Prospect, Kentucky is a great place to call home! Found in eastern Jefferson County, Prospect is a community that is home to both large modern mansions and zebras.
The mansions are courtesy of developers and homebuilders who cater to top executives of large corporations. The zebras are courtesy of the farm owned by the Wallace family.
If you’re looking for executive homes, you might start with Sutherland, a signature development that has iconic small lakes accented by fountains right by U.S. 42. Other subdivisions include Hunting Creek and the Estates of Hunting Creek, with their own country club and golf course; Fox Harbor, one of Prospect’s first subdivisions; and a few developments named after the local Harrods Creek.
At one time, the intersection of U.S. 42 with Rose Island Road and Covered Bridge Road was the heart of Prospect. It was home to the Prospect Store, a classic country retail outlet, and the circa 1903 City Hall.
But by 1989 progress prompted new developments. Local celebrity Henry Wallace bought the store building for $1 and moved it across the street, out of the way of an expanding modern convenience store. While the Prospect Store survives today as apartments, the former City Hall was torn down.
One long-time estate is the James Trigg mansion, built by a wealthy farmer and railroad executive. In the 1940s and 1950s, the estate was home to newspaper executive Mark Etheridge and his wife, author Willie Snow Etheridge. Their Derby parties and dinners attracted people such as author John Steinbeck and band leader Benny Goodman.
Perhaps even Henry Wallace attended a few Etheridge parties. He was a former correspondent for Life and Time magazines. After living abroad for many years, Wallace returned to his family’s 600-acre farm. He later established Henry’s Ark, a free-admission, non-profit petting zoo at the farm where the zebras are joined by all manner of other exotic animals and birds.
Today Prospect is a wealthy modern bedroom community with a prosperous city government. You can learn more by visiting Prospect Homes for Sale.