“I would like to welcome all patrons to the Glasgow Recreation Department web site and I would like to further encourage and invite everyone to personally come to the parks and enjoy what this community has to offer.” –Deborah Bunch Jones, Recreation Director
Our Recreation Team provides high quality programs that are both desirable and beneficial to all segments of our population. These programs are offered free of charge whenever possible or at an affordable fee so everyone can participate. We strive to make our realm of activities diverse, current, challenging and most of all “FUN” for your entire family!
The Glasgow Recreation Department is the steward of over 100 acres of land including:(9) Softball/Baseball fields, (2) 1 mile and ½ mile Nature/Walking trails, (7) Playgrounds, (3) Basketball courts, Horshoe Pits, Disc Golf Course, and facilities for picnics and reunions. We are home to free concerts, sporting events, and cultural festivals.
During the Civil War, Glasgow’s railway and depot made it an important communication and supply post for Union troops in south central Kentucky. In December 1862, Confederate John Hunt Morgan took control of Glasgow for three days, just long enough to destroy Union rail and communication lines. Fort Williams was built in 1863 to deter future attacks of this kind. However, it didn’t work as planned. The same year the fort was built, Confederates led by Colonel John Hunt Morgan raided the town destroying more than $250,000 worth of supplies.
Built in 1830 by William Bell, Bell’s Tavern served as a stagecoach stop that brought visitors to Mammoth Cave when first open. The inn and tavern was famous in the United States and Europe for elite patrons, cuisine and a special drink of peach and honey brandy for “Joy before the journey’s end. The tavern burned in 1860 and reconstruction by Bell’s grandson, William F. Bell and stepfather, George M. Proctor, was halted due to the Civil War. Recently, Dr. John Adams with the World Society of Chemists, began assessing the structure to determine how many stories and rooms the building had and what it may have looked like in the early 1800’s.
SC KY Cultural Center
South Central Kentucky Cultural Center is located in the former 1920’s Kentucky Pants factory, the 30,000 square foot center currently has quality exhibits spanning three floors. The first floor features a display that represents central Kentucky around 12,000 B.C. Items include stone and bone tools, knives, and Native American exhibits from other historic periods.Visitors can also learn about the many facets of life in the 1800’s. These exhibits include a sewing machine from 1854, quilts, wooden washboard, lye soap and yoke along with a log cabin, smokehouse and farming equipment.
Perhaps one of the most impressive gems in Glasgow’s crown is the Plaza Theatre. But this jewel has not always sparkled so. In fact, the theater’s ascent from deterioration to grandeur didn’t begin until 2001 when the city bought it. “The building is an historical asset for the community and a great attraction. It opened in the early 1930s and originally had 1,200 seats. Built on the natural slope of a hill, the interior expands and drops quickly. Inside, the space above the Plaza’s stage is the equivalent of a five-story building. The interior design replicates being in the middle of a Mediterranean street scene. It’s not a mural, but a 3-D build-out. The ceiling was totally renovated, too. It has twinkling stars and two cloud machines that create clouds in the sky. You feel like you’re sitting outside. The city plans to use the theater to host live performances, classic movies and children’s matinees.