Mayfield debuts its western style town

A local town is going back in time. Cartwright Grove in Mayfield debuts this weekend. The 1880’s western-style display started out as an online conversation last year, and now it’s come to life.

People can take a tour back in time visiting places like a barbershop, general store, and sheriff’s office. Builder Hugh Kirby said he hopes people will create lasting memories after seeing how their forefathers lived.

“This is something where people can actually come in and look around and actually be hands on and see the way people lived in the 1880’s,” Kirby said.

The newly built town is a reminder for people like Ron Gregory of the old Cartwright Farm, which used to light up every Christmas about 30 years ago.     

“I used to go as a little boy. It was pretty neat of course, that’s not there anymore. He’s passed on and all that’s been torn down,” Gregory said.

So, with the help of Mayfield’s Mayor Teresa Cantrell and several volunteers, they were able to bring some of those Christmas memories back by building Cartwright Grove on the county’s fair grounds.

Kirby said through donations and volunteers, they built five western style buildings in a couple months. 

“Makes you extremely proud, everybody working hard. It’s coming together,” Kirby said.

Kirby said they hope to add a saloon, barn, and feed store sometime next year. 

Cartwright Grove will be open next FridaySaturday, and Sunday from 5:00 p.m.  to 9:30 p.m. Every night at 6:30 p.m. a  big gun fight with professional re-enactors will take place. 

The event is free, but donations are welcome.

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