||The first Europeans visited the area.
||Captain John Holder, a companion of Daniel Boone,
first settled the land that would become Floracliff.
||Eli Cleveland, a shipyard builder, acquired the land.
||A cabin was built on the property that still stands
||Bright B. Harris, stone cutter, bought some of the property. A small
quarry provided high grade limestone to area builders.
||Peter Evans, who built the grist mill at the fork
of Raven Run Creek, bought the property.
||The cliffs along the Kentucky River were logged.
|1910 - 1935
|| The landowners tapped sugar maples for syrup.
|| Kettle Springs was used as a local water source.
|1930s - 1950s
||The uplands and floodplain were farmed for corn,
hemp and tobacco.
||Mary Wharton began purchasing property that would become Floracliff.
||Mary Wharton gave 109.5 acres as a scenic easement
to the Lexington Fayette Urban County Government (LFUCG). This was
the first use of a scenic easement in the state, done to prevent development.
||Mary Wharton gave another 48.5 acres to LFUCG as a scenic easement.
||Incorporation of the Mary E. Wharton Nature Sanctuary
||Mary Wharton died November 28th at the age of 79.
||Floracliff was dedicated as a Kentucky State Nature Preserve, the
first and only dedicated preserve in Fayette County.
||The first preserve manager was hired.
||A research project led by Neil Pederson and Ryan
McEwan results in the discovery of the oldest documented tree in Kentucky
plus eight others that date to the 1600s.
||Construction and completion of the Winifred W.
Haggart Nature Center