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C. Waitman Taylor historical Beachaump estate sold to Senator Boswell

Robert Costain Beauchamp built this home in 1842. It is considered the oldest home in Hancock County.

Senator Boswell Purchases C. Waitman Taylor property with Historic Beauchamp House

Kentucky Senator Gary Boswell has recently purchased the entire C. Waitman Taylor property and historic Beauchamp House located at 48 State Route KY-3543, off Hwy. 60 between Hawesville and Lewisport.

“I was very good friends with Waitman Taylor,” Boswell said, “and I’ve known his family and his sons over the years. The farm has just got so much historical value and I was really interested in the whole tract from the very beginning, and I didn’t know what was going to happen for sure. I’m very happy with the property. I think it’s a beautiful tract of ground. I think it has a lot of potential for the future, for some type of commercial development.”

Boswell has represented District 8 since January 1st of this year (Daviess, McLean and Hancock Counties), and is also a farmer and real estate developer. He says he is very passionate about trying to do something with the farm that people in the county can be proud of.

“That’s what I really feel,” said Boswell. “I think it’s going to be a lot of maintenance and upkeep but I’m going to do my best to try to do something with it. I’m going to try to keep it together. Since we lost Century, if I can do something with it that’s going to bring jobs especially – if I can do anything, such as a plant that wanted to come in here and use this land for some kind of commercial business then I’d just have to sell it to them for what I paid for it.

I don’t have anything in mind. I just do know with the barrel tax and since we lost all of the Century jobs, as a state senator I’m working behind the scenes to try and bring some new industry here to help replace some of those jobs. This possibly could be a site. For example, this would be a beautiful place for a winery or a distillery. There are just so many things that could be done.”

He said he will have to make decisions soon about whether or not he will want to try to restore the property. “I had a contractor look at it and it’s not out of the question that I would try to restore some of this property,” he said, “but right now I’ll have to spend a little time studying it and checking over everything.

I have a lot of agriculture ground in Daviess County. I’ve had some farms in Hancock County, but this is the only thing I have in Hancock County now. I represent Hancock County, and so I just want to try to do something to this farm that people can be proud of.”

The Hancock County Urban Planning Commission approved the plan for auction of the property at the monthly meeting in October.

Boswell purchased the entire C. Waitman Taylor farm, which includes all of the tracts, including the 2-story brick house built in 1842 by Robert Costain Beauchamp, which has become a landmark in Hancock County, and is one of very few houses built during that time period in Kentucky that is still standing. (C. Waitman Taylor, Jr.’s mother was Beauchamp’s great-granddaughter.)

By Jennifer Wimmer

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