Just south of Radcliff, KY and the well-known Fort Knox is the old city of Elizabethtown. A settlement born in a post-Revolutionary America, Elizabethtown was quite the place to be some hundred years ago, and in her slender streets and the intricate facades of her old town square, tokens of a better era remain in the quiet gray remnants of this once booming pioneer town.
It’s just up the road from the courthouse that our adventures take us today–to a location where two houses stand side-by-side, boarded up and gazing forlornly on the bustling Dixie Highway that runs before them. We’ll start at 318 W Dixie.
The street view off Google maps (pictured above) would have you believe this house still inhabited, but the photos garnered on a recent visit (below) contradict the great Google.
With no inhabitants other than a few stray cats roaming the yard, the following photos are a round-the-property survey of this now-empty beauty.
The above photo betrays that the part of the house on the left is an addition based on the foundation.
That concludes the photo portion of this post. Below, stay tuned for a limited history!
Google was not terribly forthcoming about this particular property, though it was nice enough to turn up the link below and give me the following information:
318 W Dixie Avenue
Layout: single-family, 3 beds, 2 baths
Last Sold: October 17, 2014
What’s to become of this home on the busy Dixie Highway in Elizabethtown? Perhaps the new owner is waiting until spring to fix the falling porch roof, tend to the peeling paint, and renovate this turn-of-the-century classic. Or perhaps like so many before it, 318 W Dixie is heading for the dirt, yet another of Elizabethtown’s endangered 31W historic homes sliding toward its eventual demise.
Only time will tell. But in the meantime, she’s ours to explore, ponder, and admire.