Perryville Rejects Development Near Civil War Battle Site

PERRYVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Civil War re-enactors helped thwart a development that would have put dozens of new homes near Kentucky's largest historic battlefield.

The Perryville City Council voted down the new subdivision proposal 4-1. The plan was criticized by Civil War re-enactors and preservationists who feared a rezoning would open for development more central Kentucky farmland around the 1862 battlefield.

They say Perryville remains relatively unspoiled and appears as it would have during the war.

"I'm relieved," said Sherry Robinson, a member of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, who had spoken against the proposal. "Right now, we're ecstatic."

The developer, Marion "Pete" Coyle Jr., had wanted to develop a portion of his farm on U.S. 150 just west of downtown Perryville. His plans included 53 homes, an assisted-living center and two businesses on 34 acres.

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