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North one of twin old buildings
"No. 5 Cheapside," Lexington, Fayette County, Kentucky
Built 1817

Daniel Halstead and Hugh Maglone/Meglone (hereafter Maglone) on September 8, 1807, purchased from Matthew Elder 20 feet on the Public Square "beginning at the north-west corner of an alley that runs between the house now occupied by George Norton and the house owned by said Halstead and Maglone."

Daniel Halstead (and Hester, his wife), "surviving partner of Hugh Maglone, dec'd., and Mary Maglone, relict and widow of said Hugh Maglone," sold the property to Morrison, Fisher and Sutton in March, 1811. The latter concern dissolved partnership in August 1811 (formed January 7, 1811) and sold its interests to Joseph and Bushrod Boswell. Fisher's associates had been James Morrison and David Sutton. Fisher was to get $2,000 and the "crops now growing on the Woodford Farm." plus the stock of hogs and cattle, all the horses and farming interests on the farm. He was to transfer his interests in the firm, "consisting of the merchandize now held by said firm, their present manufacturing establishments, Rope walk, bagging factory, etc." Fisher also transferred his interest in this building. David Sutton, an early merchant, was advertising "hats" in 1795.

On February 6, 1818, James Morrison deeded the 20 feet on the public Square (now called the Old Market House) to Joseph Boswell for $10,000 (the latter issuing a deed of trust to Morrison to cover a debt to him of $20,000) and the property then was described as where "David Sutton and Bushrod Boswell had late a Retail Store." (1818 Directory: "Jos. & Geo. Boswell, merchants, Cheapside").

Gabriel Reed bought the house, in 1837, from the heirs of Joseph Boswell--Ann Shelby, Jos. G. Boswell, Davidella Blackburn and James Morrison Boswell. Reed mortgaged the building in 1838, stating it was "occupied by Moses Morrison as a Grocery Store." (1838 Directory: "Moses Morrison, grocer and provision merchant, 5 Cheapside").

The Mill Street half of the building evidently was occupied by "Robert Long, wholesale and retail grocer, opposite Giron's Saloon"--ad in 1838 Directory. The famous 1838 Directory, by the way, was published at "No. 6 Cheapside," next door. Gabriel Reed and Sarah, his wife, sold the building to Robert Frazer the same year, and Frazer's executors sold it to Geo. W. Brand in 1851 (then occupied by Higgins' Grocery). The Brand family already owned "No. 4 Cheapside" and the two buildings remained their property until 1898.

David Sutton resided on a farm in Scott County. He published the following ad in the Kentucky Gazette March 21, 1827, describing its exact location:

"The fine pacing Maryland Pony LITTLE TOM will stand this season at my stable in Scott County on the Iron Works road, 3 miles South of Georgetown and 2 miles west of where the Iron Works road crosses the road leading from Lexington to Georgetown.  D.A. SUTTON."

(Obit: "Mr. Hugh Maglone, merchant of Lexington, of the house of Messrs. Halstead & Maglone" died March 8, 1811).

It is fitting that Cheapside, locale of Lexington's first school house, parade and drill-ground for volunteers in every war from General "Mad Anthony" Wayne's campaign in 1795 to the Civil War inclusive, and the stage for orators, exhorters and entertainers for a century and a half, should have been the scene of Lexington's first Horse Show. 

The Kentucky Reporter May 6, 1829 stated: "The show of horses in Lexington at April Court attracted much attention. Many fine stallions were exhibited--among them, Old Potomac, Snow Storm, Sumpter, Saxe Weimar, Kosciusko, Sir William, Kennon's Whip and a number of young Potomacs, Young Whips &c. The exhibition on Monday next (May Court) will be more interesting: more fine houses will be on the ground. We would suggest the propriety of procuring a larger lot for the exhibition.:

Source: Old Houses of Lexington, C. Frank Dunn, typescript, n.d., copy located in the Kentucky Room, Lexington (Kentucky) Public Library.

Transcribed by pb, June 2006