The Covington Bicentennial is in full swing and the Local History and Genealogy Department is ready with a new FREE walking tour!
Join a member of the Local History and Genealogy Department each Wednesday at 10 a.m. for a tour of the neighborhood around the library. The tour highlights and explores the people who lived in the neighborhoods around the Library 100 years ago in 1915. You’ll learn about Covington’s northern and southern heritage, architecture, and diverse commercial history. We’ll also explore some of the forgotten and lost buildings that once proudly stood in the neighborhood.
The tour is roughly a mile long, and comfortable clothing and shoes are recommended. Large groups, and anyone requiring special accommodations should contact the Local History and Genealogy Department a week in advance of the program at 859-962-4070.
Here is a sneak peak into one of the stories you’ll discover during the tour.
The Lovell-Graziani house at 326 E 2nd Street, formerly 174 E 2nd Street
Benjamin F. Graziani occupied 174 E 2nd Street in 1915. The house dates to the late 1870s, built in French Victorian style by Howell Lewis Lovell, of the tobacco business. Graziani was born in 1858 in Cold Spring, KY, the youngest of nine children to Italian immigrants. His father died in a steamboat explosion when Graziani was only eight years old. He attended Cincinnati Law School and graduated in 1882. In time, Graziani grew to be one of the most prominent attorneys in Covington during the late 19th and early 20th century, often appearing in the newspapers as a “promising young lawyer” at the start of his career. He worked as a criminal attorney, keeping an office building on the second floor of 510 Madison Ave. (formerly where Geez’l Petes was located, currently Wabi Sabi).
Graziani served two terms in the Kentucky legislature as a Democrat. In 1902 he was appointed to Campbell County master commissioner. Graziani was not the most popular politician, as he proposed an anti-poolroom bill in 1896, which ultimately failed. It was around this same time that Graziani took his wife Eliza, and daughters to Michigan to help with his second daughter, Elsa’s, health. Because of this the Graziani name is also known near Clarklake, Michigan where there are 3 lakeside homes named Boone, Campbell, and Kenton. The lawyer passed away on 14 of January 1929 and is buried in Evergreen cemetery in Southgate, KY.