In 1853, emancipationist Cassius M. Clay gave a portion of his land holdings in central Kentucky to Rev. John G. Fee. Together they had a vision of building a community for all people of the earth, regardless of race, color, creed, gender, or class. Berea College was founded in 1855 with the same principles in mind, becoming the first interracial and coeducational college in the South. By the 1920s, Berea was a popular stopping point for travelers driving the Dixie Highway, highlighted by the Boone Tavern, which opened in 1909. Images of America: Berea takes readers on a pictorial journey of Berea’s history, the growth of the college, and the flourishing artisan community with more than 200 images selected from the extensive Berea College Archives, private collections, and other sources.
About the Author
The gathering of images and historical research was a collaborative effort by three diverse talents. Patricia L. Stephens is a Berea College student and journalist who discovered many of these rarely seen images while doing research work at the Berea College Archives. Howard Carlberg is a photographer and prominent Berea resident who has coordinated many festivals, public dances, and craft workshops in Berea. Marvin Carlberg is a historian and collector of postcards, photographs, and other vintage memorabilia. This is his second book with Arcadia Publishing.
Table of Contents
1 Berea Beginnings: Early History of the Town's Formation 9
2 College Campus: Berea College, Cornerstone of the Town 27
3 Dormitories and Domiciles: Student Life and Activities around Berea College 41
4 Exciting Excursions and Energetic Enterprises: Nearby Points of Interest and Local Industry 53
5 Festivals, Fairs, and Fun: Berea Welcomes Visitors of All Ages 79
6 God's Good Graces: Berea's Churches and Chapels 95
7 Historic Hotels and Hot Hangouts: Where to Go to See and Be Seen 105
8 Ingenious Imagery: Aerials, Panoramas, and Miscellanea 113