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Elizabeth Phelps, Russell Co., KY remembered
A room in the Russell County Library in Jamestown, KY is named for her. She was a great story-teller, a member of one of Russell County's great families. Her niece Nancy Phelps, now lives in the historic Phelps home at Esto. IF YOU GO: Esto is 14.7 miles from Downtown Columbia, KY, closer than many parts of Adair Co., KY. A trip via KY 55 S and KY 92 takes one through historic Zion, beautiful Joppa, and the restored Village of Montpelier. -CM
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by Nancy PhelpsMy aunt Elizabeth Phelps is pictured standing in the doorway in the accompany photo of the bookmobile.
She was well loved by the community and remembered for introducing reading to so many youth.
A room in the library is named for her, where she held "Story Hour."
I now live in the historic Phelps home place in the Esto community of Jamestown, which was her home with her husband, my uncle Carl.
There were many stories told in this kitchen and I will never refinish the pine table which has bare spots worn by her elbows propped in her usual story telling position.
This property was settled next to a natural spring by my Phelps ancestors in 1798. The spring is still bubbling fresh water, feeding into the pond across the street.
John and Shadrach Phelps settled Kentucky with Daniel Boone and as defenders of the fort, lived in one of the corner cabins of Fort Boonesborough, which is now a living history state park in Richmond, KY. After Daniel Boone migrated to Missouri, my family settled here.
A two story log home was first constructed on the property. The current house was built in 1875, where my great grandparents first lived, John Quincy and Nancy Jane Phelps.
Since my name is also Nancy Jane Phelps, I feel destined to call this my home.
Though the farm has been developed, and I have just two of the original 600 acres, it is still a beautiful and homey place, and there are many of my aunt's things sitting in the same places they were when I was a young girl visiting "The Farm" each year. Thanks to Larry Smith and Columbia Magazine for bringing this photo to my attention and sharing with others. - Nancy PhelpsComments re photo 41252 Russell Co Bookmobile ca 1950s
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