A New Name for the Constitution Square Conference & Education Center



BOYLE COUNTY – – – Boyle County Fiscal Court unanimously voted to name the Constitution Square Conference and Education Center after a well-known pioneer, Robert Craddock. Since taking over Constitution Square Park, this is the first time Fiscal Court has taken action in naming any of the buildings in the park. Boyle County Judge Executive Howard Hunt explains, “As stewards and owners of this sacred property that was crucial to founding our beloved Commonwealth, we took our time and considered how we would go about naming the buildings and properties in our park. Everyone agreed that the Birthplace of Kentucky Committee (BPOK) was the impetus for this initiative.” Members of the BPOK started with the public meeting facility, known as the “school house.” They studied the naming of the conference center either after something or after someone. Over several months, the committee considered subjects like statehood and constitution along with individuals who influenced the founding of Danville and Kentucky’s statehood. Carolyn Crabtree, committee historian even suggested names of someone who as influential in the Second Street business district that was removed as part of Urban Renewal, and will most likely use these ideas in the future, as buildings are put back to public use.

At the September meeting, the committee voted unanimously to recommend that to the Court that they name the Conference and Education Center after Robert Craddock. Craddock was a Revolutionary War soldier, serving in the Virginia Continental Line during the war rising to the rank of Captain before he was captured prisoner at Charleston. After the war, Craddock and his lifelong friend Peter Tardiveau settled in Kentucky with land warrants given for their service during the war. Craddock amassed property in the Mercer/Boyle county as well as Todd, Ohio, Hardin, Warren and Logan Counties in the western part of the Commonwealth.

He was among the influential men of Danville who organized the “Political Club”, an active forum of lively debates on Kentucky issues from 1786 – 1790. The active “Political Club” is one of the “Firsts” that Danville boasts as the “City of Firsts”. Upon his death, Craddock dedicated his fortune to education, with the interest going toward the education of blacks and underprivileged Kentuckians founding what was probably the first free schools in Kentucky. In those days, all schools were privately owned and the trust paid the tuition for poor and needy children as well as to purchase textbooks.

Boyle County Judge Executive Howard Hunt III announced the recommendation at the October 27th Fiscal Court Meeting which was met with unanimous approval by members of the court.

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For an interview or additional comments, please call:
Boyle County Judge Executive, Howard Hunt III
859-238-1100 (office) or 859-319-9195 (mobile)