The Friends of Middle Creek and the Friends of the Samuel May House hosted a commemoration ceremony at the Middle Creek National Battlefield on Jan. 6, following by an Old Christmas celebration at the historic May House.
The events mark the anniversary of the Jan. 10, 1862, battle at Middle Creek, which is believed to have launched Col. Garfield’s path to the White House. The Old Christmas celebration marks the generations-old tradition of celebrating Christmas in January—something Appalachian household did after England and Scotland switched from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar in the 1700s.
Prestonsburg Mayor Les Stapleton talked about the importance of the city’s history in addressing people who turned out at the battlefield on Sunday, emphasizing how the city’s history can boost tourism.
During the event, he reported that the city will build a bridge linking the battlefield to the rail-to-trail project that’s under construction between West Prestonsburg and David.