This Day in History – March 17

On March 17th, 1884, Benjamin Gratz, a famous Lexington businessman, passed away. Gratz was a trustee of Transylvania University and the first president of the Lexington & Ohio Railroad, and lived at the corner of Mill and New Streets, in what is now known as the Gratz Park Historic District. Today, the historic district consists of 16 buildings including the Hunt-Morgan House, the Bodley-Bullock House, the Carnegie Library, and several other private residences. It was also the original location of Transylvania College until a fire destroyed the building in 1829; the campus was then moved across Third Street to its present location.

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