Bill Monroe Park Planned in Kentucky

With $8,000 in seed money from the state government, plans are underway to develop a state park honoring Bill Monroe in his hometown of Rosine, Ky., the Owensboro [Ky.] Messenger-Inquirer reports. The Rosine Project, led by Kentucky veterinarian and bluegrass musician Campbell Mercer, is seeking an additional $12 million from the Kentucky General Assembly to develop the 1,000-acre facility. The proposed park will include a museum, Monroe’s boyhood home on Pigeon Ridge outside Rosine and the ’50s-era home of his brother, Charlie Monroe, west of Rosine. A steam engine will carry visitors to the Charlie Monroe home three miles from the museum, and a horse and buggy will take them up the ridge to Monroe’s childhood home. Kentucky Gov. Paul Patton has met with the group to discuss the proposed budget but has made no commitments. A ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled for Aug. 23. Bluegrass great Ralph Stanley, a member of the Rosine Project’s advisory board, will perform. The park has not been named.