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Remembering 911 on Main Street, downtown Princeton

When the terrorists struck the twin towers in New York on Sept. 11, 2001, Nancy Newsom Mahaffey joined with the nation in waiting, in mourning, in pride...Some of her own relatives were in New York City and Washington, D.C. on 911, but all were safe.

Across the street from the historic Newsom's Old Mill Store, which contains two floors of wooden milling equipment, Hungarian roller press style, waiting for development as Princeton's next museum, is the Princeton Tourist Welcome Center. A Kentucky Renaissance project for the city, the first phase of the Tourist Welcome Center renovation was completed this summer and a dedication of the historic church building, which has a high central dome and a refurbished tin ceiling in a side hall, was held on Sept. 11. The building features Princeton's own "twin towers" marking the downtown skyline.

Newsom's has served as an unofficial welcome and information center for tourists and visitors to the area since shortly after Nancy opened the Old Mill Store in 1987, two doors down from the ruins of the family grocery which was destroyed in a late night fire.

A legacy of survival, hope and faith....the USA!