Cannelton Historic District
Roughly bounded by Richardson, Taylor, First, Eighth, and Madison streets, Cannelton
Sandwiched between the Ohio River and high sandstone bluffs, Cannelton’s historic district encompasses much of the town, including houses, downtown commercial buildings, churches, and the Cannelton Cotton Mill, a National Historic Landmark. Half of the 169 structures in the district face jeopardy and over two dozen are vacant.
The city is considering demolition of several deteriorated structures held by one property owner that would leave holes in the historic streetscape. Like the mill, many of the district’s structures, which date from 1837 to 1936, feature locally quarried honey-colored sandstone, a distinctive signature of the river town.
While the Perry County town suffers economic hardship, it offers, in addition to historic architecture, a park and greenway along the Ohio River, the nearby Cannelton Lock and Dam, and a bridge across the river to Kentucky. Cannelton needs a unified community vision and a coordinated approach to revitalization.
Saving threatened buildings takes teamwork. You can be a part of that team. Reach out to local leaders. Let them know these buildings are important to you. And support state and local preservation groups.