Forsythe-Shewmaker House

603 Vanarsdall Rd, Salvisa, KY

The Forsythe-Shewmaker House is an important local example of transitional Federal-Greek Revival architecture for more than just pure design. Both the form and the finish of this house tell us about building decisions, about building hierarchies, and about how the 1830s were a pivotal time economically, socially and agriculturally for Mercer County’s citizens. The NRHP application for this site details in great depth what the local economy was like in this time. It also tells the story of Andrew Forsythe starting out as a 19-year-old borrowing money for his first plot of land, and his endeavors over 50 years to accumulate acreage and livestock to the point of being one of the major players in the county.