Start your driving tour in Manchester
The obvious place to start your tour is at the (1) Heritage Pavilion where you'll learn about the early history of the county via large interpretive signs. Then visit our two (2) veterans memorials, one on the plaza adjacent to the County Administration Center, which is also the site of the Governor Bert T. Combs statue; the other at Rawlings and Stinson Park. Also at the park is the nationally known (3) Red Bird Petroglyph -- the sign at right speaks for itself. Just beyond Rawlings and Stinson Park is the (4) Cedar Crag marker, site of the home of famed Manchester attorney David Yancy Lyttle, who is known as Kentucky's "Father of Education" owing to his efforts on behalf of poor children in the State Legislature after the Civil War. The other (5) marker tells the county was named in 1806. A more appropriate sign would say the county took effect in 1807. On Green Street is the old (6) African American Baptist Church, established in 1860, before the demise of slavery. On the Courthouse Hill you will find the (7) Old Clay County jail, which is maintained as a historical edifice by the Clay County Fiscal Court.