Author: Meranda L. Caswell

In the 1850s, Elizabethtown flourished due to the traffic from Louisville & Nashville Railroad and Turnpike. Over the next decades, the community grew in size and population, evolving into the romantic travel destination and quaint hometown that it is now. Today, visitors tour Elizabethtown to immerse themselves in historical significance: the Schmidt’s Museum of Coca-Cola Memorabilia, President Abraham Lincoln’s heritage, Gen. George Armstrong Custer’s stay before his last stand, Gen. John Hunt Morgan’s raids during the Civil War, and Philip Arnold’s western adventures. The Brown-Pusey House, built around 1825, is open to the public. Couples continue to marry in this historic boarding house and its formal garden.

Author Meranda L. Caswell was born and raised in Elizabethtown and Hardin County. She is currently the executive director of the Brown-Pusey House. As a research scientist, Meranda continues to investigate historic records of Hardin County as well as Smithland, Kentucky, assisting historians and genealogists. Though this is her first book, she has contributed poetry to other volumes.

The Image of America series celebrates the history of neighborhoods, towns, and cities across the country. Using archival photographs, each title presents the distinctive stories from the past that shape the character of the community today. Arcadia is proud to play a part in the preservation of local heritage, making history available to all.