Huntertown History Project Interview

Interview with former teacher Sioux Finney about the Huntertown interpretive park project.

Back in 2012, a project rose up through a fund grant proposal by the Woodford County government towards the development of Huntertown’s 38 acres into an educational park. Alongside this came various oral interviews of former Huntertown residents conducted by Dr. Richard Schein, of the University of Kentucky.



Sioux Finney shows students at Huntertown Elementary School information about the Huntertown Project. Photo by Elaine Bailey – Communications Officer at Woodford County Public Schools.

Around four years later in 2016, faculty and students came together to head an ambitious research project on Huntertown eventually presenting their findings to the Woodford County fiscal court in support of the development of an interpretive park on Huntertown’s 38 acres. In their research, the team leading the project uncovered  “snapshots” of the lives of those living in the Huntertown area back in the day.

As of recently another grant proposal fund, like the one made back in 2012, has been proposed in order to fund the projects further discoveries. Right now, the project is a collaborative effort between the Woodford County Historical Society and the High School’s faculty and students, including support from Dr. Richard Schein and Mr. Donald Morton. The two of us have been fortunate enough to be able to interview a former Woodford County teacher, Sioux Finney, who is now working closely alongside those leading this project.

So, for those who are unaware could you briefly summarize the Huntertown History Project?

How widespread is it? Is it local, state, interstate?

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What’s the most interesting thing you’ve learned or experienced through these documents and interviews?

You said the project is coming to the library. Is there any context you’d like to give to this or anything they should keep in mind?

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What’s been the most challenging thing about getting this project off the ground?

Do you accept volunteer help of any kind?

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What inspired you to start this project?

What exactly do you plan on doing with these 38 acres?

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So, is there anything you’d like to say as a passing remark to Woodford High School students?

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As of now, the project is projected to be operational in the Fall of 2020 and is always open to volunteers willing to help. If interested, you can find all of Ms. Finney’s contact information here:

If you would like to watch the full interview click here: