Our Springfield Postmaster Satchel is named for Springfield, Kentucky where Charles Anderson Wickliffe was born on June 8, 1788. In 1823, Wickliffe was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives and served five consecutive terms. Wickliffe later became Speaker of the House and lieutenant governor and Governor of Kentucky, upon the death of then Governor James Clark on October 5, 1839. He was appointed by President John Tyler as the 11th United States Postmaster General, from September 13, 1841 – March 4, 1845.
Other notable folks from Springfield:
- Thomas Lincoln, father of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln
- Georgia Davis Powers, Kentucky state legislator and civil rights activist
- Phil Simms, NFL quarterback, MVP of Super Bowl XXI, television commentator
2019 Sorghum Festival
Held Saturday, October 5, 2019 and Sunday, October 6, 2019. Many events are planned including the 5K Sorghum Shuffle, Baby Contest, Corn Hole Corner, Parade, Frog Jumping Contest, Car, Tractor, and Motorcycle Cruise In, Washington County Fair Exhibits, Food and Craft Vendors, Small Town Big, Big Heart Idol, and Free Concert.
Kentucky’s Holy Land Tours
A frontier sees the light Catholics began coming into Kentucky in 1775, settling primarily on the farmland frontier in the heart of the Bluegrass, in the counties of Nelson, Marion and Washington – what would become known as “The Kentucky Holy Land.” It is where the first priest to have been ordained in America, Stephen Badin, came in 1795 and set up residence at what is today the Sisters of Loretto, followed by Charles Nerinckx and the Dominican friars in 1805, and Benedict Joseph Flaget in 1811.