The childhood dream of owning a historical home has come true for one Glasgow resident.

Glenview Health Care director Kay Bush acquired the deed to the Spotswood House on North Race Street at a June 10 public auction. Her parents and another partner, Yvonne Cook, jointly paid for the property.

“I’m very excited,” she said about the purchase. “I’ve wanted that house ever since I was 15.”

The home is said to be the oldest in Barren County, dating back to the late 1700s.

“Ever since Kay was a little girl, I’ve told her stories about this house,” Bush’s mother, Nancy, said.

Regarding her plans, Bush said she is right now going through a variety of ideas, including possibly using the house as a bed and breakfast, a place to host social events or a historical landmark that students can visit on field trips.

“I just love renovating older houses,” she said. “I’m just thrilled, excited and can’t wait to get started.”

With her mother’s assistance, Bush is researching the home’s history in an effort to make it historically accurate. She is searching for photos of the house in its original incarnation, as well as photos taken when sections were added to the structure.

“I’d like to see it put back, but I don’t want to make any major corrections,” Barren County Cultural Center volunteer Nancy Bush said. “When it’s fixed up, it’s going to be something.”

Like any long-standing home, the Spotswood House is filled with history beyond the authentic wooden craftsmanship and original flooring.

According to Cecil E. Goode and Woodford L. Gardner Jr.’s book, “Barren County Heritage,” original owners Alexander Spotswood and his wife, Elizabeth Washington Lewis, were the great-nephew and great-niece of George Washington.

The book talks of a legend that Washington gave the house and land to the Spotswoods and that the original deed of conveyance has never been discovered.

Then there is the family connection Bush shares with some previous owners.

Bush said her mother’s family are direct descendants of Spotswood. As for her father, Dennis Reed Bush, his family tree is linked to the house’s second owner, William T. Bush.

An avid history buff, Bush’s curiosity was especially piqued when she learned the house sits atop a cave system. It was this very cave that served as part of the underground railroad system during the Civil War.

“I have been fascinated with the fact that there’s an entrance to a cave in my house,” she said, adding that there are no plans at this time to reopen that cave.

Out in the vast front yard, a visitor will come across large stones. Nancy Bush said those stones assisted ladies as they stepped out of a carriage. The carriage would simply pull up to one, and the ladies would step down onto the stone.

“The historical importance of the house has to be preserved,” Cook said.

Then there are the ghosts. Bush talked of rumors that the sound of a crying infant could be heard within the house and that the spirit of a Confederate soldier roamed the halls.

Whether there is truth to the existence of these poltergeists, Bush said the very idea helped to give her father a startle.

Showing the house to friends was Dennis Reed Bush. Taking them into one darkened area, Bush did not notice the long pull-string light switch beside him. It brushed up against him a few times, leading him to think it may be someone, or something, else.

“I thought it [was] one of them darn ghosts,” he said.

Real or not, Bush expressed an interest in having a proper introduction to the spirits.

“I may have to stay here a couple nights to meet the ghosts,” she joked.

Whether her hunt for paranormal activity proves successful, Bush is anxiously awaiting the start of the renovation. She hoped to possibly find a grant to help with the work and a person who is interested in the construction of and renovation of old houses.

No matter what the home’s future may be, Bush said she will not be taking up residence there, citing the love she has for her farm.

Still, she was impressed with the amount of time she does plan to spend off her property during the home’s rebuilding.

“To have the Spotswood home will get me into town for a while,” she said.


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