The BGT's                  Plaque Program

The BGT Plaque Program could be considered the Trust's most visible program. The plaque serves as a visual symbol of civic pride that is meant to signify respect and appreciation for the historic value of the properties. It calls attention to buildings of architectural or historic significance that are at least fifty years old. Over 800 plaques have been awarded since the program began in the early 1970s. 

Program Requirements

The property must be at least 50 years of age, and property owners must complete an application and submit it to the Blue Grass Trust. Be sure to include information about the building's history, its architecture, its date of construction, photographs of all sides of the building and $150 or $250 (depending on your plaque preference), which covers production and processing fees as well as a one-year membership to the Blue Grass Trust.

Sources for research 

  1. Historic Resources Inventory
    * Available at the State Historic Preservation Office and often in local repositories.
    * To find out if your property has been surveyed, contact the Kentucky Heritage Council or local preservation agency.
  2. Courthouse Records/Deed Research
    * An alternative for documenting the date of construction of your building involves research at your local county courthouse. The deed search system differs by county but is based on the principle of property transactions ending with your name as the last entry. Contact your local County Clerk.
  3. Public Library or Historical Society
    * There are often resources available at local libraries and historical societies in your county. Be sure to check with these agencies as they can provide valuable information.
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the Review process

Following the receipt of a completed application, the plaque review committee reviews the application.
The committee considers the information submitted and votes to approve or disapprove each application. Following positive review, the Blue Grass Trust staff contacts the property owner and makes arrangements for the delivery of the plaque. If the review is negative, the Blue Grass Trust will provide an appropriate explanation to the property owner.
If you have any further questions, please contact The Trust at (859) 253-0362.

Please note: The placement of a BGT Plaque on a property does not require the owner to open the premises to the public, nor does it convey any restriction on making changes to the property.