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Elizabethtown, KY

#1 Jan 4, 2009
Does anyone know about this place? It was in Anchorage or Lyndon Ky.
dynamo hum

United States

#2 Jan 4, 2009
memories wrote:
Does anyone know about this place? It was in Anchorage or Lyndon Ky.
i lived right across the street from it,it dosent exist anymore , its all highways and office buildings now , but when it was ormsby village it was a beautiful wooded area , now it dosent even resemble what it once was ..it was on lagrange and whipps mill road . its looooong gone tho
Eric Ormsby Sakal

Jeffersonville, IN

#3 Jan 28, 2009
It's not long gone... it's a historical land mark. Although a lot of the land around it has been converted to buildings and streets the original house is still there with a little bit of land. It is right behind the jefferson county federal credit union bank. It is my great great grand father's house, hamilton ormsby.
borderline MR

Glasgow, KY

#4 Jan 28, 2009
Eric Ormsby Sakal wrote:
It's not long gone... it's a historical land mark. Although a lot of the land around it has been converted to buildings and streets the original house is still there with a little bit of land. It is right behind the jefferson county federal credit union bank. It is my great great grand father's house, hamilton ormsby.
I was raised in Lousiville...I'm 52....I do remember this place...one lady that worked there raised Chihuahuas ( sp??) and she gave us one when I was 5 because I had asthma and back then they believed Chihuahuas cured/prevented asthma.
sherrydonaldson

Lexington, KY

#5 Apr 16, 2009
My family moved to Ormsby Village in 1955 when I was 2 1/2 and my brother was 4. My father was Assistant Director and eventually became Director. We lived in the mansion house for 12 years. There was a working farm which provided food for the resident kids. So many things. I loved it there.
The house is still there, altho when I saw in '95 or '96, it was in pitiful shape. I hope it's being kept up now. There is also a group of pine trees that we planted. They were live Christmas trees.
There were never any ghosts. My brother and I played all over that house, including the attic and the basement (which was creepy, indeed).
There are hours of stories I could tell. Getting chased by cows, waking to the sound of trains and cattle lowing. Sledding down the hill. Watching my father hold sunrise services on the front lawn on Easter morning. More and more and more.
Gloria Holst

United States

#6 Mar 2, 2010
memories wrote:
Does anyone know about this place? It was in Anchorage or Lyndon Ky.
"I was there from '51-'55 as was my brother Glenn. I was 11 when I arrived there."
Gloria Holst

United States

#7 Mar 2, 2010
"Gloria Lawler/Glenn Lawler"
Sherry Donaldson

Lexington, KY

#8 Mar 3, 2010
Gloria Holst wrote:
"Gloria Lawler/Glenn Lawler"
We probably got there in '55. Where did you live on campus? What was the population of kids like back than? From what I remember, it was originally an orphanage. Do you remember the farm?
what comes around

Louisville, KY

#9 Mar 3, 2010
it used to be a juvinile treatment facility,some had done serious crimes as juviniles,it was in the early 70"s,i hear they are going to make it a home for washed up mma fighters,who fight for kudos,losers,the first part is true
Gloria Holst

United States

#10 Mar 26, 2010
Hello,

I was in Cottage 5 when I first got there and then moved to cottage 1 and then later on after I matured a little.lol lol went to cottate 3..

All the years there never realized what a wonderful place to be IF you could not be with your parents and this for sure was the case.

Only wish I knew how to make the CHILI like we had and not often enought!.YUMMMMMY
Sherry Donaldson

Lexington, KY

#11 Mar 28, 2010
I have to admit, it was a lot different for my brother and me. We were the kids who lived in the big house and our father was the administrator. We had the whole front lawn as our yard and the woods in the back behind the farm. The only problem we had was that many of our friends' parents wouldn't let them come to visit us at Ormsby because the population, by the time I was about 6, had begun to be dependent children and "juvenile deliquents" but we never had any problems. I'm glad you have good memories of Ormsby.
David W Rafferty

Coldwater, MI

#12 Jun 21, 2010
You can find more of my info on familyoldphotos message board. My late father, Bradley D. Rafferty and his brothers William and Robert were largely raised at the Louisville School of Industrial Reform, later Ormsby Village as their father was old and mother had Tuberculosis and couldn't take care of them. My Dad graduated in 1926 and his younger brothers up to the 30's. Brother Robert was in the printing program and played trombone. Dad learned clarinet. Dad never spoke much about it, but I have learned it was a fine place to live and be educated. I have some photos and some of the Ormsby newspapers.
There is a repository in Louisville of the school records, I believe. I would recommend the book, The Beanery, by James W. Settle, about his time at Ormsby and KMI and was a friend of my Uncle Robert.
juanita wilson

