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Three headstones suggest bigger story

2013-02-10 - 315 Campbellsville Street, Columbia, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener.
The three side by side by side headstones - actually a single stone carved to give the appearance of three - with identical dates of death suggest a tragedy. The stones mark the final resting place of Fannie E Winfrey, I.C. Winfrey, and Sammie Winfrey. They were the victims of a tragic epidemic which struck the village of Columbia in 1873, when an employee of the Winfrey Hotel contracted cholera while visiting the Marion County Fair in Lebanon, KY, and unwittingly spread the disease on his return to Columbia.

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