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© 1997 Robert Perry, Ph.D.

Home of Jack May's War and The Oldest House in the Valley

This is an abridged version of the archives that were
compiled and maintained by Robert Perry.
For more complete information see his geocities website.

Remember Our First Christmas Open House in 1997?


The Samuel May House Archive is your source for May House history. It contains the full text of The Oldest House in the Valley, Robert Perry's book about Samuel May and the building of the May House. It also contains the Introduction to Jack May's War, Perry's book about Colonel Andrew Jackson May, the leading Confederate officer in the Big Sandy Valley.

The Friends of the Samuel May House, Inc., was formed by a group of Floyd County residents in March of 1993. We are dedicated to the task of restoring and preserving the historic Samuel May House, the oldest brick house in the Big Sandy Valley. We seek to promote local history and tourism by transforming the May House into a Living History Museum.

In the Spring of 1997, the first phase of the May House Restoration was completed. Using a $400,000 ISTEA Grant from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and the Kentucky Heritage Council, the City of Prestonsburg has restored the house to its original condition. Architect for the project was Joe Argabrite of Argabrite Associates, Louisville, Kentucky, and the contractor was Jack Kauble of Olentangy Restoration, Marion, Ohio.

Much remains to be done, however, before the house can be used as a living history museum. Its rooms must be decorated with wallpaper, draperies, and other items appropriate to the 1830s, and the rooms must be furnished with May family heirlooms or other antique furniture from the 1830 period. In addition to this, the grounds must be landscaped and a public restroom, a gift shop, a parking lot, and a reception center must be built. To accomplish these things, more money will have to be raised.

If you would like to get involved in the May House Project, contact
Sam Hatcher.

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