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Daniel Taylor Pens Prize-Wining Essay about the
Historic Treasure in Newsom's Old Mill Store

Historic recognition -- Daniel Taylor was an award winner for the annual state preservation program. With Daniel, from left, are Linda Bruckheimer of Bloomfield and Los Angeles, author and community preservationist; Dana Beth Lyddan, chair, Preservation, Kentucky, Inc.; Gail Melvin, chair, Kentucky Heritage Council/State Historic Preservation Office; and Lindy Casebier, executive director of Arts and Cultural Heritage, Kentucky Commerce Cabinet.

Daniel Taylor pens prize-winning essay

A Princeton elementary school student was among the honorees at the 28th annual Ida Lee Willis Memorial Foundation Preservation Awards held May 25 at the Governor’s Executive Mansion in Frankfort. Daniel H. Taylor placed second in the elementary division of the photo/essay contest — Working Places/Places That Work.

Taylor entered his work while a fourth grader at Caldwell County Elementary School. The topic for his entry was Newsom’s Old Mill Store in downtown Princeton.

Taylor researched his topic, interviewed the building owner and documented the historic Old Mill Store in pictures as well as by essay.

The 2006 essay/photo competition involved students across the state in grades 1-12, competing in three divisions, elementary, middle and high school. Students found examples of historic preservation in their own communities.

The competition was sponsored by Preservation Kentucky and the Kentucky Heritage Council. Students were challenged to use this year’s theme, Working Places/Places That Work, to tell the story of a historic place, why it should be adaptively reused or preserved and how it can continue to be useful. In addition to photographing and writing about a historic property, students were required to submit a copy of their essay to at least one local decision-maker.

The Ida Lee Willis Memorial Foundation recognizes and encourages historic preservation in the Commonwealth.

Taylor received a cash prize and membership in the Kentucky Colonels for his efforts. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Dixon Taylor of Princeton.

Daniel Taylor wrote. . .

Newsom’s Old Mill Store is one of the few country stores still in operation. It has been in business for a long time and has been owned by a member of the Newsom family since 1917. It is now located on 208 East Main St. Newsom’s is in fairly good shape except for a few spots that are bad. When you walk in Newsom’s now, you will probably notice that it smells like plants, seeds, and all sorts of food combined. On the outside it is tan with a red sign with Newsom’s on it. On the 2nd and 3rd floors is old mill equipment that used by all the factory workers to make flour and woolen material.

Newsom’s is a great place because it has been used for many things over the years and is one of the oldest buildings in Princeton. It has been a landmark for a long time.

Newsom’s was built and paid for during the industrial revolution around 1850, by a man with the last name of Myers. This building was built to be a woolen mill. During this time, it had machines in it that could turn wool into material that could be used for making clothing. Some of the clothing may have even been used for soldiers’ uniforms.

After this, it became a flourmill. At this mill, they made 100 barrels of flour a day and worked for 24 hours a day. Today Newsom’s is a country store. They sell everything from grass and garden seeds, vegetables, and even gift baskets from time to time.

Ham is Newsom’s main business. The way Newsom’s cures their ham is becoming a lost art. They smoke it over hickory wood and then hang it to go through an aging process. They get orders from all over the world for their hams.

When I am older, I look forward to going in Newsom’s and going upstairs to the museum that it could become. In this museum people will be able to look at all of the old mill equipment.

When I walk in Newsom’s now, I feel like I’m going back in time. Newsom’s is starting to show its age, as it gets older and older. The floors creak a lot when you walk on them, and the 2nd and 3rd floors don’t even need to be walked on. If it keeps going on like this, there won’t be a Newsom’s on 208 East Main St. anymore, and you won’t get to go inside that future museum and see Newsom’s past.

All we would have to do would be to repair the 2nd and 3rd floors and fix a few other spots but still keep that old, country feeling, so everyone can enjoy Newsom’s for a long time and get a little taste of the past.