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Norma Jean Parnell's wonderful Adair County Quilt



2009-08-11 - Columbia, KY - Photo by Shamarie Claiborne.
Norma Jean Parnell, left, created this beautiful Adair County Quilt over a period of three months. It was finished in time to show at the July 2009 Hamlett reunion in Columbia, KY. Holding the quilt are Larry Hamlett, left, and Jimmy Harper. Norma Jean Parnell's Adair County Quilt includes these panels:First Row, from left J.B. "Buck" Barbee and the first stagecoach from Campbellsville to Columbia, Trabue Russell House built in 1821 by Daniel Trabue. Welcome to Columbia sign, Columbia Baptist Church, Lindsey Wilson College - L.R. McDonald Administration Building & Chapel. Second Row: Columbia Square - 1950's Russell & Co. and Rialto Theater, Present Day Bank of Columbia Section, Jesse James - Robbery of Bank of Columbia, Adair County Courthouse, 1910, Old Columbia High School and Grade School - Early 1930's and 1940's New Adair County High School (with sports collage). Third Row: Old Conover Hotel built in 1898 - burned in 1977 (Five fire victims' names included on this block),Old Jeffries, First National Bank, and Nell's Variety Stores 1940's- 1970's. Fourth Row: Collins Corner Drug Store, Marshall's Variety, and Kroger store, Inside of First National Bank in early 1960's. Centered in the third and fourth rows: An outline of the state of Kentucky with the courthouse positioned on Adair County. Also contains the Kentucky State Flag. Fifth Row: Hob Walker's General Store in Gradyville Early 1900's (This building survived the Gradyville Flood), Old Gradyville Bank with copy of a check from 1930'sJones Chapel United Methodist Church. Old Ed Diddle Home, Staples Grocery located at Bliss 1930's through 1950's (This is the store we used to visit by traveling down the creek). Sixth Row: Outline of Adair County with communities included and surrounding counties, Downtown Knifley in early 1950's, Presley Chelf Home in Knifley, Janice Holt Giles Cabin in Knifley, Chamber of Commerce insignia - "A Great Place to Call Home."

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