We mentioned spending time in the Crescent Hill neighborhood on the Fourth of July. Here are some things we've learned about this historic area:
With the coming of the Louisville Frankfort Railroad line in 1849, Crescent Hill became a true suburb. Early structures were joined by splendid homes as many prominent Louisvillians chose the area as the location for their “summer residences." Today, perhaps the most prominent landmark is the Peterson-Dumesnil House, pictured above, site of many community and private gatherings. The mansion was built after the Civil War by tobacco businessman Joseph Peterson, for whom Peterson Avenue was named. Peterson Avenue's steep hill reportedly was once used as a testing ground for new motor cars. Southern Baptist Theological Seminary is often considered part of Crescent Hill.