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Toonerville Trolley Neighborhood

Old louisville - floyd × brook × 1st 

WELCOME!

Toonerville Trolley Neighborhood Association (TTNA) is one of 13 neighborhood associations in Old Louisville and takes its whimsical name from the "Toonerville Trolley" comic strip based on the short Brook Street Line that ran from 1915 until 1930. TTNA’s boundaries of First, Brook and Floyd Streets from Kentucky Street to Hill Street and all adjacent cross streets make it the largest association geographically within the Old Louisville historic district, which currently boasts the largest collection of Victorian-era buildings in the nation. 

TTNA’s primary goals include:

  • Unifying residents and business owners.
  • Beautification efforts.
  • Neighborhood improvement with respect to traffic flow and design, high quality police and fire protection, zoning and enforcement.
  • Preserving the neighborhood’s historic and architectural character.
  • Fostering a cooperative community spirit in the area with other neighborhood groups in the Old Louisville Neighborhood Council, and throughout the city.

For more information, wander about and hopefully many of your questions will be answered. If not, contact us via e-mail (see email contact address in sidebar) and we will surely be able to help you (or misdirect you to someone who can't!).

Also, please be sure to visit www.oldlouisville.org to take a tour of the Historic District with its many events and goings-on. 

 

Toonerville Trolley Neighborhood Association Documents:

501c3 IRS Approval Letter (May 2015)

TTNA Articles of Incorporation (August 2004)

TTNA Bylaws (October 2004)

Fort George Deed (October 2009)

 
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PARK LOCATION & DESCRIPTION 
Toonerville Trolley Park is a 2-acre park located in the heart of the Old Louisville Neighborhood at the intersection of Oak Street and Brook Street. The Louisville Dog Run Association, Toonerville Trolley Neighborhood Association, and Louisville Metro Parks worked together to establish the Old Louisville Dog Run. The dog run consists of two 100' x 115' areas, one built over the old tennis court and the other on the grassy area at the back of the park. 

DIRECTIONS 
From I-65 = Take EXIT 135 and go west on ST. CATHERINE STREET. Turn south onto FIRST STREET and then take a left onto OAK STREET. The park is located on the southeast corner of the intersection of OAK and BROOK STREETS.

Pay Dues

Association dues are $25.00 per household per year. Thank you for your contribution 

Donate

Make a one time donation to the Toonerville Trolley Neighborhood Association.  

Click Here to Make a Donation or Pay Dues
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Fort George

 
Click To Visit the Fort George Website

Captain George Gray and “Fort George”       

Fort George is a tree-filled, fenced-in, park-like area about the size of four building lots in the 1200 block of Floyd Street. It is a memorial to Revolutionary War Captain George Gray and his wife, Mildred Rootes Thompson Gray. Their farm, now called “Fort George,” originally consisted of 200 acres. Toward the end of the nineteenth century, descendants donated the remnant that remains today to Christ Episcopal Church for the preservation of the family burial site. The DAR held patriotic ceremonies for several decades in the twentieth century, and later the Fort George Neighborhood looked after the property. The Toonerville Neighborhood Association bought Fort George from a private entity in 2009 and arranged for a ground penetrating radar survey which revealed the probable location of the graves of George and Mildred Gray.

New information about Captain George Gray’s life and military service has recently emerged, making inscriptions on markers in the park outdated. First, due to an error in the christening records of the St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Stafford County, Virginia, his correct birthdate was discovered only a few years ago by a certified genealogist. Secondly, his actual Revolutionary War service records are now digitized on the Internet and can be read from any computer. These two sources confirm that George Gray, instead of being an established middle-aged planter at the time of the Revolution, was an adventurous youth with few financial resources. He became one of the few mounted troops known as the Continental Dragoons and used up his money just supporting himself and his horse during the war.

Born in 1756, George Gray was only fourteen when his father died and not yet twenty when he entered the Third Virginia Regiment in 1776. His second cousin, James Monroe, was a lieutenant in a different company of the same regiment. In 1777, Gray joined the newly organized Continental Light Dragoons, or mounted troops. First a lieutenant and then a captain, he patrolled, scouted, carried messages, and harassed British soldiers. He was with Washington for the crossing of the Delaware and the winter at Valley Forge.

In mid-1779, Captain Gray resigned, citing a lack of money. Two years later, he married Mildred Rootes Thompson, who had an inheritance through her father’s first wife from the estate of former governor Spotswood. Although Gray received warrants for 4000 acres of western land in Kentucky, he probably sold them. Kentucky records do not show that he ever finished the process of first surveying and then patenting land under these warrants.

Instead he and Mildred remained in Culpeper County until 1798, when the couple and their ten children finally moved to Louisville, where two more children were born. The Jefferson County deed book recorded George Gray’s lease of two 100-acre parcels about two miles south of the river which are visible on several maps from the mid-nineteenth century. One area, surrounded approximately by Kentucky, Preston, Woodbine and First Streets, has faint outlines of buildings near the part that eventually became the present-day Fort George. The other acreage, east of Preston Street, adjoins the first.

In George Gray’s day his property was known simply as a farm. On July 4, 1817, he “prepared a dinner” for the public at his farm to celebrate “the anniversary of American Independence” according to the Louisville Correspondent newspaper. Two years later, he chaired the committee in charge of arrangements for several large events occasioned by the visit of his relative, President James Monroe, and General Andrew Jackson. Activities apparently began late on June 23 with the arrival of the dignitaries at Gray’s farm. From there the Louisville cavalry and infantry escorted the entourage into town. The Louisville Public Advertiser wrote up long accounts of banquets, programs, speeches and toasts.

Captain George Gray died on December 26, 1823, and was buried “at his late residence in the country” two days later. Major General Winfield Scott, who had just arrived in Louisville, was a pall bearer. The funeral procession included military men, the Masonic fraternity, family, friends and citizens.  A public dinner several days later honored the veteran, a charter member of the Virginia Order of the Cincinnati “as true as steel to his country, and an honest man.”

 

Contributed by Susan Price Miller

 August 2015.