Disclaimer: This is an article that was featured in the Glasgow Daily Times, in the last ten years, written by Cassandra Groce. I did not have any hand in its production, I have only posted it for entertainment and research purposes. It is of no intention to infringe on any copyright laws. It has not been reproduced for any monetary gain, or for the purpose of claiming any portion thereof as my own writing or property entailed. The only true disagreement I have with this article is the persistence of some people in this area that there was ever an Underground Railroad here… Where it is mentioned in this article is only one of many entrances into a cave system that lies under most of Glasgow. Hope you enjoy!
“Sometimes during the night, Joe Johnson claims when he enters the living room of his two-story home he feels the faint, ghostly grazings of the previous owner. He and his wife, Lou Mae Johnson, refer to their eerie visitor as ‘Mr. Boles.’ In fact, Lou Mae has called him this for so long, she hardly remembers that his full name is Charles Boles.
“‘We feel like we still live with this family,’ Lou Mae said.’We have this feeling that we got the house because we would share it with people.’
“Sharing the stories from the history of the two-story Williamsburg-style home is just what retired teacher Lou Mae seems to enjoy doing most. The family has lived at the Brown Street home for 25 years, with the oldest room in the house predating the 1900s and the newest portions being built in the early 1950s.
“‘At one point this home was like an old rural farm house with a frame and an upstairs and downstairs porch,’ she said. ‘Sometime about 1900 that house burned.’ However the oldest back room was left fully intact. ‘You can tell the floorboards are lighter and the windows have the rippled glass,’ Lou Mae said about the room’s age.
“After the house burned, Barren County Judge George Bohannon did not want to risk losing his home ever again, so he rebuilt it as a stucco. ‘It was not a very attractive house,’ Lou Mae said. ‘I walked by it every day on my way to school and it was a dark and foreboding place.’
“The Bohannons had three daughters. One married a renowned Baptist minister. All that Lou Mae knows about him was his name was Ed Knight. Another daughter married a ‘Mr. Vaugn,’ and lived her whole life in the house. She had two sons, one who was Billy Vaugn, who was press secretary to Vice President Alban Barkley. The last daughter, Charlotte, married Boles. Boles worked in Washington. DC, but couldn’t afford to take Charlotte with him, so she stayed at the house with her parents.
“Eventually Mr. Boles and his wife took over the Brown Street home and Mr. Boles remodeled the house. ‘When Mr. Boles redid the home, in the 1950s, he put a bathroom for every bedroom,’ Lou Mae said. ‘It’s a very versatile old house. They did a beautiful job planning the layout.’
“Everywhere there are things to remind of the previous owners. In one upstairs room, tiled in black and white, are splatters of paint, left by Charlotte, an avid artist. The Johnsons even found paintings left by her that now hang in her home. Local author, Joseph Altsheler, was an uncle to Mr. Boles by marriage.
“The land the home rests on shares deep roots in the history of Kentucky as well. In the back of the property is the location of one of the entrances to the underground railroad (?). There was even a club nearby.’There used to be what we would call a garage with an upstairs over there,’ Lou Mae said, referring to an area behind her home. Young men who are now in their late 80s had a club down there, called the Night Owl and they did book reviews and book reports.
“Because of her home’s rich history, Lou Mae has done her best to incorporate the time period of her home in her decor. ‘I think it is important to keep a house true to its history because we have a tendency to throw history out,’ Lou Mae said. ‘And once it is gone you can’t even get it back again.'”