Attendance picks up at Jefferson Davis monument in Fairview

08/05/2015 10:13 AM

FAIRVIEW — Attendance at the Jefferson Davis Historic Site in Fairview, Kentucky has spiked as state politicians have discussed relocating a 15-foot marble statue of the President of the Confederacy from the state Capitol Rotunda in Frankfort.

The site in Fairview features a 351 obelisk dedicated to Davis. Visitors can take an elevator ride up to an observation room inside the monument that overlooks the state park.

Some visitors to the monument like Dennis Lee of Kuttawa, is fearful that there might be pressure to close the park sometime in the future.

“That’s why I brought my grandkids here,” Lee said. “With all of the controversy, I was just afraid at some point that might happen here. I wanted to come here and teach them a little bit about the history.”

Ron Sydnor, has served as park chief since 2010, tells visitors there are no plans to close the monument, but is happy about the spike in attendance.

“I tell them it’s a rumor and that it’s not happening,” Sydnor said. “But our visitation has picked up, which, you know, is a good thing for us.

The gift shop continues to sell Civil War souvenirs and books. One item that they no longer sell is Confederate flags.


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