Oldham County was home to Mauvilla, the Kentucky home of Dr. Jonathan Martin and Mary Robertson Taylor owners of Hollywood. Its county museum director, Dr. Nancy Theiss, has begun research on the Taylor Family who lived between their Bayou Bartholomew and Kentucky homes from the 1840s to the 1940s.
The visit included Taylor family decedents Robin and Larry Loucks of Little Rock. During the day, local historical society members were joined by local History professor Dr. Kyle Day, project Manager Ann Gould, local archeologist Dr. Jodi Barnes, and Mayor Zack Tucker.
The group shared plans for the preservation and development of the Hollywood Plantation Historic Site, Taylor family artifacts housed at the Drew County Historical Museum, personal stories of the Taylor family passed down through their decedents, and a visit to the Bayou Bartholomew site.
The Hollywood Plantation Historic Site is home to the Taylor House, a 1840s two-story dogtrot style cypress-log house, currently being restored by the University of Arkansas at Monticello. The Hollywood Plantation, at its height, included 10,000 acres along Bayou Bartholomew with 83 enslaved laborers prior to the Civil War and was occupied by the family until the 1940s.
For more information about the Taylor House restoration, contact Dr. Kyle Day, 870-460-1887 or email@example.com.