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Bluegrass Heritage Museum (Winchester, Kentucky)

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Bluegrass Heritage Museum is a local history museum in Winchester, Kentucky. The museum explores many eras, ranging from the Eskippakithiki Indian Village (a branch of the Shawnee), to Daniel Boone and his settlement of Boonesboro, and to the modern day. The exhibits are distributed across the building's three floors, and include the former use of the building as a medical clinic, area agricultural and military history, and collections of quilts and telephones. The museum also holds public programming related to Kentucky's Civil War heritage. The museum also houses the collections of the former Pioneer Telephone Museum.

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The earliest owner of the building was well respected physician, Dr. Ishmael.   In 1927, Dr. Edward Putney Guerrant turned the home into the Guerrant Clinic and Hospital, which operated until the early 1970s.  Dr. Edward Owings Guerrant practiced medicine here until 1985. The building last served as a clinic in 1989.

The museum is housed in the former medical clinic, and has preserved some of the clinic’s medical instruments, as well as the third floor’s operating room.  In 2009, the museum became home to the collection of the Pioneer Telephone Museum, formerly located in Winchester’s Bell South building. This collection includes antique crank phones, early switchboards, and other telephone memorabilia.

source:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bluegrass_Heritage_Museum

photo:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bluegrass_Heritage_Museum

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