington resident. Traces of the old stage- coach road remain visible today, in the form of How- ard's Mill/Peeled Oak Road, a short section of Stulltown Road, and Old State Road. The missing stretch- es now run over private land from Peeled Oak to Stulltown Road, and from Stulltown, across an area of hilly land to Old Stand Road. The stage line was im- portant in opening up trav- el and economic growth across central Kentucky, probably next in impor- tance to the Iron Works Road, which ran from the Slate Furnace, just south Of Owingsville, to Frank- fort. February 2 r 2012 - I r Photo by Cecil Lawson The Olympian Springs Resort was the end destination of the Kentucky's first stage coach route, established in 1803 and running from Lexington through Winchester, Mr. Sterling, and Howard's "Mill. The route continued along present day Peeled Oak Road and Old State Road, which ends just to the right of the above photo, which is the location of the Olympian Spring Resort. The last of the buildings was torn down in 1946, and all that remains is the private residence. R eflection s hotography 00Jl00pher Wedding Seniors Groups Individuals Pat Cohorn 859-749-0970 Tammy McConnell 859,749-6281 Stop iit and check out our great selction of cars, trucks, vails and SUVs today! .ow" 11 2005 FORD FREESTYLE 4x4, Alaa Sysae CD, Heard Leae Seats. PL, PM, Alloy Wbls, A/C, Tilt, 3rd Row Scat, lylcss, PW, MP3 Player .ow 595 2010 NISSAN ALTIMA Clt. Till PM. PL. PW. Atlti-Lck Bmls. A/C, power Steezing Price 20t0 HYUNDAI ELANTRA Alarm, Power Suoof, Tilt. 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