United States

#13 Aug 1, 2010
Eric Ormsby Sakal wrote:
It's not long gone... it's a historical land mark. Although a lot of the land around it has been converted to buildings and streets the original house is still there with a little bit of land. It is right behind the jefferson county federal credit union bank. It is my great great grand father's house, hamilton ormsby.
do u have any pics of this place inside? I was there in 1960 for about 2 or 3 weeks and then transfered to another place. Doing my genealogy. My email address is nitae_52@yahoo.com.
juanita wilson

United States

#14 Aug 1, 2010
well once again I was in this place in 1960 and would love to have some pics inside the building. was there for about 3 weeks and if you have any pics my email address is nitae_52@yahoo.cm
juanita wilson

United States

#15 Aug 1, 2010
sherrydonaldson wrote:
My family moved to Ormsby Village in 1955 when I was 2 1/2 and my brother was 4. My father was Assistant Director and eventually became Director. We lived in the mansion house for 12 years. There was a working farm which provided food for the resident kids. So many things. I loved it there.
The house is still there, altho when I saw in '95 or '96, it was in pitiful shape. I hope it's being kept up now. There is also a group of pine trees that we planted. They were live Christmas trees.
There were never any ghosts. My brother and I played all over that house, including the attic and the basement (which was creepy, indeed).
There are hours of stories I could tell. Getting chased by cows, waking to the sound of trains and cattle lowing. Sledding down the hill. Watching my father hold sunrise services on the front lawn on Easter morning. More and more and more.
well you all may have been the ones there when I was there in 1960. do you have any pics insided ormbsy village? these are memories for me and my email address is nitae_52@yahoo.com
Sherry Donaldson

Versailles, KY

#16 Aug 3, 2010
We have a few pictures of the inside of the big house. My dad might have some somewhere. Do you remember the rec hall? There were pool tables. And the art room? It was on the same side of the circle as the girl's cottages. We would eat dinner in the dining hall about once a week. And I agree about the chili. I glad to hear from people who have good memories about Ormsby. Dad tried to make is as nice as possible for all the kids who came there while he was the administrator. I'll see if I can hunt up some pictures.
juanita wilson

United States

#17 Aug 4, 2010
Gloria Holst wrote:
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"I was there from '51-'55 as was my brother Glenn. I was 11 when I arrived there."
please are you on facebook and if you are please let me add you as a friend I am under juanita wilson
Ormsby Village

Universal City, CA

#18 Sep 22, 2010
memories wrote:
Does anyone know about this place? It was in Anchorage or Lyndon Ky.
I used to live in Ormsby Village in the early 70's, it's in Anchorage. My father was assistant director of the facility, James Strong (RIP). My friends the Rife's lived in the mansion, and we lived in a white house that was across from the corn fields. I miss the place ALOT! Haven't been back since 1995 when I only had limited time to be there.

Good Times at Ormsby!

Robert Strong
rstrong403@gmail.com
Ormsby Village

Universal City, CA

#19 Sep 22, 2010
Started thinking and thought I would add more to conversation!
We had soooo much fun watching the hot air balloons land in the corn field across from our house, Sunday Chicken Dinners from the staff. I had full run of the place with my friend Steven Riffe, I wish it was back the way it used to be. But with the Giant UPS Facility blocking the road, our home that is no longer there, and all the nice people gone, it just isn't the same. I live in Southern California now, I was a child then and I am 38 now, it was a long time ago, but will definitely be close to my heart forever.
Also The movie Stripes was filmed there.

Any questions let me know.

Robert Strong
rstrong403@gmail.com
Sherry Donaldson

Lexington, KY

#20 Sep 28, 2010
My father found a copy of the 1956 "Villager", the high school yearbook. He also has a copy of the 100th anniversary report to the board that he compiled in 1966. There are many photographs in both. Most of the photos are very dark. I'll have to figure out how to scan and lighten the pics. I do have PDF capability and will work with that.
I don't do facebook. This may take me a little while, but I will work on it. I'll try to get a least one or two out to your email addresses as soon as I can.

Sherry

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