Jefferson Street - Western Suburb Historic District

601 W Short Street, Lexington, KY 40508

This area was platted in 1815 and reportedly is one of Lexington's oldest, if not oldest, suburbs. Streets and alleys defined vehicle and walking pathways. The alleys, behind homes and businesses, were used for delivery of coal and wood, produce and meat, household goods, and debris removal. They also served as byways for enslaved and later African American domestic servants to enter and exit. On some of these narrow paths, homes of African Americans and outbuildings still stand. There are three alleys along the African American Heritage Trail - you will cross Klair Alley between Main and Short Streets behind the corner building of Jefferson. The next is beside Stella's Deli. Originally known as Gill's Alley, it is now Ballard Street.

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