Residents at the Harlan Nursing Home now have a large, newly renovated space in which they can entertain visitors and eat.
The nursing home held an open house Friday to show off its newly renovated dining room, known as the Cawood Cafe, to the public. The room was named in honor of the late Cawood Ledford, a Harlan County native was the voice of the University of Kentucky Wildcats for many years.
Before the food was served, nursing home officials conducted a brief dedication. Administrator Ginger Parsons welcomed the public and residents, Lonnie Hill delivered a prayer and Ledford's wife, Frances, offered a few words of dedication.
"This nursing home is a marvelous place for Harlan County. Cawood would have been proud to have his name associated with it," said Frances Ledford.
"He was proud of Harlan County and Harlan County was proud of him," said nursing home administrator Ginger Parsons.
The nursing home has been working on various upgrades and renovations since 2001. The dining room is the grand finale of these renovations.
According to Parsons, it is Cawood Ledford's family history with the nursing home and his love of Harlan County that inspired nursing home officials to honor him by putting his name on the dining room.