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See Salvisa’s History At Family Affair

Anyone interested in the history of Salvisa should check out a photographic exhibit which will be on display at Family Affair Restaurant starting at 2 p.m. on Monday, May 14.

The pictures were taken by Davis Gritton, a house painter and amateur shutterbug.

“He shot his camera all the time,” said historian Anna Armstrong.

Armstrong has spent her life recording the history of Mercer County, through oral histories and photographs taken by herself and others.

She was recording an oral history by Marshall Gritton when he mentioned his father, Davis, had taken pictures of Salvisa, Harrodsburg and the surrounding countryside.

“It was a terrific find,” Armstrong said. “It allows us to see what the area was like.”

Salvisa’s population in 2010 was 420, according to the federal census. But the small town has a long history. It’s been 200 years since Salvisa was established by Robert McAfee.

Armstrong wanted to honor that history and she said Family Affair, which has been owned since 1991 by Kent Sparrow, Judy Kays and Shirley Johnson, was the ideal site.

“It’s just a great place,” she said.

The exhibit begins at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, May 14, at the Family Affair (5509 Louisville Road, Salvisa). For more information, call 865-4096.

This photograph of the Salvisa Depot is one of the pictures which will be on display at Family Affair starting May 14.

To learn more, check out this week’s issue of the Harrodsburg Herald.


  1. Sharon Wingenfield on August 7, 2021 at 10:28 pm

    Hi, I just ran across the article on Salvisa. I have been told that my great great grandfather Michael Matheny resided in Salvisa, Kentucky and owned a tavern there mid 1800’s. Any chance you could put me in touch of someone who knows more? Thank you, Sharon

    • Harrodsburg Herald on August 10, 2021 at 2:09 pm

      Contact the Mercer County Public Library. Phone: 859-734-3680 or email

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