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 Although today the white brick building behind the [[courthouse|Old Boone County Courthouse]] in [[Burlington]] is called the [[renaker-_kirtley|Renaker House]], is was built by a man named Benjamin Piatt Fowler about [[1830]]. ​ The property changed hands many times over the next 40 years, during which time various proprietors operated it as a tavern and inn called "The Boone House."​{{ ​ http://​bcplfusion.bcpl.org/​Repository/​be0140.JPG?​350|The Renaker-Kirtley House}} ​ Although today the white brick building behind the [[courthouse|Old Boone County Courthouse]] in [[Burlington]] is called the [[renaker-_kirtley|Renaker House]], is was built by a man named Benjamin Piatt Fowler about [[1830]]. ​ The property changed hands many times over the next 40 years, during which time various proprietors operated it as a tavern and inn called "The Boone House."​{{ ​ http://​bcplfusion.bcpl.org/​Repository/​be0140.JPG?​350|The Renaker-Kirtley House}} ​
-In 1870, Fountain Riddell acquired the Boone House for $1,000 as a home for he and his bride Louisa Hawes, who he wed in March of that year.  Two of the couple'​s children survived to adulthood: Nathaniel and Henrietta. ​ The house passed to Louisa, who died in 1922, and then to Henrietta and Nathaniel. ​ [[nathaniel_riddell|Nathaniel]] was [[Boone County]]'​s Judge-Executive from 1919 until his death in 1942, following a prolonged illness. ​ Judge Riddell'​s wake was held in the home's parlor and over 70 flower arrangements were delivered to honor the much-loved Judge. ​ Fountain, Louisa, Nathaniel and Henrietta are all buried in the [[cemeteries|Old Burlington Cemetery]].+ 
 +In [[1870]], Fountain Riddell acquired the Boone House for $1,000 as a home for he and his bride Louisa Hawes, who he wed in March of that year.  Two of the couple'​s children survived to adulthood: Nathaniel and Henrietta. ​ The house passed to Louisa, who died in 1922, and then to Henrietta and Nathaniel. ​ [[nathaniel_riddell|Nathaniel]] was [[Boone County]]'​s Judge-Executive from 1919 until his death in 1942, following a prolonged illness. ​ Judge Riddell'​s wake was held in the home's parlor and over 70 flower arrangements were delivered to honor the much-loved Judge. ​ Fountain, Louisa, Nathaniel and Henrietta are all buried in the [[cemeteries|Old Burlington Cemetery]].
  
 Henrietta married local banker Alvin Boyers Renaker. ​ Henrietta passed away in 1964 and A.B. (as he was known) followed her just a year later. ​ The Renaker House has been occupied by county offices since it was acquired from Renaker'​s grandson in 1967.  The "​haunted home" was even the subject of a Kentucky Post newspaper article at the time… and those ghost stories have persisted ever since. Henrietta married local banker Alvin Boyers Renaker. ​ Henrietta passed away in 1964 and A.B. (as he was known) followed her just a year later. ​ The Renaker House has been occupied by county offices since it was acquired from Renaker'​s grandson in 1967.  The "​haunted home" was even the subject of a Kentucky Post newspaper article at the time… and those ghost stories have persisted ever since.
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