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HISTORY OF THE FRIENDS OF SADIEVILLE, INC.




In November of 2008, a group of Sadieville citizens voiced their concern about the deterioration of their beloved Sadieville School. In the late 1980’s the school closed its doors as the students were bused to new county schools. In 1990 the Scott County Board of Education offered to sell the school to the City of Sadieville for $1.00. The Mayor and the Commissioners at that time decided they did not want the responsibility of the upkeep of the school and declined the offer. A man from Lexington bought the school at auction and allowed the property to deteriorate. The citizens have sentimental ties to the property and would like to have their school back for a community center.
   The citizens decided to start a grass-roots non-profit community organization to raise funds to save the school and other historic properties in Sadieville. They knew there was an urgent need for a community group that would be made up of local volunteers who desired to see crucial changes to the community and revitalization efforts to save this unique, quaint railroad town rich in history and heritage. They saw the potential for this diamond in the rough and envisioned recreational trails, antique and gift shops, restaurants, inns and museums as well as heritage tourism.
   One of the current officers sold some stock and donated the funds to pay for the administrative fees to begin the process. In June of 2009 the Friends of Sadieville, formerly the Friends of the Sadieville Renaissance, Inc., received their 501 (c) 3 letter from the IRS as a non-profit, charitable organization.
   In 2009 and 2010 FSI held monthly fundraisers and in December of 2010 FSI donated $2,000.00 to the City of Sadieville to be used toward the rehabilitation of the Sadieville Rosenwald School. The funds were used for part of the foundation work of the school. FSI has also raised enough funds to pay for a new roof for the school, which they was completed in the fall of 2011.
   FSI has led other preservation and beautification projects in Sadieville. The Kentucky Humanities Council awarded three consecutive annual mini-grants to FSI for important projects that are preserving a crucial part of the regional African American history that was almost extinct.
   Since June 2009, FSI has raised over $13,000.00 through fundraisers, grants and donations and has become the catalyst in saving the community spirit that was completely nonexistent when it first began.
   FSI realized that because of the present economic struggles, the size of the community and the decline of the community spirit, there was a need to build partnerships with other organizations. FSI has been working hand in hand with the City of Sadieville City Commission, Scott County Fiscal Court, Historic Georgetown, Inc., Scott Education and Community Foundation, Preservation Kentucky, The Kentucky Heritage Council, The National Trust for Historic Preservation, and other local, regional and state organizations. 
FSI will continue to help pioneer a promising future for Sadieville and the surrounding area
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