Neighboring landmark destroyed by fire

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By Tom Watson

   One of Nelson County's most historic homes was destroyed by fire early

Sunday. The Northeast Nelson Fire Department was called before 5 a.m.

as flames were seen coming from Duncan Manor, a two-story pre-Civil War

house on KY 55 just north of the Martha Layne Collins Bluegrass Parkway.

The house, owned by Lily Whittington of Cox's Creek, was gutted by the

fire, leaving only the brick walls. The fire is being investigated by

the state fire marshal's office.

   Assistant Northeast Nelson Fire Chief Todd Baker says the cause of the

fire was not determined. Whittington says the house had been burglarized

several times over the years and there was nothing of value left inside. She

said the house was unoccupied and the electrical service had been disconnected.

A damage estimate was not available. The owner said it was not insured.


   During the Civil War, Confederate troops were sent to the Duncan farm to

get horses from the southern sympathizing family, but went to the nearby

Jones farm by mistake. Jones was a Union supporter and fatally wounded

one of the rebel soldiers. A squad of Rebels then killed Jones and set his

house ablaze. The fire was extinguished by neighbors. The Jones house

is the brick on the south side of the present-day Martha Layne Collins

Bluegrass Parkway where the owner operates a winery.